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Knock Airport has second-busiest year in 28 years

Around 665,000 passengers used the Mayo airport last year – and this year could top 700,000.

Knock Airport
Knock Airport

KNOCK AIRPORT HAD its second-busiest year in its 28-year history in 2013 with 665,000 passengers using the Mayo airport.

The airport, which hosts flights to 25 places and is served by four of Europe’s biggest airlines, saw a significant increase in traffic on routes to Milan, Dusseldorf and London.

Ireland West Airport Knock, as it is officially known, is opening new routes to Eindhoven in The Netherlands, Glasgow and Lithuania in the coming months.

A spokesperson for the airport says 2014 is likely to be the busiest year ever with passenger numbers exceeding 700,000 for the first time, despite a “very challenging environment” in the aviation industry.

“We are looking forward to the year ahead being the busiest in the airport’s history with four new services being launched, extra capacity on our key London services and the Wild Atlantic Way project getting underway,” said Joe Gilmore, the managing director of the airport.

Gilmore said that he hopes to see the airport serve as something of a tourism hub, becoming the “main international Western gateway” for the Wild Atlantic Way, which runs from Donegal to West Cork.

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