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Ireland West Airport to close for four weeks as Ryanair suspends flight operations

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Ireland West Airport to close for four weeks as Ryanair suspends flight operations

Ryanair has to make cut-backs

Ryanair have announced they will suspend flight operations from Ireland West Airport and the other regional airports from Saturday, November 14 until Sunday, December 13, 2020.  

The airline has announced the suspension of flight services due to a complete collapse in travel demand as a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current travel restrictions in place. 

This is a further devastating blow for the airport and its staff where passenger numbers this year have plummeted by over 90% with annual passenger numbers now forecasted to decline to less than 150,000 for the full year – the lowest in over 20 years. 

The airport is calling on Government to provide urgent support through an expanded regional airports programme for the airport to address the enormous financial losses to support and protect its cash position resulting from the devastating collapse in passenger traffic as a result of COVID-19 which have been further impacted following the announcement by Ryanair.