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Christmas has come early at Ireland West Airport Knock with the announcement by Ryanair of a major expansion with three new routes to the Canary Islands.
Holidaymakers from the west of Ireland need not worry about flight cutbacks as Ryanair this week announced a new three times weekly service from Ireland West Knock to Reus-Barcelona.
Ireland West Airport Knock has launched a new three times a week service from Knock to Reus-Barcelona in Spain. The new service, which is due to commence on May 4, is the third scheduled European sun destination to be launched from Ireland West Airport Knock following the commencement of the twice weekly service to Alicante last year and the new twice weekly service to Faro which will commence on March 25.
Despite the turmoil in the international aviation industry, Ireland West Airport has reported that it has had its busiest year ever last year, but it has called on key stakeholders in the region to help them secure new route opportunities in 2009.
Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline has announced a three-times-a-week service from Ireland West Knock to Leeds Bradford Airport. The new route will commence on March 30 2010 and it will complement Ryanair’s existing network of routes at Ireland West Knock which include daily scheduled services to London Luton, London Stansted, and Liverpool John Lennon airports, in addition to the four-times-a-week services to East Midlands and Bristol International and the twice weekly service to Alicante which commenced in June. This latest expansion by Ryanair at Ireland West Knock will bring an additional 59,000 seats a year.
Ireland West Airport Knock has benefited from a fallout between Ryanair and Shannon Airport. Due to Shannon’s refusal of Ryanair’s offer to keep four aircraft based in Shannon, Ryanair decided to switch the popular Faro (Portugal) route from Shannon to Ireland West Airport. Shannon’s loss is Knock’s gain and the new route is a welcome addition to IWAK’s ever expanding selection of routes.