Airport News

XL confirms Knock service

Thu, 22 Nov, 2007

Low-cost airline XL has announced it is to commence flying from London Gatwick Airport to Knock in the west of Ireland next month.

The service will operate six days a week, giving holidaymakers and business travellers from London easy access to the Mayo and Galway areas.

Explaining the decision to launch the service, XL's managing director Martin Lock said: "We brought back this Gatwick-Knock route as a response to huge customer demand following other operators pulling out last year."

Much of the demand for flights to Knock comes from people who wish to visit the Roman Catholic Marian shrine in the nearby village of the same name.

The number of low-cost flights from the UK to Knock has increased in recent times after Ryanair launched a service from Bristol Airport.

It will grow still further in February next year when bmibaby commences flying on a new route from Glasgow Airport.

Joe Evans

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