Wednesday 22 November 2017

Ireland West Knock Airport: New flight from Boston to start this Summer

Ireland West Airport at Knock
Ireland West Airport at Knock

Jane O’Faherty

Ireland West Knock Airport is set to welcome its first flight from Boston this summer as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The flight, which is set to touch down at the Mayo airport in July this year, will come to Knock as the Archdiocese of Boston makes its first Diocesan pilgrimage to the Marian site.

It will be the first transatlantic service operated by Aer Lingus from Boston to Knock.

Last year, the airport launched a charter programme from New York.

Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Seán O Malley, welcomed today’s announcement, saying: “The Archdiocese of Boston is blessed and strengthened by the faith of the Irish Catholic community here and also that of our many friends and relations in Ireland.”

 “We look forward to parishioners from the Archdiocese and people from many walks of life coming together as we journey in pilgrimage to the Shrine at Knock, this coming July for the rededication of Our Lady's Basilica.”

 Cardinal O’Malley said he was delighted that Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh would also be among the group arriving in Knock for the pilgrimage this year.

 Fr. Richard Gibbons, Parish Priest and Rector of Knock Shrine said that he was delighted to welcome Cardinal O’Malley for the pilgrimage this year.

 “Both Cardinal O'Malley and Mayor Walsh have very strong western connections and once again their visit with so many pilgrims shows the possibilities of pilgrimage growth and the strategic importance of Ireland West Airport to the future of Ireland's National Marian Shrine,” he said.

 Joe Kennedy, Chairman, Ireland West Airport Knock, said the flight was another “stepping stone” in securing regular transatlantic services for the airport.

 “Today’s announcement is even more historic given the airport will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the official opening of the airport in May of this year and we look forward to welcoming our Boston visitors to the West of Ireland next July,” he said.

 Meanwhile, Brian O’Dwyer, International Chair of Ireland West Airport Knock said: “This is a further important step in opening the West of Ireland to tourism and to travel from the Irish in the diaspora. I congratulate both Aer Lingus and the staff of the airport for making this possible.”


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