The west of Ireland's new airport at Knock has a busy opening day with commercial flight arrivals and departures.

On 25 October 1985 the first flight for Knock, County Mayo took off from Dublin Airport. Passengers on the first flight were mainly press and television crews.Thousands of spectators came out in force at Connaught Regional Airport on what has been described as

One of the greatest days in the history of the West of Ireland.

This report by Andrew Kelly shows preparations for departure at Dublin Airport and preparations for arrival in Knock on board the 25 minute flight.

Monsignor Horan was the man of the day, the man who had initiated the plans for Knock Airport and commented

We're very proud of our pilots from Mayo

RTÉ News also spoke to Captain Bagnall about the facilities at Knock Airport. Air Hostesses Liz Howard and Anne Sweeney, both from Mayo, also comment on the occasion and the importance for County Mayo.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 October 1985. The reporter is Andrew Kelly.