Ireland West Airport opens new route to London Heathrow

By Fiona Frawley

March 27, 2023 at 11:33am


The inaugural flight on the route arrived into Knock yesterday afternoon.

Ireland West Airport commenced a new daily service over the weekend, connecting the west coast of Ireland to London Heathrow with Aer Lingus. London Heathrow is London’s largest and most well-connected airport, serving as a major international hub.

This new service also means flyers can enjoy seamless connections via London Heathrow Airport to North America. Aer Lingus currently has partnerships with a network of airlines out of Heathrow Airport, providing access to an ever-growing number of routes. Airlines include Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, JetBlue and United Airlines. British Airways codeshares on Aer Lingus services which will offer global access from Ireland West Airport to/from UK and London Heathrow. British Airways also codeshares on Aer Lingus operated North American and Canadian services for connecting passengers to and from the UK.

The Banshee Effect

Aer Lingus and Tourism Ireland heads believe the route will be popular among tourists looking to visit the West, after The Banshees of Inisherin showcased the region and its scenery on such a global scale.


Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus CEO, said:

“The west of Ireland has so much to offer as a tourist destination with the Wild Atlantic Way and most recently as the filming location for Oscar-nominated The Banshees of Inisherin. Our new Ireland West Airport-Heathrow service is an exciting new route, bringing travellers from Great Britain right to the heart of the action in the west of Ireland. Equally customers from the west of Ireland will now fly into the UK’s largest airport and have the opportunity to travel onwards to cities all over the world.”

Meanwhile Judith Cassidy, Tourism Ireland Deputy Head of Great Britain, said:

“This new route from Heathrow to Ireland West Airport means that GB visitors can travel directly from London to Ireland’s dramatic Wild Atlantic Way coastline in less than two hours. Here they can experience and enjoy the rugged beauty of the west coast of Ireland as seen in the Oscar nominated Banshees of Inisherin. In addition to dramatic land and seascapes, the region is renowned for its warm welcome, amazing food and traditional music all year round.

More info on this route and others is available via the Ireland West Airport website.


Header image via Instagram/irelandwestairport 


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