2018 was the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers climbing to over 770,000 for the first time in the airports history, surpassing the previous record of 750,000 passengers achieved in 2017.
771,619 passengers used the airport last year which represented an increase of 3% on 2017 numbers.
The airport now serves 23 International destinations and is served by three of Europe’s major International airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair.
According to Donal Healy Head of Marketing with IWAK, despite the ongoing concerns over Brexit, the growth in passenger numbers in 2018 was fuelled by a very strong performance across the range of UK services available at the airport, with an extra 21,600 passengers travelling to and from the UK, which represented a 3% increase on 2017 numbers.
Services to Continental and Mainland Europe continued to perform strongly with over 110,000 passengers availing of flights to a range of European destinations.
2018 was a memorable year as the airport welcomed Pope Francis for a historic visit in August. A €15m investment programme aimed at transforming and modernizing the airport is underway.
2019 is forecasted to be another record year boosted by the recent announcement of a new twice weekly service to Cologne with Ryanair, which will commence in June. In addition Ryanair will increase capacity by 33% on its twice weekly service to Barcelona which starts in April.
In May of this year, rehabilitation of the airports 2,400 metre runway will get underway.