Record number of passengers used Knock airport in 2018

Co Mayo facility has added almost 100,000 passengers since 2015

Knock airport serves 23 international destinations.

Knock airport serves 23 international destinations.

 

Ireland West Airport Knock serviced over 770,000 passengers last year, representing the third consecutive year of record passenger growth.

The Mayo facility, more commonly known simply as Knock airport, surpassed the previous record of 750,000 passengers set the previous year with an increase of 3 per cent in 2018 to 771,619 passengers.

A strong performance across the airport’s range of UK services fuelled growth, with Aer Lingus carrying 82,000 passengers on the London Gatwick service and Flybe posting strong passenger numbers on its Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester routes.

This year is forecast to be another record year for the facility, boosted by Ryanair’s new service to Cologne in addition to an increase in capacity on its Barcelona service from April. A spokesman previously told The Irish Times the facility expects to carry 800,000 passengers in 2019.

Knock airport will begin work on a runway overlay in May this year which will also see the installation of new ground lighting systems. Further work to be undertaken this year includes upgrade and enhancing the airport’s departures area.

“We are delighted to have had a record year in 2018,” Ireland West’s chairman Arthur French said. “This is the third successive year of growth at the airport with almost 100,000 extra passengers using the facility since 2015.”

Knock serves 23 international destinations with Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Flybe. Additionally, it offers services to continental and mainland Europe routes through TUI Holidays.

It is the State’s fourth-largest airport with more than double the passenger numbers of Kerry airport but fewer than half that of Shannon airport.