Ireland West Airport Knock recorded another major milestone last month, experiencing its busiest ever month with a total of 102,774 passengers passing 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 18% increase on July 2013, while the August figures represented a 20% increase on passenger numbers in August 2013.
August traffic to/from the UK was up 21% on August 2013, while passenger traffic to/from continental Europe increased by 16%, highlighting again the airport’s importance as the main western gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way and the West and North West of Ireland. The airport‘s main airline partners, Flybe, Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Germanwings, showed an increase in passenger numbers and record load factors compared to August 2013.
Ireland West Airport 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.
Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport, said: “We are delighted to have recorded our busiest month in the airport’s history for the second consecutive month. It is 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. I would 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.”