Ireland West Airport in Knock Handles 818,000 Passengers in 2023

Ireland West Airport in Knock Handles 818,000 Passengers in 2023
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Ireland West Airport in Knock announced this week the handling of 818,000 passengers in 2023, in a year of strong growth for the airport.

Nowadays, the airport serves around 21 destinations internationally, and has made strong progress in growing that portfolio.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Ireland West Airport in Knock Handles 818,000 Passengers in 2023…

Ireland West Airport in Knock Handles 818,000 Passengers in 2023
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The 818,000 passenger figure represents a 13% increase compared to 2022, of which 665,000 of this represented flights to the UK.

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair recorded 730,000 passengers out of the airport in 2023, which has been dubbed a record year for the carrier out of the airport.

148,000 passengers used popular destinations such as:

  • Alicante
  • Barcelona
  • Faro
  • Majorca
  • Malaga
  • Milan
  • Cologne
  • Lanzarote
  • Tenerife

Arthur French, the Chairman of West Ireland Airport in Knock had this to say on the results:

““We are delighted to have seen such a strong recovery in passenger travel in 2023, which has resulted in a record year for the airport, which is great news for tourism and job creation, both at the airport and in the wider economy.”

“2023 was a milestone year for the airport, we had the honour of welcoming the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, to the West of Ireland, as he touched down at the airport on Friday 14th April, in what was a momentous occasion for the airport and indeed the West of Ireland.”

“We launched new services to both Lanzarote and Tenerife with Ryanair, and for the first time launched a new daily service with Aer Lingus, to one of Europe’s major international airport hubs, London Heathrow. I would like to thank Minister Eamon Ryan TD, Minister of State Jack Chambers, TD, and Govt representatives for their continued support for the airport.”

“In addition, I wish to express our gratitude to our customers, airline and tour operator partners, stakeholders, tourism groups, and Local Authority partners for their ongoing support in helping us to continue to grow passenger numbers and develop international connectivity for the region.”

“I would also like to say a special word of thanks to the staff at the airport for their hard work and continued focus on ensuring the customer and passenger experience through the airport is both a safe and welcoming one.”

“We will continue to work with our stakeholders and airline partners over the next 12 months as we strive to further grow our suite of routes from the airport whilst continuing to invest in our airport transformation programme”.

All eyes will be on how West Ireland Airport and 2024 will go together, as the Knock-based airfield continues to grow.

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