With Ireland West Airport set to re-open tomorrow (Wednesday) all passengers have been advised to wear facemasks.
Due to Covid-19, the airport closed on Sunday, March 29th. Since then staff numbers have been reduced by 30% and a range of measures have been put in place to ensure that those who work and pass through the airport can do so safely.
As the airport re-opens Ryanair will offer a reduced service to 10 destinations, including flights to the UK and sun holiday destinations such as Milan, Malaga, and Faro. Pre-Covid-19 Ryanair operated 12 destinations and Aer Lingus offered a service to Gatwick. However, it is understood that the Gatwick service will not resume until September.
Due to restrictions on travel airport management is expecting that the reduced flight schedule and demand will push passenger numbers back to 2003 figures. Numbers are expected to drop to fewer than 240,000 this year — a 70% fall from last year’s figures. Last year was the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport, with passenger numbers climbing by almost 5%, to 807,000, for the first time, surpassing the previous record, of 772,000, in 2018.
Seats on some of the flights, which are resuming, were booked pre-Covid-19 and it is not yet known if passengers will travel.