Ireland West Airport Knock today, Wednesday 14th January, announced its first ever scheduled European flights as Ryanair is set to commence a twice weekly service direct to Alicante International Airport in Southern Spain on 5th June 2009 until the end of October. The introduction of Alicante now brings to 11 the number of scheduled destinations available at Ireland West Knock and compliments its additional network of 13 European holiday destinations. This latest expansion at Ireland West Knock will generate an estimated 12,000 additional annual passengers at the Airport this summer.
Commenting on the new route Lesley Kane, Head of Sales & Marketing, Ryanair said: “Ireland West Airport Knock today celebrates the announcement of Alicante as a new destination. The route will go on sale today and will begin from 5th June. With a total of six low fare routes from Ireland West Knock this summer, passengers can beat the recession by flying at Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges to Bristol, East Midlands, Liverpool, Stansted, Luton and now Alicante. Ryanair’s passengers will sustain 400 local jobs and provide more than €47 million in tourism revenue for the west of Ireland and its surrounding regions next year. To celebrate this new route at Ireland West Airport Knock, Ryanair is offering 1million €1 seats for travel in February and March. These seats will be snapped up fast and are available for booking on www.ryanair.com before midnight Monday.”
Welcoming today’s announcement, Annette Kearney, Marketing and Route Development Manager, Ireland West Airport Knock said: “The addition of this direct service to Alicante International Airport with Ryanair is a milestone in the Airport’s development as we expand our schedule flight services to now include a popular European destination for the first time. We know that this will come as welcome news to the many holidaymakers from the region that choose to self package and will compliment our existing range of charter holiday destinations which have proven to be so popular. In addition we are sure direct low fares access to Alicante will come as welcome news to the many people from the West and North West of Ireland with holiday homes in this south east region of Spain.”