According to their latest figures, 2011 was Ireland West Airport in Knock’s busiest year to date since its establishment in 1985. Last year, the annual number of passengers using the airport increased by over 65,000 passengers to 654,500 - an increase of 11% on 2010.
The airport predicts that the current economic conditions will continue to influence travel patterns in 2012 but that due to an expanded network of over 28 International destinations and the recent announcements of new Mainland European services to Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan and Paris with Lufthansa and Ryanair the Airport expects to grow passenger levels by a further 9% in 2012. A recent independent study by Ernst & Young Economic Consultants states that the airport supports a total of 914 jobs in the region with an overall economic contribution of €143m annually. The new services detailed above are alone expected to generate an additional tourism spend of over €23m for the region.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.