Ryanair to launch new services from Knock airport after travel tax scrapped
Published 31/10/2013 | 11:26
RYANAIR is launching new services from Ireland West Airport Knock next April after the travel tax is scrapped.
The airline will open new routes to Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Kaunas in Lithuania, and to Glasgow Prestwick. Services to London Luton will be increased from 16 flights a week to 18.
The new services are the latest to be added by Ryanair after Finance Minister Michael Noonan said in this month’s Budget that he’s binning the travel tax from next year.
Last week, Ryanair unveiled new services from Shannon in a major boost for the airport. The carrier is also in talks with airports at Dublin, Cork and Kerry to increase services there.
After Minister Noonan announced that the travel tax would be abolished, Ryanair pledged to bring an extra 1m passengers to Irish airports.
The new services at Knock will increase Ryanair’s passenger traffic at the airport next year from 500,000 to 580,000. It will bring the airport’s total annual passenger traffic to an expected 750,000.
“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,” said Ryanair chief operating officer Michael Cawley in Knock this morning.