By Trevor Quinn
Almost 74,000 passengers used Ireland West Airport last month with big demand for European city breaks.
There has been a significant rebound from the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic with the number of September jet setters the equivalent of 97% of the same four-week period in 2019.
The airport’s head of marketing Donal Healy is delighted the strong demand has continued after what was a very encouraging summer.
“It’s very positive and we wouldn’t have expected to be there earlier in the year. In September, we had 73,812 passengers, which was 3% behind September 2019 and that was the busiest September we ever had in the airport.
“Last month was very strong from a European [perspective] and the likes of Barcelona, Cologne and Milan performed very strongly compared to even September 2019.”
Mr Healy said there were also a lot of people travelling on sun routes to Malaga, Faro and Alicante, which all performed very strongly compared to 2019.
“That’s been very positive and even with the schools gone back, we’ve still seen a very strong uptake of our sun routes.
“There were lots of families travelling in September to get a better deal and there were also lots of couples travelling and that was encouraging because sometimes there can be a drop off once the kids go back to school.
Meanwhile, Ireland West Airport has achieved Level 1 Accreditation, ‘Mapping’, in recognition of the airport’s actions to address its CO2 emissions, as part of the global industry’s response to the challenge of climate change.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is the global standard for carbon management and emission reductions at airports. This certification programme, specifically designed for airports, has received widespread support and endorsements from both the EU and the UN agencies responsible for civil aviation and climate change. At present, there are over 414 airports in over 70 countries globally which are Airport Carbon Accredited at various levels of the programme.