Ireland West Airport reported it’s first quarter of 2024 (January-March) to be the busiest on record as 159,000 passengers travelled through. The passenger numbers represented an 18% increase on 2023 passenger numbers and a 6% increase on the previous busiest first quarter, which occurred in 2019, when 143,000 passengers travelled through the airport.

Ireland West Airport Joe Gilmore, said “The first quarter of the year has proven to be a very encouraging one for the airport with record numbers choosing the airport for their short breaks and sun holidays. The increased numbers are testament to the expanded route network, increased convenience, and the stress-free nature of using the airport. In particular, the feedback on our new security screening system has been very positive and has further enhanced the passenger experience when using the airport, providing an even more seamless and quality travel experience this summer. We have a great selection of destinations available this summer and look forward to welcoming even more new customers, to experience for themselves the benefits of flying from the airport”

146,000 passengers, (20% increase on same period in 2023) travelled on services to and from the UK in the first quarter of the year. In addition, 12,000 passengers travelled on services to and from Malaga, Lanzarote and Tenerife, which was a new record for the airport. Aer Lingus and Ryanair recorded their busiest ever first quarter at the airport.

This summer flights will operate to 21 International destinations, served by Aer Lingus, Lauda Europe and Ryanair. Aer Lingus continue to operate daily Airbus A320ceo/neo service to London Heathrow, providing onward connectivity to 80+ destinations worldwide with their codeshare partners including American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, JetBlue and United Airlines. Ryanair will operate their biggest ever summer sun and European city break schedule with an increasing number of flights operated by larger 197 seat Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft.

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