Austrian based airline - Lauda - this week announced a brand new route from Ireland West Airport to Palma, Majorca, starting in March 2020 - it will be their first ever service from a regional airport in Ireland.
The new Majorca service will commence on March 31, 2020 and operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer period using an Airbus A320, 174 seater jet aircraft. Lauda is a low-cost carrier based in Vienna in Austria and currently flies to 38 destinations across Europe and is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings plc.
Welcoming Lauda to the West of Ireland, Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport, said: "This represents another major milestone in the airport's history as we welcome a new major airline partner to the airport.
"We are delighted that Lauda have given the airport and the West and North West of Ireland a huge vote of confidence by launching their first ever service from regional Ireland with a new scheduled service to Palma-Majorca in Spain, which we know will be hugely popular with holiday-makers in the region.
"With an extensive route network across Europe including operating bases in Austria, Germany and Spain, today’s announcement represents a major development for the airport and the wider region and we encourage the trade and general public in the West to get behind this new service and ensure it’s a success, which will provide further opportunities for new services with Lauda in the future."
Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, says the announcement “highlights the importance of Ireland West Airport to the region and provides a welcome boost for Tourism in this area and we look forward to welcoming new visitors to Mayo and the West.
“This announcement, coming on the back of the recent Strategic Development Zone approval, the new IWAK to Cologne route and the opening of the newly refurbished runway by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, is a further boost for Ireland West Airport and County Mayo.”
Cllr Brendan Mulroy, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, added; “This is a major milestone for Ireland West Airport, launching the first ever regional Ireland service for Lauda Air, and Mayo County Council are proud to be a partner. Ireland West Airport is the jewel in the crown of the West of Ireland and this new route only further enforces that. It is a massive boost for Mayo and the West, underlining the importance of having an international airport in the region.”
Speaking at the launch at Ireland West Airport, Andreas Gruber, CEO, Lauda, said: "We are proud to offer our passengers a new non-stop service from Ireland West Airport to Palma (Majorca ) and expand our route network in Ireland.
"Majorca has been always been a firm favourite and now it will be even easier for holidaymakers in the West of Ireland to get there with twice weekly direct, scheduled low cost flights. It is a superb destination for families, couples and singles alike."