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Sunday 21 September 2014

Flying high: Ireland West Airport tops 100,000 passengers in August

Published 05/09/2014 | 08:57

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Pictured celebrating the 100,000th passenger through Ireland West Airport Knock this August are Joe Gilmore, Managing Director,Philip McGlynn, Bundoran, Co. Donegal (100,000th passenger) and Sarah Rowley, Head of Airline and Customer Airline Services.
Pictured celebrating the 100,000th passenger through Ireland West Airport Knock this August are Joe Gilmore, Managing Director,Philip McGlynn, Bundoran, Co. Donegal (100,000th passenger) and Sarah Rowley, Head of Airline and Customer Airline Services.

Knock airport is on course for its best ever year after a total of 102,774 passengers passed through the terminal in August.

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The figures make August the busiest month in the airport's 28-year history - marking the first time over 100,000 passengers have travelled through it in a calendar month.

Ireland West is also now on track to record its busiest year on record - with passenger numbers expected to reach 700,000 for the first time.

The Airport serves 25 International destinations and is used by four of Europe's biggest airlines - Flybe, Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Germanwings, all of whom have shown an increase in passenger numbers and record load factors compared to August 2013, the airport says.

The August figures represent a 20pc increase on passenger numbers in August 2013.

The airport has been growing in importance as a Western gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way this year, as well as the West and North West of Ireland, with passenger traffic to/from mainland and continental Europe up by 16pc.

So far this year, Ireland West has announced new Ryanair services to Glasgow, Eindhoven and Kaunas (Latvia), as well as a new Germanwings service to Cologne.

Increased capacity mean it will also offer 20,000 extra seats to London this winter.

Joe Gilmore, Managing Director Ireland West Airport, said:

“It’s a very proud milestone to reach 100,000 passengers in a month and milestones like this demonstrate that passengers are increasingly choosing the convenience of flying from their regional airport when the flights and holidays they want become available, and also for those overseas visitors who want to fly directly into the heart of the West of Ireland."

Shannon Airport is also predicting a bumper year, with passenger numbers on course to increase by 10pc over 2013.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport has welcomed almost 14.6 million passengers in the first eight months of this year, a 7pc increase on the same period in 2013.

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