Knock Airport awarded €1.9 million funding boost

Ireland West Airport Knock has been allocated direct Exchequer supports of almost €1.9million as part of a state aid package to support Irish Airports.


Mayo TD Alan Dillon, has welcomed today’s funding by the Transport Minister of State Naughton that provides operational grant-aid for the western airport. The funding is targeted at vital safety and security related operational expenses at Ireland West Airport Knock for 2021.


Deputy Dillon said: “This funding will go a long way towards enabling our regional airports to remain financially sustainable as they move beyond this current crisis and into 2022.”


“Government fully recognize the devastating impact that Covid has had on our regional airports. This almost €1.9m of funding announced today for Knock airport will help alleviate the financial damage caused by Covid to the maximum amounts allowable under the Supplementary Supports Scheme for Irish Airports.”


The Fine Gael TD added: “Funding has been allocated to each airport on a pro-rata basis in line with 2019 passenger numbers and calculated in accordance with the eligibility criteria of all measures under the approved State aid Scheme.


“This funding reinforces Government’s commitment to the Aviation sector, by providing State airports with flexibility to roll out discounts on airport charges, with a view to supporting the recovery and restoration of strategic connectivity, including on long-haul routes, for Ireland.


“This brings the funding to date during 2021 for Ireland West Airport Knock to €6.5 million”.