Passenger numbers increased by almost 5% to approximately 807,000 at Ireland West Airport Knock last year, making 2019 the airport's busiest year to date.
In a statement on Ireland West Airport Knock's website, the airport's chairman, Arthur French, said, "The continued growth at Ireland West Airport is fantastic news for the regional economy. We are delighted to have had a record year, with passenger numbers reaching 807,000 for the first time in the airport's history, which is also good news for tourism and job creation, both at the airport and in the wider economy.
"This is the fourth successive year of growth at the airport and a decade which has seen the airport increase passenger numbers by 37% from 589k passengers in 2010 to a record high of 807k passengers in 2019. I would like to thank our customers, airline and tour operator partners, stakeholders, tourism groups, local authorities and government representatives 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."
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French added, "As we look ahead to 2020, the year ahead will present many challenges due to ongoing uncertainty in the aviation industry and, in particular, due to Brexit and the continued grounding of the 737 max aircraft. We will continue to work with our stakeholders and airline partners over the next 18 months as we strive to develop new and existing access, and continue our airport transformation programme."
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