Flybe, Europeâ€™s largest regional airline, has announced a major expansion from Ireland West Airport Knock by introducing two new year round services to Edinburgh and Birmingham.
The announcement brings to nine the number of destinations served by the airport to the UK and Scotland â€“ the biggest selection of services from the West and North West of Ireland. Flybe currently operate a Manchester service from Ireland West Airport Knock.
The Edinburgh service which will operate six times weekly starts on 28 March 2016 and provides a significant boost to flight access to and from the West of Ireland as the new service provides the only connectivity to and from Scotland from the West and North West of Ireland.
The Birmingham service, which will also operate six times weekly, commences on 28 March 2016.
The restoration of the Birmingham service will come as welcome news to the thousands of people who previously used the service as Birmingham has long been one of the most established destinations from the airport and the return of the service after a 12 month absence is a further boost for the airport and region.
In addition Flybe have also announced that they will add a further 5,000 seats on their popular Manchester service from the airport which is having a record year in 2015.
Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock, welcoming Flybeâ€™s expansion from the airport said: â€œFlybe have been a customer of the airport for over five years now and continue to provide essential connectivity to key UK markets, and we thank them for showing confidence in our airport and region with todayâ€™s announcement.
â€œThese new routes will have a hugely positive impact on the region as a whole as we expect to welcome thousands of additional Scottish and English visitors to the West and North West next year as we seek to strengthen our position as the main international gateway for the Wild Atlantic Way.â€
The announcement will add an additional 75,000 seats at the airport next year, providing a major tourism boost for the West and North West.
For further airport information log onto www.irelandwestairport.com; for information on fares and to book flights log onto www.flybe.com.