Ireland West Airport Knock are delighted to announce a major boost for the West of Ireland with the news that one of Europes largest airlines, Germanwings, will commence new direct services from Cologne in Germany starting in March 2014.
Starting May 31st 2014, Germanwings, which is wholly owned by Europes largest airline, Lufthansa, will operate direct flights to and from Cologne-Bonn every Saturday until the end of October. Connecting services to their expanded network of over 80 destinations worldwide will also be bookable as part of the new service. From Cologne/Bonn airport the cities of Cologne and Bonn are only 15 minutes away with both Dusseldorf and Frankfurt also within 90 minutes drive.
Over 400,000 Germans visit Ireland each year with more than 200,000 visiting the West and North West of Ireland annually. These new services will generate an additional 9,000 seats to and from Germany in Summer 2014 bringing an estimated 4,000 German tourists to the region, generating a spend in excess of €2,000,000 for the West, North West and Midlands regions.
Welcoming this major announcement Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring said, “I’m delighted to welcome the announcement by Germanwings today to operate a new service from Cologne in Germany to Ireland West Airport which is another positive development in 2013, the year of the Gathering. It is no secret that Germans love the product on offer in this region with over 200,000 coming to the region each year and this new direct service will further enhance our profile in Germany. We look forward to welcoming thousands of German visitors to the West next Summer and wish Germanwings every success with the new service’
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said, “The introduction of this new Germanwings service is good news indeed and will expand travel options for German holidaymakers wishing to visit Mayo and the West of Ireland in 2014. Over the coming months, we will be rolling out a comprehensive programme of co-operative promotions in Germany in conjunction with Germanwings.
Joe Gilmore, Managing Director Ireland West Airport Knock added “Ireland West Airport Knock, is one of only two airports in the country with direct flights to and from the Cologne Bonn area in Germany, serving a region from the South West right up to the North West and across to the Midlands so this represents a major boost for tourism in the region and we are delighted that Germanwings and Lufthansa recognises Ireland West Airport Knock as the major international gateway to the West of Ireland’.
Starting May 31st 2014 flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to Cologne-Bonn will depart every Saturday at 14:15pm with fares starting at just €79.99 one way, until the end of October. For further airport information log onto www.irelandwestairport.com; and for information on fares and to book flights log onto www.germanwings.com.