Ireland West Airport Knock are delighted to launch their summer 2015 schedule, with 180 weekly flights to and from 21 international destinations, with over a half a million seats available this summer, to and from the airport. The airport is served by leading European airlines Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair.
Ireland West Airport Managing Director, Joe Gilmore said that this summer is set to be another busy season at the airport. “There’s an exciting range of destinations to choose from this summer at Ireland West Airport. We are delighted to have a new service to and from Turkey with Sunway starting in September, combined with significant increases in seat capacity and frequency on a number of our services including Bristol, East Midlands, Faro and Alicante, providing our customers with greater flexibility, whether travelling for business or leisure purposes,” he added.
In August the airport welcomes the first Diocesan pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of New York to Ireland’s National Marian Shrine with Aer Lingus. This represents a historic development for the airport and the region as it will be the first ever transatlantic service operated by Aer Lingus, from the US, to Ireland West Airport Knock and the first official chartered pilgrimage to Ireland’s National Marian Shrine which according to Mr Gilmore is a major breakthrough for the airport ‘The new pilgrimage service with Aer Lingus from New York, marks the return of transatlantic flights to the West of Ireland after an absence of 8 years. It will be a major milestone for the airport and the region, to welcome Ireland’s flagship transatlantic carrier, Aer Lingus, to the airport, for their first ever transatlantic service to the West of Ireland. We hope this is an important stepping stone in securing regular transatlantic services for the region into the future and we look forward to welcoming our US visitors to the West of Ireland in 2015.’
Ryanair has continued to grow their operations at the airport and now serves 12 scheduled International destinations. This summer will see Ryanair fly to 5 UK airports London Luton, London Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool. They will also provide city break options to the likes of Barcelona and Milan. Furthermore their popular sun services return to the likes of Alicante, Faro-Algarve, Malaga, Lanzarote and Tenerife - providing great holiday options for those living in the West, North West and Midlands regions of Ireland.
Aer Lingus’s daily London Gatwick service continues to go from strength to strength and is a convenient service for those looking to access South London and the likes of Southampton and Brighton also, whilst providing fast, easy access to Central London on the Gatwick Express train.
Flybe, Europes largest regional airline, provide up to 10 weekly services to and from Manchester, all year around, providing excellent connectivity between the West of Ireland and a key UK city.
In addition the airport will have holiday flights to and from Croatia and Faro with Concorde Travel and pilgrimage services to the likes of Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje with Joe Walsh Tours and Marian Pilgrimages.
Furthermore Paul Claffey Tours will operate their hugely popular music and fun tours to Cadiz in Spain and Faro in Portugal once again this summer.
From an inbound tourism perspective the Wild Atlantic Way offers huge potential for the airport and region. The airports location as the central gateway to 8 of the 15 official Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery points is hugely exciting and showcases the airport as the perfect gateway for overseas visitors to discover this beautiful scenic route.
An additional bonus for passengers flying from Ireland West Airport Knock this summer is the introduction of a new ‘online car parking booking system’ enabling passengers to pre-book their car parking online on www.irelandwestairport.com and save up to 30% on existing parking rates, providing extra value, combined with the existing convenience of parking at the airport. All online spaces are on-site within 2-5 minute walk of the terminal building
For more information on flights and services to and from Ireland West Airport Knock this summer visit www.irelandwestairport.com
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