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Top 10 Holidays from Ireland West Airport – Knock in 2024

Did you know that you can fly direct to 21 destinations from the West of Ireland? I’ve highlighted some of my favourite holidays from Ireland West Airport to inspire your next getaway.

Ireland West Airport had their busiest year on record last year and 2024 is set to be another bumper year with 60 weekly departures. As well as direct services to top holiday hotspots like the Algarve, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Lake Garda, the daily flight to London Heathrow means you can also connect seamlessly to over 80 destinations worldwide!

5 Reasons to Travel from Ireland West Knock Airport this Summer:

As well as a great choice of destinations, there are so many reasons to travel from Ireland West Airport this Summer!

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1. Ireland West Airport offers cheap and hassle free parking !

Ireland West Airport offers the cheapest airport parking rates, when compared to Dublin, Cork or Shannon. It is priced at only €40 per week in short term or long term – they don’t differentiate because all spaces are right beside the terminal.

2. You can get from the car park to boarding gate in under four minutes!

You also don’t need to worry about getting to the airport hours before your flight departs – simply follow the check in guidelines from your airline, and you are guaranteed to be at the boarding gate with plenty of time to spare! You can actually get from the car park to your boarding gate in under four minutes – yes, they timed it!

3. You don’t need to remove laptops or liquids from cabin bags

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Ireland West Knock Airport has installed the next-generation cabin baggage screening system, which is fully operational at the airport. These new machines mean you no longer need to remove laptops, phones and liquids from cabin bags. This being convenient is a given, but it will also make security queues even shorter!

4. The restriction on liquids of more than 100ml no longer applies

As well as not needing to remove electronics or liquids from your cabin bag, the new screening system means the restriction on liquids of more than 100ml no longer applies 🙌. This means you can book a 10kg cabin bag, rather than 20kg checked bag, which will not only save you money, but will also allow you to bring all your favourite toiletries and suncreams away with you!

5. Duty Free shopping has never been easier! 

duty free shopping at Ireland West airport

When travelling to the UK and the Canary Islands you can enjoy the joys of Duty Free shopping at the airport and enjoy great value from leading brands such as Jameson Whiskey and Drumshanbo Gin. You can also Shop, Drop and Collect on fragrances or cosmetics. This is ideal if you are travelling with a 10kg cabin bag and prefer to collect your shopping on your return. 

So now that you know how convenient it is to travel from Ireland West Airport, the only decision is where will you go? That’s where I come in: I have lots of holiday ideas below to help you.

Top 10 Holidays from Ireland West Knock Airport in 2024

1. London and Beyond…

The Aer Lingus daily service from Ireland West to London Heathrow allows you to connect seamlessly to over 80 destinations around the world!

sightseeing in New York

You can book directly on the Aer Lingus website from Ireland West Knock to many of Ireland’s most sought after destinations including New York and Washington, and also on the British Airways website to long haul favourites such as Bangkok, Cape Town and Sydney.

TOP TIP: Compare prices on both websites – you may pick up a bargain! Daily flights are available from Ireland West to Heathrow all year round.

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As well as flying directly to London Heathrow, you can also enjoy direct flights to London Luton and Stansted from Ireland West Airport with Ryanair.

Take in the city views from the London Eye, treat the kids to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – it’s only 20 minutes from Luton, or visit London’s most talked about virtual concert, Abba Voyage. I saw this with my daughter last year, it is a must see for Abba fans!

Read: Top Tips for visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour, London

Read: Top things to do in London with kids and where to stay

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2. Lanzarote

Hotel in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Irish holidaymakers, so the weekly service that was reintroduced last year, was warmly welcomed!

Lanzarote is ideal for families, couples, and friends looking for a beach holiday with warm sunshine, duty free shopping and plenty of things to do. There are accommodation options to suit all tastes, from self catering apartments to luxury five-star hotels.

I love that there are no high rise buildings in Lanzarote – this makes even the commercialised holiday resorts, such as Puerto del Carmen, very pleasing on the eye. There are many resorts to choose from, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise are the largest, but there are also smaller resorts, such as Los Pocillos, Matagorda and Puerto Calero – suffice to say there is a resort in Lanzarote to suit everyone.

Read: Family holidays in Lanzarote, my top picks on where to stay

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

Fly from Ireland West Airport to Lanzarote weekly with Ryanair.

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3. Faro – Algarve

The Algarve is one of my favourite sun holiday destinations. I travel there regularly for family holidays and girly getaways, and love its stunning beaches and pretty old towns.

There are many resorts to choose from including the lively resorts of Albufeira and Praia da Rocha, and the quieter more relaxed towns of Alvor and Sagres. For those looking for glitz and glamour, Quinta do Lago will not disappoint, and of course the Algarve is home to some of Europe’s top golf courses.

Read: Where to stay in the Algarve, my ultimate guide to the top holiday resorts

Fly from Ireland West Airport to Faro with Ryanair four times weekly this Summer.

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4. Malaga – Costa del Sol

Costa del sol from Ireland West Airport

The Costa del Sol needs no introduction, as it is one of the most popular holiday destinations from Ireland. With a host of resorts to choose from, including the lively resorts of Benalmadena and Marbella, as well as glitzy Puerto Banus or more relaxed Estapona, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the Costa del Sol.

