2017 was the busiest year on record for Co. Mayo's Ireland West Airport Knock, which saw 750,000 travellers passing through its doors last year.
Much of the airport's growth was attributed to strong performances on British routes, such as those operated by Flybe to Birmingham and Edinburgh, and Aer Lingus's London Gatwick service, which facilitated the largest number of passengers in 2017 since its inception in 2009, reports The Irish Times.
Commenting on the airport's success, its managing director Joe Gilmore said, "We are delighted to have had a record year in 2017 with passenger numbers reaching 750,000 for the first time in the airport’s history, which is good news for the regional economy, for tourism, and for job creation, both at the airport and in the wider economy."
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The news follows November's announcement that Knock's runway is to undergo an upgrade as part of a €15 million investment, which also includes the creation of new passenger facilities, upgrades to terminals and other infrastructural work.