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Pope Francis’ visit gives Knock Airport boost in record year

Pope Francis’ visit to the west of Ireland last summer helped push Knock Airport to record passenger numbers, with over 771,000 travellers passing through the airport.

As well as being the third consecutive year of growth for Ireland West Airport Knock, 2018 was the busiest year on record, with almost 100,000 more passengers using the facility since 2015.

Last year’s statistics reveal that 771,619 people went through the airport in 2018, which was an increase of three per cent on figures for 2017.

Pope Francis’ visit boosted flights in and out of the airport at the same time and marked another milestone in the airport’s history as it embarked on a €15m transformation programme, including an enhanced arrivals area, new directional signage and the opening of a new state-of-the-art Visitor Discovery Centre.

Picture: Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport on 26th August 2018, as he arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. (Yui Mok/PA).