Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC), often abbreviated to Knock Airport, is an important regional hub for north-west Ireland. It’s serves as gateway to rugged coastline, remote wilderness and the famous Knock Shrine pilgrimage site.
This single-terminal facility is small compared to Ireland’s big three (Dublin, Cork and Shannon), with an annual throughput of around 650,000 passengers. However, the on-site amenities and passenger facilities far exceed what would normally be expected of a terminal of this size. This is why Knock has received so many honours in recent history, including being named ‘Best Regional Airport’ by the Ireland Chamber of Commerce for two consecutive years.
The busiest carrier here is low-cost airline Ryanair, which operates a variety of regional routes to destinations in Ireland and the UK, with more heading to resort locales across greater Europe. Several other airlines offer a mix of regularly scheduled seasonal and charter flights from Knock Airport.
Terminal facilities include free wireless Internet, exchange services, several shops and newsagents and a selection of restaurants on both sides of security. Airport shuttles transfer passengers to nearby Charlestown, where comprehensive regional transport links are in place. Arriving passengers can also pick up a cheap Knock Airport hire car from the Europcar desk in the Arrivals Hall.
This part of Ireland is relatively unknown to tourists. It was previously known mainly to locals for Knock Shrine, where 19th-century locals reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Knock’s international profile reached new heights when the Pope arrived in 1979. Since then, it has continued to attract religious devotees from overseas.