Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair of a new flight from Cologne to Ireland West Airport Knock, due to launch in June 2019. The new service will operate twice weekly during the summer months, helping to boost tourism to the Wild Atlantic Way from the all-important German market.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for Irish tourism as we prepare for 2019, offering more choice for German holidaymakers who wish to visit Ireland and bringing them to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. We work very closely with Ryanair and Ireland West Airport Knock and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new flight from Cologne. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
“2018 looks set to be another record year for Irish tourism from Germany, with the latest CSO figures indicating almost 560,000 arrivals from Germany during the January to August period – an increase of +21% when compared to the same eight-month period in 2017.”
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 300,000 people across the island.
- In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.6 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.