Starting 7th May 2012, Lufthansa will operate a weekly direct service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Düsseldorf every Saturday until 29th September. Connecting services to Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich will also be available.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, said: “I would like to congratulate the team at Ireland West Airport Knock for delivering this new route, which will benefit the whole region and has huge significance from a tourism point of view. Germany is a key market for Irish tourism as German tourists tend to stay for an average of a week at a time and travel more widely. This is a great example of how close co-operation between the transport and tourism sectors can deliver a successful result.”
Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock, added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the world’s fourth largest airline, Lufthansa, to Ireland West Airport Knock. Germany has long been identified as a key strategic market for this airport but also for the island of Ireland from a tourism perspective and we are delighted that Lufthansa have chosen our airport to operate new services to and from Germany in 2012.
“This is a major vote of confidence for this airport and indeed the wider region. Over 200,000 Germans visit the West of Ireland every year and we are delighted to be able to now provide direct access from Germany to the West and North West of Ireland. We urge the trade and tourism partners in the region to get behind these new services and ensure their success in 2012 and we are confident that this will be the start of significant expansion by Lufthansa at this airport in the coming years.”
Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager; Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD; Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock; and Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive, Tourism Ireland, announce the new Lufthansa service next summer from Düsseldorf to Ireland West Airport Knock