After a difficult year for Ireland West Airport, there’s good news today with Ryanair announcing new year-round services to Manchester and Edinburgh.
The flights, which will initially operate twice weekly, will commence in September and will restore connectivity between the West of Ireland and the two cities following Flybe’s exits from the market last March.
Ryanair will now offer passengers from Ireland West Airport a choice of 13 destinations across the UK and Europe.
The airport’s managing director Joe Gilmore said the news is a step towards the airport returning to growth.
“The airport was extremely disappointed to lose these two services last year following the ceasing trading of our longstanding partner Flybe and it has been our priority during the last 12 months to secure a replacement carrier for these services, given the importance and popularity of these markets. We thank Ryanair for their continued unwavering support for the airport in expanding their route network during what continues to be the most challenging period in the airport’s history, and indeed for aviation globally, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, this announcement reflects both the airport and our airline partners commitment to rebuilding and continuing to expand our route network and we are confident that with the support of our loyal customer base, Local Authority partners, stakeholders and Government, the airport will return to growth in the not too distant future when international travel recovers from the effects of COVID-19.”
Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness reminded passengers they can book flights for a well-desrved break knowing that if they need to postpone or change their travel dates, they can do so up to two times with a zero-change fee until the end of October 2021. “To celebrate these new UK routes, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just €19.99 for travel until the end of March 2022, which must be booked by midnight Sunday, 28 March 2021. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”
Starting on September 1 flights from Ireland West Airport to Edinburgh will depart on Wednesdays and Sundays and starting September 3 flights to Manchester will depart on Mondays and Fridays.