A very Irish airport
Knock Airport is something of an oddity. It consists of a runway over a bog, a small apron and bugger all else. I like the fact that a jumbo jet landing here makes the news section of the website.
Being so small it's also quick. My record (handbaggage only) from the door of the aicraft to outside the terminal builing is ONE MINUTE THIRTY-FIVE SECONDS.
Flights come in from the U.K from
Birmingham(Mytravelite & BMI Baby).
Mancester (BMI Baby)
Gatwick (Easyjet & Ryanair)
Liverpool (Aer Arann)
The main drawback used to be that there was no public transport from the airport, although in June 2004 Bus Eieraan began services that link it into it's extensive network via a shuttle service from the airport to nearby Charlestown. I don't know how regular, or reliable this is.
Alternatively hire a car or taxi into Knock town. There is also now an extra tax of 10 Euros to pay in departure tax.
FROM THE WEBSITE :
Just over two decades ago, Knock International Airport was conceived as strategic and essential infrastructure for the socio-economic development of the West and North West regions of Ireland. After Pope John Paul II visited Knock in 1978, local man Monsignor James Horan, initiated and drove the project from then until it opened in 1986. Sadly he lived just long enough to see it completed. He died on pilgrimage in Lourdes just days after the airport opened. The promoters also saw it opening up the region to the Irish diaspora and of course to the millions of people throughout the world who would love to experience this wonderful part of Ireland.
- Budget Travel
Relax...we'll get there
There's no direct train service to Knock so you may have to get off at Castlebar and get a bus. If you DO want to get the train then I recommend it highly. It's a very relaxing way to get there. On board is a bar and it's nearly always full which means you'll meet a lot of people.
Irish rail sometimes organise tours from Dublin. Check their web site for details.
Are we there yet?
Getting the bus - and this includes a car as well - is very tedious. You have to contend with traffic. Road works. Wrong turns (car). Cramped space. The only upshot is you have a lot more flexibility to leave.
Check out Bus Éireann web site for bus times etc and The AA for road updates.
- Religious Travel
We took the bus from Dublin to Knock and back. It took about four and a half hours each way, but it was well worth it.
Along the way, we got to see the gorgeous country side & the sunset.