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Record Knock passenger numbers in Aug

Friday, September 05 10:53:09

Last month saw another record number of travellers pass through Ireland West Airport Knock.

A total of 102,774 passengers passed through the terminal in August - the first time in the 28 year history that over 100,000 passengers have used the airport in a calendar month.

This landmark follows record passenger numbers in the month of July (91,028) an 18pc increase on July 2013 whilst the August figures represented a 20pc increase on passenger numbers in August 2013.

August traffic to/from the UK was up 21pc on August 2013, while passenger traffic to/from mainland and continental Europe increased by 16pc, highlighting again the airports importance as the main Western gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way and the West and North West of Ireland.

The airports main airline partners, Flybe, Aer LIngus, Ryanair and Germanwings showed an increase in passenger numbers and record load factors compared to August 2013.

Knock is on track to record the busiest year on record 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 Europe's 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 for the second consecutive month. It's a very proud milestone to reach 100,000 passengers in a month and milestones like this demonstrate that passengers are increasingly choosing the convenience of flying from their regional airport when the flights and holidays they want become available and also for those overseas visitors who want to fly directly into the heart of the West of Ireland. id like to take this opportunity to thank the airport staff in particular for their hard work and support in achieving this significant milestone for the airport and we look forward to many more milestones in the coming years."

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