Ryanair now has more routes and expects to carry more passengers than ever before from Ireland West Airport Knock.
The airline revealed it will fly to 16 destinations and carry 580,000 passengers from the airport this year, increasing its passenger numbers from Knock by 11 per cent.
Ireland West Airport Knock and Ryanair launched the airline’s summer and winter schedules in Galway Bay Hotel last week.
Speaking at the event, Ryanair’s head of sales and marketing, Peter Bellew, said the airline was celebrating “record growth” at Ireland West Airport Knock.
He pointed to three new services introduced in 2014 from the airport, flying to Glasgow, Scotland; Kaunas, Lithuania; and Eindhoven, Netherlands.
“Additional frequencies on two London routes will deliver over 80,000 additional passengers making 2014 Ryanair’s busiest year ever at the airport,” added Mr Bellew.
Capacity on the London routes, to Luton and Stansted, has increased by 20 per cent with 50,000 new seats in 2014 and more choice and day return options for passengers.
Managing director at Ireland West Airport Knock, Joe Gilmore, said Galway is now a “key market” for the Mayo airport. He said some 75,000 passengers from the Galway region are using the airport annually and a further 100,000 plus visitors from overseas are using the airport to visit the Galway region.
“We thank Ryanair for their continued confidence and support for the airport and the west of Ireland over the last 28 years and, furthermore, as the main international western gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way, we would hope tourism providers in the Galway region benefit significantly from these new and additional services to ensure they are a success and are maintained for the longer term.”