New Flybe flights are good news for tourism to the West of Ireland
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Flybe of two new flights to Ireland West Airport Knock – from Edinburgh and Birmingham. Both services will operate six times weekly and will commence in March 2016, helping to boost leisure and business travel from the all-important British market to the West of Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The introduction of these new Flybe flights from Edinburgh and Birmingham is more good news for Irish tourism in 2016 and will expand travel options for British holidaymakers wishing to visit Mayo and the West of Ireland. We look forward to working closely with Flybe and Ireland West Airport Knock to maximise the promotion of the new services. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Flybe, Ireland West Airport Knock and other tourism interests, to drive demand for the new flights and to help maintain our vital network of routes.
“Britain is the largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland and we have seen strong growth of +11% in British visitors to Ireland for January to September 2015. We are determined to keep the momentum going and ensure that growth continues. Our extensive autumn campaign is now in full swing and aims to take advantage of late booking trends, as there is still plenty of business to play for.”
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
- In 2014, we welcomed 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.1 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.