Ireland West Airport flying high . . . and looking forward to 2019

Ireland West Airport had its busiest year ever in 2018.

More than 770,000 passengers used the airport during the year just gone.

For the third year in a row, the numbers of passengers using Ireland West Airport increased.

The more than 770,000 who passed through the airport during 2018 surpassed the previous year’s record of 750,000 in 2017.

The highest profile passenger to arrive and take off from the airport was, of course, Pope Francis, who visited Knock in August.

Despite ongoing concerns over Brexit, an extra 21,600 passengers travelled through the airport to and from the UK, an increase of three per cent on 2017.

Services to Europe continued to perform strongly, with more than 110,000 passengers availing of flights to a range of destinations such as Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Lanzarote, Milan, Teneriffe and Costa Dorada.

The airport also embarked on a €15m investment programme.

It now serves 23 international destinations with airlines Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair.

And, as the airport’s Head of Marketing Donal Healy has been telling Ocean FM News, the New Year is already starting off on a positive note.