Malaga City should not be overlooked either. It has terrific tapas bars and a vibrant centre, and make sure to time to walk the Caminito del Rey – it is a bucket list experience for sure!

What was once considered one of the world’s most dangerous cliff walks, has been carefully restored and offers unforgettable views of gorges, canyons and valleys.

Read: Top tips for walking the Caminito del Rey and Why You Need to Visit

Read: Top things to do in Malaga and where to stay

Fly weekly from Ireland West Airport to Malaga with Ryanair, all year round.

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5. Bergamo – Milan / Lake Garda

lake garda from Ireland West Airport

Milan is arguably Italy’s most stylish city, but its proximity to Lake Garda and Lake Como, make it a super choice for holidays from Ireland West Airport this Summer.

Gardaland holidays from Ireland West Airport

Take the kids on a camping holiday in Lake Garda and visit Gardaland, enjoy a romantic getaway in Lake Como, or a shopping break in Milan – there is a host of options to choose from with this direct service to Bergamo from Ireland West Airport.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Lake Garda

Fly from Ireland West Airport to Bergamo twice weekly with Ryanair.

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6. Alicante – Costa Blanca

Alicante from Ireland West Airport

The Costa Blanca is a gorgeous 200km stretch of Mediterranean coastline that is home to popular destinations such as Torrevieja, Benidorm and Alicante, as well as the more relaxed resorts of Albir or Altea.

Alicante is brimming with culture and boasts a tree lined promenade and gorgeous yacht marina. Its old town, El Barrio, is a packed with tapas bars and live music venues, and of course its coastline means you can combine a city break with some beach time too.

This coastline is also a great choice for families looking for relaxed sun holidays from Ireland West Airport. The resorts of Calpe, Altea and Albir offer more reasonably priced accommodation than its counterparts on the Costa del Sol.

The region is also popular with golfing holidays with over 30 different golf courses to choose from.

Fly from Ireland West Airport to Alicante with Ryanair twice weekly.

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7. Tenerife

family holidays to Tenerife from Ireland West airport

Did you know that Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands? This new year round service from Ireland West airport is proving very popular with Irish holidaymakers.

Families love the wide range of family attractions, especially the world’s best waterpark – Siam Park,  the accessible seafront promenades are a pleasure to explore, and Tenerife boasts the most luxury hotels of all the Canary Islands!

Read: Family holidays in Tenerife – top things to do and where to stay

However, if nightlife is what you seek, you won’t be left wanting! Playa de Las Americas has a huge choice of late night bars and clubs to satisfy anyone looking for a lively holiday.

Fly from Ireland West Airport to Tenerife with Ryanair weekly.

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8. Palma – Majorca

From leaving cert holidays to family resorts, celebrity hotspots, to the cultural city of Palma – Majorca ticks all boxes if you are looking for summer holidays from Ireland West Airport.

Holidaymakers will be familiar with the lively resorts of Santa Ponsa and Alcudia, but the lesser known Puerto Pollensa and Cala D’or are ideal for families looking for a more relaxed holiday.

If you are looking for something a little more exclusive, try Soller or Deia on the west coast – this is Majorca at its best. Take a tram to the port of Soller and enjoy a day trip to Valldemossa, it is one of the prettiest villages in Majorca.

Read: Majorca holidays – how to choose the right resort for you

Fly from Ireland West Airport to Palma weekly with Ryanair.

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9. Girona – Barcelona / Costa Dorada

enjoy holidays in Barcelona from Ireland West Airport

Whether you choose a city break in Barcelona, or a beach holiday on the Costa Dorada, Girona is a great destination to choose for your next holiday from Ireland West Airport. It location on the north east coast of Spain should also prove popular for holidaymakers looking for holiday destinations with cooler temperatures this summer.

Marvel at the Sagrada Familia, take in a football match at the Camp Nou, or visit one of Europe’s best theme parks – PortAventura World.

Flights are available twice weekly from Ireland West Knock to Girona airport, starting in April. Girona is located about an hour from Barcelona. It is also a gateway to some of the many great campsites on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, including the highly sought after Càmping Castell Montgrí which is just 45 minutes drive away.

Read: Where to stay in Salou, my top picks of hotels, apartments and campsites

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona and the top things to do

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10. Cologne

Cologne has been on my wish list for many years – and I might just have to visit next summer! Home to one of the world’s most spectacular cathedrals, this cultural city is brimming with architectural masterpieces.

Cologne from Ireland West Airport

However, I am told its nightlife is pretty good too! With beer halls aplenty, this university town has more than 70 clubs, as well as numerous bars and restaurants to ensure a great night out.

Fly from Ireland West Airport to Cologne with Ryanair twice weekly.

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So no matter which destination you choose, choose holidays from Ireland West Airport in 2024 and get your holiday off to a flying start! For more information visit, or follow Ireland West Airport on social media for the latest news and travel updates.

flight coming in to land at Ireland West Airport

This post was sponsored by Ireland West Airport, but all views, as always, are my own.

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