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Knock airport is flying high

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Knock airport is flying high


The year ahead is forecast to be the busiest ever in Ireland West Airport Knock’s history, with passenger numbers expected to exceed 700,000 for the first time. In 2013, the annual number of passengers using Knock airport reached 665,000 – the second highest traffic figures at the airport since it opened in 1986.
The Gathering provided a major boost for passenger numbers last year, particularly from key markets in the UK, Italy and Germany. The year saw a 7 percent increase in traffic on London services; a 23 percent increase in traffic from the Italian market on Ryanair’s Milan service; and a 28 percent increase in traffic from the German market on Lufthansa’s Dusseldorf service. Flybe also celebrated 100,000 passenger milestone at Ireland West Airport Knock on its Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester services.
New destinations for 2014 include a new twice-weekly service from Eindhoven in Holland, which starts at the beginning of April. In addition Ryanair will start new direct services three-times weekly to Glasgow in June 2014, and once-weekly services to the Lithuanian city of Kaunas in April. Ryanair is also planning to add an added 60,000 seats on their hugely popular Luton and Stansted services, with new evening departures on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays to cater for the increasing demand amongst the business and commuter market.
From May 31, Germanwings, which is owned by Europe’s largest airline, Lufthansa, will operate direct flights between Knock and Cologne-Bonn in Germany every Saturday until the end of October.
Commenting on  Ireland West Airport Knock’s success, the airport’s managing director, Joe Gilmore, said: “We are delighted to have had another strong year in 2013 against what continues to be a very challenging environment in the aviation industry.”
Looking to the future, Gilmore cited the potential rewards of the planned Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork: “We hope the Wild Atlantic Way initiative will be a major tourism success story for the region, and our continued growth and the addition of new services will be central to its success, as Ireland West Airport will be the main international Western gateway for the route.”