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Ireland West Airport was delighted to announce that last Friday, it welcomed the 10 millionth passenger to use the airport since it officially opened in 1986. Lorna Conway from Athlone, who was travelling to Edinburgh with Flybe for a wedding with her parents, was the lucky 10 millionth passenger and on checking in for her flight today was greeted with champagne, a specially designed Lily O'Brien gift hamper, and a pair of return flights to Edinburgh, to mark the occasion.
Ireland West Airport recorded a nine per cent increase in passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2016 with some 123,000 passengers using the airport in the first three months of the year. The airport is on track to record the busiest year in its 30 year history, with passenger numbers set to soar to close to 750,000 this year.
Ireland West Airport has announced a very special live gala concert that will take place in the airport's terminal building on Friday May 27 to mark the 30th anniversary of its official opening. The concert is a celebration not to be missed and looks back over 30 years of memories and nostalgia for the airport that critics said ‘should never have been built’.
The Mayo Association World Convention from the April 29 to May 1 taking place in Erris offers something for everyone. Mayo Association Dublin invites people to meet the Canadian Ambassador, His Excellency, Kevin Vickers at the dinner on the Friday evening. Following the dinner, entertainment will be provided by the Sylvan Kelly School of Dancing from Ballina, a supremely talented group of dancers who are the current holders of three world titles and 47 world medals won at the 2016 World Irish Dancing Championships in Glasgow last month.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring this week welcomed the announcement of funding in the amount of €760,500 from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for Ireland West Airport Knock under Funding for Safety and Security Projects at Regional Airports 2015-2019. Minister Ring stated: “This funding is in respect of safety and security projects and are as follows additional fire tender (€535,500), fire station extension (€175,500), and airfield inspection and control vehicle (€49,500).
Ireland West Airport has announced, in partnership with Bank of Ireland, the first ever runway run/walk which will take place on the airport runway on Saturday May 28.
Ireland West Airport, in partnership with Bank of Ireland, has announced the first ever charity run/walk on the runway at its base in Knock.
At the end of May runners and walkers are being offered a chance to dash off down the runway of Ireland West Airport Knock for the first time ever and challenge themselves on a 5km course. Saturday May 28 at 7pm will see the inaugural Bank of Ireland sponsored Runway Run-Walk taking place.
Ireland West Airport staff have voted to select three new charities for the inaugural Ireland West Airport Charity of The Year programme for 2016. The airport has announced that the three charities selected for 2016 are Cancer Care West, MS Ireland, and Pieta House.
Growth continues of routes in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock with the announcements of a major expansion of two new year round services by Flybe to Birmingham and Edinburgh which will see 75,000 additional seats at the airport, and Falcon and Thompson will offer Spain's Costa Dorada as a new holiday destination for the summer 2016 season.