RYANAIR is launching new services from Ireland West Airport Knock next April after the travel tax is scrapped.
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.