Ireland West has record Christmas
Ireland West Airport is expecting 30,000 passengers over the Christmas period, making it the busiest in the airport’s history.
Passenger numbers estimated to arrive and depart at the airport over the Christmas period are expected to be up 6% compared with the same time last year.
Friday, December 21st was the busiest day for arriving passengers at the airport with over 2,500 passengers.
2018 will be the third consecutive year of growth at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers set to reach 772,000 for the first time – 3% up on 2017 figures.
Additional capacity added by Ryanair on their Bristol and Milan services and record numbers using Flybe’s services to Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh have contributed to record breaking numbers at the airport in 2018. In addition Aer Lingus will have their busiest year to date on their Gatwick service.Looking ahead, 2019 is expected to be a further year of growth at the airport following the announcement of a new twice weekly service to Cologne in Germany with Ryanair, which starts in June 1st 2019 and the introduction of an additional 26,000 seats on their Barcelona and Bristol services respectively by Ryanair. In 2019 the airport will serve over 20 destinations across the UK and Europe.
Joe GIlmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said ‘2018 has been another strong year of growth with passenger numbers reaching record levels.
“In addition to passenger growth, 2018 has been a memorable year as we welcomed Pope Francis to the airport for a historic visit. We also completed a number of major infrastructural projects aimed at transforming and modernising the airport to ensure the facility will meet the future needs of both our airline customers and passengers
Ireland West Airport has been very busy over the festive period.