2016 has been confirmed as the busiest year ever at Ireland West Airport Knock, with passenger numbers exceeding 730,000 for the first time in the airport’s 31-year history.
The number of passengers using the Mayo airport last year increased by 7% to 734, 031 – that’s an increase of over 48,000 passengers on 2015.
The airport now serves 23 international destinations and is served by three airlines – Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Flybe.
Management at the airport say the growth in passenger numbers last year was fuelled by the commencement of new services to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Costa Dorada.
The UK market saw the biggest increase in 2016, with an extra 55,000 passengers using UK services to and from Knock Airport – which was a 10% increase on 2015 numbers.
2016 was an eventful year, as the airport celebrated its 30th anniversary, and welcomed its 10 millionth passengers last July.
Managing Director of Ireland West Airport Knock Joe Gilmore said record passenger numbers last year is good news for the regional economy, for tourism and for job creation – both at the airport and in the wider economy.