Ire­land West has record Christmas

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

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.

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