Knock airport bustling as family and friends leave after Christmas holidays

This week is one of the busiest of the year for travel as visitors to the region leave after the Christmas holidays.

Most of those departing are members of families who were home for the festive season.

One of the busiest departure points for this region is Ireland West International Airport at Knock, where there have been many, and some tearful, farewells this week.
This week at Ireland West International Airport is one of the businest of the year as people head back to Britain after their Christmas holidays here.

It was its busiest December ever, with more than 45,000 people flying in and out during the whole month, an increase of five per cent on last year.

And Donal Healy, head of marketing at the airport, says that despite all the bad weather, there has been no disruption in service.

Although official figures are not in just yet, it looks like 2017 will be the best year ever for the airport, with an estimated three-quarters of a million passengers passing through.

And 2018 is already off to a good start, with news that TUI Holidays is to start a new service to Palma/Majorca, starting in June.