Aer Lingus is scheduled to resume operations on its Knock-London Gatwick service on December 18, in time for the busy Christmas season, he said on Friday.
Service will return gradually before a full service resumption scheduled for March.
“This is good news for the west and north-west of Ireland following a suspension of service for more than 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the airport said of West Ireland.
“The Gatwick service has been a ubiquitous service at the airport since its inception in 2009, and is extremely important from a business, diaspora and tourism perspective.”
During the Christmas period, the London Gatwick service will operate daily.
The airport said the route provides “critically important” connectivity not only with the London market, but as a gateway from the west of Ireland to Europe, with London Gatwick offering a wide range. international connections.
Welcoming the news of Aer Lingus’ return to the airport, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director of West Ireland Airport, said: âThe past 18 months have been an extremely difficult time for the airport and the whole. industry, and today’s announcement by Aer Lingus is a major vote of confidence, not only in the airport, but in the northwest and west.
He thanked the Air Lingus team âfor their continued support and commitment to the airport as we seek to rebuild our route networkâ.
“I know this announcement will be great news for the loyal customer base that Aer Lingus has built up over the past 12 years, especially leading up to the busy Christmas season, and it will be great to welcome the famous livery once again. Aer Lingus in the West. “
Susanne Carberry, director of customer service at Aer Lingus, said the airline was âdelighted to announce a major restart of a number of our favorite routes in North America and Europe, and to reconnect friends again, families and businesses â.
She said safety “remains our priority at Aer Lingus”, and that measures such as mask requirements and additional cleaning have remained in place.
âWe are also committed to making the flight experience as comfortable as possible and customers can enjoy our onboard food, drink and entertainment services,â she said.
Before traveling, Aer Lingus customers are advised to use the airline’s new online travel assistance tool.
The tool can be used to search by destination and retrieve tailored and up-to-date travel information based on specific circumstances, including vaccination status, return trip and flight connection requirements.
If plans change, customers can also take advantage of the flexible âbook with confidenceâ booking offer through December 31st. Fares to Gatwick start from â¬ 32.99 each way, including taxes and airfare.