Wednesday, August 06 10:49:21
The month of July has proven to be a record breaking month at Ireland West Airport Knock as the airport recorded its busiest month for passenger traffic in the airport's 28-year history.
Over 91,000 passengers used Ireland West Airport Knock in July, surpassing the previous busiest ever month, which was August 2012, when 89,500 passengers passed through the airport.
July traffic to/from the UK was up 17pc on July 2013, while passenger traffic to/from mainland and continental Europe increased by 18pc, highlighting the airports importance as a gateway for the West of Ireland for important tourist generating markets, particularly in mainland Europe. All four of the airports airline partners, Flybe, Aer LIngus, Ryanair and Germanwings showed an increase in passenger numbers and higher load factors compared to July 2013.
The latest figures also show that Ireland West Airport is on track to record the busiest year in the airports history with passenger numbers expected to reach 700,000 for the first time. The Airport now serves 25 International destinations and is served by four of Europes biggest airlines.
Commenting on the record numbers, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director Ireland West Airport, said "We are delighted to have recorded our busiest month in the airports history, which is an endorsement for the range of destinations, ease of access and convenience of the airport for the people of the region and for those overseas visitors who want to fly directly into the heart of the West of Ireland. These passenger figures highlight the importance of the airport for the regions in which we serve and how with support from regional stakeholders the airport can continue to grow and develop essential international connectivity that will lead to more jobs and prosperity for the people of the West and North West of Ireland".