Budget airline Ryanair has announced another batch of new routes out of the west of Ireland on the back of the travel tax being scrapped.
Ryanair has also committed to inc rease frequencies on its London route.
The airline said the investment, which it claimed will support 80 new jobs at Knock Airport, was part of its aim to carry an additional one million people at Irish airports in a direct response to the Government lifting the three-euro travel tax from April.
Michael Ring, junior minister, said: "I will work with the team in Tourism Ireland to ensure we do all we can to promote these new services overseas and to help ensure these routes are a success for the west and north west regions and bring a much-needed boost to the tourist industry in these regions."
Ryanair has already made announcements for eight new routes out of Shannon and plans other investments for Cork, Dublin and Kerry in the coming weeks.
In Knock, Ryanair's Michael Cawley said: " The scrapping of the travel tax will help restore Ireland's competitiveness and attractiveness to overseas visitors from the UK and continental Europe in particular."