More than 91,000 passengers used Ireland West Airport Knock in July of this year, making it the busiest month in the airport’s 28 year history.
According to figures, there was a 17 per cent increase in traffic to and from the UK from July 2013, while traffic to and from continental Europe increased by 18 per cent. There is an expected 20 per cent increase in the number of German visitors this year, combined with a growth in travellers from the UK.
All four of the airport’s airline partners, Flybe, Aer Lingus, Ryanair, and Germanwings, showed an increase in passenger numbers compared to 2013.
Figures show that Ireland West Airport is on track to record the busiest year in the airport’s history, with passenger numbers expected to reach 700,000 for the first time.
Following this, an independent study by Ernst and Young Economic Consultants stated that the airport supports more than 900 jobs in the region, with an overall economic contribution of €133 million annually.
Commenting on the record numbers, Joe Gilmore, managing director at Ireland West Airport, said: “We are delighted to have recorded our busiest month in the airport’s history, which is an endorsement for the range of destinations, ease of access, and convenience of the airport for the people of the region and for those overseas visitors who want to fly directly into the heart of the west of Ireland.”