Last year was the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers reaching 750,000 for the first time in the airport’s history – surpassing the previous record of 734,000 passengers achieved in 2016.
In 2017, the annual number of passengers using the airport increased by 2% to 750,000, an increase of 15,500 passengers compared to 2016. The airport now serves 23 International destinations and is served by three of Europe’s major International airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair.
Despite the ongoing concerns over Brexit ,within the aviation industry in particular, the growth in passenger numbers in 2017 was fuelled by a very strong performance across the range of UK services available at the airport, with an extra 18,000 passengers travelling to and from the UK in 2017, which represented a 3% increase on 2016 numbers.
Passenger numbers using Flybes services to Birmingham and Edinburgh reached record levels whilst Aer Lingus recorded the highest number of passengers using their London Gatwick service since the route started in 2009.
The strong increases on UK services highlights the importance of the airport from a regional perspective in providing essential connectivity for leisure, tourism and business passengers reflected by the fact that the airport now serves 9 different airports across the UK which represents the biggest selection of UK services to and from the West and North West of Ireland.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.