2017 is busiest year ever with new route to Majorca also announced
IRELAND West Airport has recorded its busiest year to date with passenger numbers reaching 750,000.
Figures have been growing year on year and surpassed the 2016 figure by 15,500 passengers. The airport now serves 23 international destinations and is served by three of Europe’s major international airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair.
Airport officials cite the increase in part to a very strong performance across the range of UK services, with an extra 18,000 passengers travelling to and from the UK in 2017.
Passenger numbers using Flybe’s services to Birmingham and Edinburgh reached record levels whilst Aer Lingus recorded the highest number of passengers using their London Gatwick service since the route started in 2009.
Over 100,000 passengers availed of the airport’s continental and mainland Europe routes.
Commenting on the 2017 performance, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director at Ireland West Airport said: “We are delighted to have had a record year in 2017 with passenger numbers reaching 750,000 for the first time in the airport’s history, which is good news for the regional economy, for tourism, and for job creation, both at the airport and in the wider economy.”
Mr Gilmore thanked the airline’s customers, airline and tour operator partners, stakeholders, tourism groups, local authorities and Government representatives for their ongoing support.
“I would also like to say a special word of thanks to the staff at the airport for their hard work and continued focus on ensuring the customer and passenger experience through the airport is both a safe and welcoming one in light of some very challenging weather conditions particularly over the past couple of months,” added Mr Gilmore.
Last year was also significant for the airport as work commenced on a €15 million facilities investment plan aimed at transforming the airport over the next three years. The investment will see improvements in new passenger facilities, terminal upgrades and infrastructural works across the airport facility and runway.
By the end of the first quarter of 2018 almost €4 million worth of major infrastructural projects, to improve the operational efficiency and to upgrade and enhance the airports facilities and services, will have been completed.
The airport is already building on increasing passenger numbers for 2018 with the announcement of a new service to Palma Majorca, with TUI Holidays.
The route will commence from June 22, with a weekly flight every Friday until August 24.
In addition to this announcement, Flybe will be adding an extra 16,000 seats on their services to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester this year and Ryanair have increased capacity on their Milan service adding an additional 3,500 seats for the summer.
Speaking about the new route to Majorca, Mr Gilmore said Palma had previously been a very popular destination from the airport.
“We are delighted that TUI have responded to the significant demand in the region with the announcement of the new service, which I am sure will be very popular,” concluded Mr Gilmore.