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Knock Traffic Up
By Bryana Hindle
8, Sep 2011 - 07:25

This August 84,000 passengers used Ireland West Airport Knock showing a 5.9% increase from August 2010, and recording the busiest month in the airport's history, surpassing the previous high of 2006. It has also been the busiest year in the airport's history with a total of 451,186 passengers using the airport between January and August inclusive, a 14% increase on 2010 levels.

August traffic from the UK was up 5% on 2010 levels, while overall passenger numbers for year to date January to August increased by 10%. The latest figures also show that Ireland West Airport is fast becoming a departure point for sun and continental holiday makers. Over 94,000 passengers made mainland European and sun holiday trips between January and August this year, a 41% increase on 2010.

Commenting on the results, Joe Gilmore, Airport Managing Director, said: "New routes this year to Lanzarote, Las Palmas and Tenerife added to the other sun destinations in Spain and Portugal have proved a success with families in particular finding the ease of access into and through the airport very convenient."

Summary - Traffic Through Knock

August 2011 August 2010 % change Jan –Aug 2011 Jan- Aug 2010 % change
Total 84,052 79,329 +5.9 451,186 395,765 +14.0
UK 61,213 58,288 +5.0 354,769 322,517 + 10.0
Continental/sun 22,839 20,109 +14 94,027 66,685 +41.0

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