Ireland West Airport wins National Age Friendly Transport Award

left to right: John McCarthy, Operations and Commercial Services Manager, Ireland West Airport, Maura Murphy, Age Friendly Program Manager, Mayo County Council, Seamus Weir, Cathaoirleach, Mayo County Council, Marie Flanagan, Chair, Older Peoples Council Mayo, Sr Maureen Lally, Senior Friendly Ambassador Mayo, Kevin Kelly, CEO, County Council Mayo

Knock Ireland West Airport and Shannon Airport were crowned co-winners of the Age Friendly Transport Award.

Both airports received this recognition at the National Age Friendly Ireland Awards this week.

The awards, held at Dromoland Castle, recognize and reward the achievements of age-friendly initiatives across Ireland.

Both airports became the first airports in the world to be recognized as Age Friendly, endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), in June this year.

The airports won first prize in their category for the vital difference that the availability of good quality, easily accessible, user-friendly and reliable transport options can make for an older person.

Ireland West Airport’s Managing Director, Joe Gilmore, said: “We are delighted, alongside Shannon Airport, to have won this prestigious national award which recognizes both our airports and the hard work of our staff to create a more age-friendly environment at our respective airports.

“I would like to express our sincere thanks to Mayo County Council, Clare County Council, Age Friendly Ireland and Older Peoples Council Mayo for their support of this project, which contributed greatly to this award.”

“Special thanks to airport staff and especially our frontline staff who made this possible.”

“Thanks to their continued hard work, our airport is now recognized as a world leader, alongside Shannon Airport, in providing a more age-friendly environment.”

“Especially for the most vulnerable people in society who rely on that extra personal touch and care that can be so important to them when traveling through the airport.”

This is the second award for Ireland West Airport following a national Chambers Ireland award in 2019, in conjunction with Mayo County Council, in recognition of the airport’s work in adopting the recognition scheme suitable for the elderly.

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