Sunday 21 January 2018

Tourism boost for Knock as Ryanair adds three routes

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

RYANAIR will launch three new services at Knock next year.

From next April, the airline will begin services to Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Glasgow Prestwick, Scotland, and Kaunas in Lithuania. It will also add extra flights to Luton from Ireland West Airport Knock, bringing the weekly total to 18.

Ryanair pledged to add one millions passengers to airports in Dublin, Shannon, Knock, Kerry and Cork after the scrapping in the Budget of the controversial €3 air travel tax from next April.

The new services at Knock will increase Ryanair's passenger traffic at the airport next year from 500,000 to 580,000, bringing 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.

Joe Gilmore, the managing director of Ireland West Airport Knock, said the new services would provide a "major boost" for tourism, and he expects to make further route announcements in coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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