Ireland West Airport Knock experienced the second busiest month in its 28 year history in August with over 85,000 passengers passing through the airport last month.
Over 61,000 passengers travelled on flights to and from the UK in August, a five per cent increase on the same period in 2012. August also saw a major increase in the number of German visitors to the west of Ireland with passenger numbers on Lufthansa’s weekly service from Dusseldorf increasing by 67 per cent in August, compared to same period last year, which is welcome news for tourism in the region given Lufthansa provides the only direct access from the German market to the entire west coast of Ireland.
August also saw a significant increase in passenger numbers travelling to popular European sun destinations with numbers increasing by four per cent, with over 20,000 passengers travelling to destinations such as Malaga, Tenerife, Barcelona, Alicante and Milan.
Commenting on a busy month Joe Gilmore, managing director, Ireland West Airport Knock said: “We are delighted to have experienced our second busiest month in the airport’s history last month with, in particular, strong growth in traffic on our UK, German and sun services. This is a positive development for both the airport and tourism interests in the region and highlights the important role the airport and our airline partners play in delivering low cost, convenient, direct access to the heart of the west and north west of Ireland.”