Ireland West Airport set for busiest Christmas period ever

Ireland West Airport is expecting over 50,000 passengers to pass through the airport this December with 30,000 passengers welcomed through the airport 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 six per cent compared with the same time last year. Tomorrow Friday December 21 is set to be the busiest day for arriving passengers at the airport with over 2,500 passengers set to pass through the airport. This week will see local schools and choirs from across the region perform in the arrivals area of the airport to create a lovely atmosphere as loved ones arrive home for Christmas.

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 – three percent 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.

“The convenience, hassle free nature of the airport combined with our increasing route network continues to prove popular with people in the West, North West and Midlands regions of the country and we thank them for their ongoing support.

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