Knock Airport sets a new record for passenger growth

Posted in Connect on January 7, 2019.

Last year proved the busiest on record at Ireland West Airport, with passenger numbers climbing to more than 770,000 for the first time in the airport’s history, surpassing the previous record of 750,000 in 2017. The passenger figures represent the third consecutive year of record passenger growth at the airport. In 2018, some 771,619 passengers used the airport, representing an increase of 3% on the previous record year in 2017. The airport now serves 23 international destinations and is served by three of Europe’s major international airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe, and Ryanair. Despite the ongoing concerns over Brexit, the growth in passenger numbers in 2018 was fuelled by a very strong performance across the range of UK services available at the airport, with an extra 21,600 passengers travelling to and from the UK, which represented a 3% increase on 2017 numbers.

Passenger numbers using Flybe’s services to Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Manchester reached record levels, while more than 82,000 travelled on the London Gatwick service with Aer Lingus — the highest number of passengers using their service since the route started in 2009. In addition, Ryanair recorded its busiest ever year for passenger numbers on its Bristol service in 2018. Services to mainland Europe continued to perform strongly, with more than 110,000 passengers availing of flights to European destinations such as Alicante, Barcelona, Malag a, Lanzarote, Milan, Tenerife, and the Costa Dorada and Palma services with TUI Holidays. Also, 2018 was a memorable year as the airport welcomed Pope Francis forahistoric visit in August. Management also embarked on a €15m investment programme aimed at transforming and modernising the airport to ensure the facility will meet future needs of passengers. Another record year is forecast in 2019, boosted by the recent announcement o f a new twiceweekly service to Cologne with Ryanair, which will commence in June. In addition, Ryanair will increase capacity by 33% on its twice-weekly service to Barcelona which starts in April and will increase its Bristol service to now operate all year round.

Western People, 7th January 2019

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