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MAN–tastic news as Ireland West Airport Knock announces a new service to Manchester with Europes largest regional airline, Flybe.

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline are delighted to announce a new expansion from Ireland West Airport Knock by introducing a new 4 times weekly service to Manchester. The new service will commence on the 30th October 2011 and will operate year round.

Flybe are Europe’s largest regional airline and also the UK’s Number One domestic carrier. They operate over 215 routes from a total of 73 departure points.

This new development is a major boost for the airport as it maintains essential connectivity between the West of Ireland and Manchester, a route which has been in place for the past ten years with bmibaby.
This new service also opens up access to some major International routes on the Flybe network with passengers now able to book onward flights to Europes biggest international hubs such as Paris which will now be easily bookable through Manchester from Ireland West Knock.

Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “Following the introduction last year of our first ever service between Ireland West Knock and Edinburgh, we are now pleased to offer travellers to and from Ireland West even more choice with this additional new route direct into Manchester. Flybe’s announcement means that Flybe now offers passengers a choice of 14 services per week to and from Ireland West Knock to and from Edinburgh and Manchester operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art 78-seat, 2x2 seat configured Q400 aircraft that appeals to those who wish to fly with confidence with Europe’s leading regional airline and the world’s Number One Independent Regional Operator.”

Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock commented ‘We are delighted to announce a new service to Manchester with Europes largest Regional airline, Flybe, Our Manchester service has long been one of our most established routes from the airport and I am sure the uninterrupted continuation of our Manchester service will come as welcome news to the thousands of people who use this service for visiting friends and relatives, travelling to football matches and also those who use it for business purposes. We are well aware that there is a huge West and North West of Ireland diaspora based in the Manchester region and furthermore we are delighted to be adding our second destination with Flybe following the introduction of their Edinburgh service last April which continues to go from strength to strength and this announcement is a major vote in confidence in our airport as Flybe continue to grow services from our airport’.

Starting October 30th 2011, flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to Manchester will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with fares on sale now starting from as little as €29.99 one way including taxes and charges*.

For further airport information log onto; and for information on fares and to book flights log onto

*Note: 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.

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For further MEDIA information contact:
Donal Healy, Marketing Manager
Ireland West Airport Knock
T: +(087) 4165612