Ryanair expands Knock services after scrapping of Irish air tax

Ryanair expands Knock services after scrapping of Irish air tax

More flights from Luton and Stansted to Knock are being introduced as part of expansion plans by Ryanair from the Irish airport.

New routes to Knock from Prestwick, Eindhoven and Kaunas will also be introduced from April 2014.

The increased frequencies to the two London airports – from 16 to 18 flights a week – and the three new routes are estimated to provide an additional 80,000 passengers a year through the west of Ireland airport. Traffic will grow from 670,000 to more than 750,000 passengers, the low fares carrier expects.

The expansion is part of the 1 million extra passengers a year Ryanair had pledged to deliver through airports in Ireland in response to the Irish government’s decision to scrap the €3 travel tax from April.

Ryanair is finalising discussions with Cork, Dublin and Kerry airports to finalise growth plans for next summer following negotiations with Knock and Shannon.

Deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said: “The scrapping of the travel tax will help restore Ireland’s competitiveness and attractiveness to overseas visitors from the UK and Continental Europe in particular.

“Having met with all five of the main Irish airports, and announced new growth for 2014 at Shannon and Knock, we hope to announce further new route and traffic growth plans over the coming weeks.”

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