Knock International Airport is one of the sites for CarHire.ie’s on-site offices. The Knock International Airport desk is open from 900am to 10pm daily, although closing time can extend if there are delayed flights. CarHire.ie offers the most competitive car hire deals in Ireland, with packages that are in tune with the needs of overseas travellers. Its fleet of well-maintained cars and other vehicles come from a variety of vehicles classes so that travellers’ needs can be easily met. From subcompacts to four-wheel-drives – CarHire.ie has it. Passengers who are just about to plan a trip to Ireland can already book a car rental at this early stage. CarHire.ie has an online booking system travellers can use to reserve and schedule a car rental when they arrive. Knock International Airport Details Knock International Airport serves the western and north western areas of Ireland. It is located 32 kilometres east of Castlebar and is 16 kilometres from Knock Village. The Airport, formerly known as the Horan International Airport, officially opened for flights in 20 May 1986. It was intended to bring employment opportunities to an area that has been impoverished for many years. The Airport was also seen as a means to pave the way for Roman Catholic pilgrims to visit the Knock Shrine, which was built to commemorate an even in 1879. In June 2004, it was voted as Ireland’s best regional airport by the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland. That year, Knock International Airport posted a passenger traffic figure of 370,000. The Airport has one passenger terminal as well as ten check-in desks. Going to and from the Airport is not a problem because of the ample transportation accommodations. Taxis are available outside the terminal building and a shuttle bus regularly plies its route from the airport to Charlestown station. Knock International Airport has ample facilities and amenities for passengers. A public communications kiosk is located at the arrival area that has internet access and coin/card telephones. There is also an exchange bureau and ATMs from the Bank of Ireland located within the building. For travellers who plan to go on a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine (the site where the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John The Evangelist supposedly visited in 1879), an office for the Knock Shrine is located at the ground floor and offer information on the Marian shrine. CarHire.ie companies also have off-site offices located in the Airport and cater to a rising number of tourists who are travelling through Ireland via a rented car. A car trip through Ireland is the best way of seeing the country and is a reason why more people are contacting car hire companies to inquire about car hire packages and booking car rentals. The Airport operates a number of bars that cater to the many passengers, itinerant travellers and personnel that go through the airport. Skyline Café, with its great panoramic views, offer home-cooked meals with a choice of hot and cold beverages. Specialized meals can also be requested at the Café like low-carbohydrate and vegetarian meals. The Run-A-Way Bar is an old-style bar on the ground floor that offers a good selection of cold snacks and has a fully licensed bar. Recently, Knock International Airport installed a Wi-Fi network – making all of the buildings a broadband access zone.
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