2018 the busi­est year on record for Knock Air­port

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

2018 has proven to be the busi­est year on record at Ire­land West Air­port with pas­sen­ger num­bers climb­ing to over 770,000 for the first time in the air­port’s his­tory, sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 750,000 pas­sen­gers achieved in 2017. The pas­sen­ger fig­ures rep­re­sent the third con­sec­u­tive year of record pas­sen­ger growth at the air­port.

In 2018 771,619 pas­sen­gers used the air­port which rep­re­sented an in­crease of 3% on the pre­vi­ous record year in 2017.

The air­port now serves 23 In­ter­na­tional desti­na­tions and is served by three of Europe’s ma­jor In­ter­na­tional air­lines, Aer Lin­gus, Flybe and Ryanair.

De­spite the on­go­ing con­cerns over Brexit, the growth in pas­sen­ger num­bers in 2018 was helped by huge pas­sen­ger num­bers on UK ser­vices, with an ex­tra 21,600 pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to and from the UK, which rep­re­sented a 3% in­crease on 2017 num­bers.

Pas­sen­ger num­bers us­ing Flybes ser­vices to Birm­ing­ham, Ed­in­burgh and Manch­ester reached record lev­els whilst over 82,000 pas­sen­gers trav­elled on the Lon­don Gatwick ser­vice with Aer Lin­gus - the high­est num­ber of pas­sen­gers us­ing their ser­vice since the route started in 2009.

In ad­di­tion Ryanair recorded its busi­est ever year for pas­sen­ger num­bers us­ing its Bris­tol ser­vice in 2018.

Ser­vices to Con­ti­nen­tal and Main­land Europe con­tin­ued to per­form strongly with over 110,000 pas­sen­gers avail­ing of flights to a range of Eu­ro­pean desti­na­tions such as Ali­cante, Barcelona, Malaga, Lan­zarote, Mi­lan, Tener­ife and the Costa Do­rada and Palma ser­vices with TUI Hol­i­days.

2018 was a mem­o­rable year as the air­port wel­comed Pope Fran­cis for a his­toric visit in Au­gust which marked an­other mile­stone in the air­port’s his­tory.

The air­port also em­barked on a €15m in­vest­ment pro­gramme aimed at trans­form­ing and mod­ern­iz­ing the air­port to en­sure the fa­cil­ity will meet the fu­ture needs of both our air­line cus­tomers and pas­sen­gers.

A num­ber of ma­jor projects were com­pleted in 2018 in­clud­ing the up­grad­ing of toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, an en­hanced ar­rivals area, new way find­ing di­rec­tional sig­nage and the open­ing of a new state of the art Vis­i­tor Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre in No­vem­ber.

The en­hanced main ter­mi­nal at Ire­land West Air­port Knock.

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