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Ireland West Knock announces second scheduled European Service outside of the UK as Ryanair Announces New Route to Faro in The Algarve!

Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline today, Wednesday 16th December, announced a new twice weekly service from Ireland West Knock to the hugely popular holiday destination - Faro in the Algarve, Portugal.  The new route which is due to commence on the 30th March 2010 is the second scheduled European service from Ireland West Airport Knock following the introduction of the hugely successful twice weekly service to Alicante which commenced last June and will re-commence again on March 29th 2010.

The addition of the new Faro service will compliment Ryanair’s existing network of routes at Ireland West Knock which include daily scheduled services to Liverpool, London Luton and London Stansted airports in addition to the four-times-a-week services to East Midlands and Bristol, their twice weekly summer service to Alicante and the recently announced three-times-a-week service to Leeds Bradford which starts on March 25th 2010. The new Faro service will operate during the 2010 summer season from March to October. It is expected that this latest expansion by Ryanair at Ireland West Knock will generate an estimated 16,000 additional annual passengers at the Airport.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock said: “The addition of this European service from Ireland West Knock is another significant step in the Airport’s development as we expand our schedule services to now include a second popular European sun destination. Ryanairs continued growth from Ireland West Knock is further good news for passengers and we are sure this new Faro service will prove hugely popular with holidaymakers in the West, North West and Midlands regions of Ireland.  Despite the recession, Ireland West Knock continues to attract new destinations and this latest round of expansion from Ryanair underlines the airline's continued confidence in Ireland West Airport Knock.  This new service will come as welcomed news to many holiday makers who will now have more flexibility when booking their holidays to self package or to go on shorter breaks to Portugal direct from Ireland West Knock as opposed to travelling to Dublin or Shannon. Providing easy access into Portugal’s Algarve, Faro is the perfect holiday destination for families and couples alike.

Commenting on the new route Ryanair’s Steven McNamana, said: “Ireland West Airport Knock today celebrates the announcement of Faro as a new destination.  To celebrate this new route at Ireland West Airport Knock, Ryanair are releasing 1m €5 seats for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on over 500 routes across its European network in January.  These €5 seats are available for booking on until midnight Thursday (17th Dec).

Flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to Faro will depart on Tuesdays at 09:35am and on Thursdays at 12:55pm and will return into Ireland West Airport on Tuesdays at 09:10am and on Thursdays at 12:30pm.  For further airport information log onto; for information on fares and to book flights log onto

About Faro – The Algarve
Providing easy access into Portugal’s Algarve, Faro is the perfect holiday destination for families and couples alike. With some of the cleanest beaches in Europe, a lively nightlife and cafe culture and plenty of activities for families, the Algarve also offers a number of historical sites to explore
For the active, there are plenty of sporting opportunities, including some of the best golf courses in Europe. Inland, the delightful countryside is a joy to explore, so hire a car and make the most of your surroundings. Silves, the Algarve capital, should come high on your list of sights to see. With its majestic castle and cathedral, it makes for a wonderful day out.
Famous for its climate, the Algarve boasts over 300 sunny days a year and is renowned for its superb hospitality, with visitors enjoying a warm welcome wherever they go. Perfect for all types of holidaymaker, especially families, the Algarve is hard to beat!


* Fares inclusive of taxes and charges, excluding Ireland West Airport Knock’s €10 Development  Fee charged on departure to adults and children aged 12 years and older.

For further MEDIA information contact:

Ireland West Airport Knock
Donal Healy, Marketing Executive, Ireland West Airport Knock
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