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Christmas comes early to the West of Ireland as Ryanair announces major expansion from Ireland West Airport Knock with three new routes to the Canary Islands

Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline today, Wednesday 1st December, are delighted to announce a major expansion from Ireland West Airport Knock as they announce the introduction of three new routes to the Canary Islands.  Starting in February 2011 Ryanair will operate weekly flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to the hugely popular sun holiday destinations of Gran Canaria and Tenerife with flights to Lanzarote starting in April 2011. 

All three services will operate on a year round basis.  The new routes bring to six the number of scheduled European services from Ireland West Airport Knock following the introduction of the hugely successful services to Alicante, Faro-Algarve and Reus-Barcelona which commenced last March and May respectively.. The addition of these new services will compliment Ryanair’s existing network of routes at Ireland West Knock which includes daily scheduled services to Liverpool, London Luton and London Stansted airports in addition to the four-times-a-week services to East Midlands and the three times a week services to Bristol and Leeds Bradford. It is expected that this latest expansion by Ryanair at Ireland West Knock will generate an estimated 35,000 additional annual passengers at the Airport.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock said: “We are delighted to welcome this major expansion by Ryanair from Ireland West Knock which represents a hugely significant milestone in the Airport’s development as we expand our schedule services to now include the hugely popular Canary Islands. Ryanairs continued growth from Ireland West Knock is further great news for passengers and we are sure the new, year round, services to Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria will prove hugely popular with holidaymakers in the West, North West and Midlands regions of Ireland and beyond who can soak up some winter and summer sun at great low prices.  Despite the current economic uncertainty, Ireland West Knock continues to attract new destinations and provide more choice and value for money for the people in the region and this latest expansion from Ryanair underlines the airline's continued confidence in our airport’

Commenting on the announcement Ryanair’s Maria Macken, said: “Ryanair is delighted to announce three new destinations from Ireland West Airport Knock to the sun drenched Canary Islands. Passengers in the West can escape to the sun on one of Ryanair’s weekly flights and start the summer early in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote. These seats will go on sale from tomorrow with fares starting from as low as €55.99 one way and we urge passengers to log on to to book early to avoid disappointment.”


1. Flights to Gran Canaria will start on 22nd February and operate every Tuesday year round
2. Flights to Tenerife will start on 16th February and operate every Wednesday year round
3. Flights to Lanzarote will start on 6th April and operate every Thursday year round

* 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.

To view pictures from the announcement click here