Ireland West Airport is looking forward to a bright future
It’s the regional airport that just keeps on growing and it fuels the development of the economy along the Atlantic Economic Corridor.
Ireland West Airport now provides connectivity to over 20 destinations across the UK and Europe, offering the biggest selection of services to the UK from the West and North West of Ireland.
Joe Gilmore, Chief Executive, explains: “Our location as the most westerly airport in the country and our accessibility to the Atlantic corridor and Wild Atlantic Way is highlighted by the fact that over 250,000 overseas visitors came through the airport in 2017 to access the region, generating an economic contribution of over €140million annually for the region.”
Indeed, 2017 was a record breaking year for the airport as it reached a passenger milestone of 750,000 for the first time reinforcing the airports position as the fourth largest airport in Ireland.
Its further strengthened by the support of seven local authorities in the West and North West which recently invested €7.3 million in return for a 17.5 percent shareholding in the airport with the objectives of collaboration and expanding the route network, increasing passenger numbers, tourism bed nights and visitors to the region over the next decade.
“We wish to acknowledge Government’s recognition of the airport as one of the four main airports’ in the country and its position as a critical driver of economic and tourism development for the West and North West of Ireland. We also are pleased that the National Planning Framework highlights the Atlantic Economic Corridor initiative and recognises the significant role of Ireland West Airport in tourism and enterprise development,” adds Joe.