New statistics show that more people in the South East are choosing to beat the long car journeys, hefty car parking fees and tiresome check in delays by flying out of Waterford Airport.  According to Waterford Airport CEO Graham Doyle, passenger numbers for the first six months of this year to the end of June were 43,000, 45% higher than in the same period of 2006.

“We have also seen a 30% increase in passengers using Aer Arann’s London route” he says “and an 83% increase in passengers choosing to fly from Waterford to Manchester.  Additionally, Birmingham and Lorient were introduced by Aer Arann in mid May and have been very successful so far to date with many people using the routes for business, family visits and general weekend breaks.”   

He added that the new Slattery Sun flights to Malaga, Faro and Bordeaux on Atlantic Airways came online at the beginning of July and are also continuing to drive further growth.

“It’s great to see people landing in Waterford Airport with suntans, returning from these popular sun destinations.  Naturally, the bad weather we have been experiencing in Ireland this Summer has played a part in a greater demand for foreign holidays.  No doubt recent airfare specials of return flights of just €199 which were offered by Slattery Travel to Faro and Malaga also made these holidays a very viable consideration for many holiday makers in the South East.

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July 2007