(Thursday 18th December 2014) Ireland West Airport Knock is expecting to have its busiest Christmas period in the Airports 28 year history as thousands of people make their way home for Christmas to the West and North West. Over the Christmas period the airport is expected to handle over 30,000 passengers making it the busiest Christmas period in the Airports history with traffic expected to be up by over 5% compared to last Christmas.
Airlines have added extra flights in the last few days to cater for the increased demand for flights both to and from the West of Ireland with flights from UK cities such as East-Midlands, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool proving most in demand.
The 23rd December is expected to be the busiest day before Christmas with almost 2,000 passengers passing through the airport and the ‘Mayo Male Voice Choir’ will be on hand to greet arriving passengers with a special Christmas performance.
Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock said ‘We are expecting our busiest Christmas period in the airports history and it’s a lovely time of year to see families and friends reunited in the airport arrivals hall. The run up to Christmas Day is a very busy period for the airport and this Christmas passenger numbers will be up by around 5 percent compared to this time last year following the recent introduction of extra evening flights to London Stansted with Ryanair and a strong overall performance on our other UK and European services’
2014 is on track to be the busiest year in the airports history with a milestone of 700,000 passengers being reached for the first time – this follows the month of August being the busiest month in the airports history where the monthly throughput of 100,000 passengers was a milestone for the airport. Airlines such as Flybe and Ryanair are set to achieve record growth at the airport in 2014.
In the last few weeks it has been announced that 7 local authorities have approved in principle to invest in the development of Ireland West Airport & take an equity stake in the airport. These include both Galway city & county councils together with Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal & Roscommon & Mayo
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