Waterford Airport hits record 100,000 passengers mark
Pictured is Manchester-bound Leona Taylor with her partner Mark Wakefield and daughter Molly-Jo Wakefield (3) from Stockport, Manchester, who is this year’s 100,000th passenger to travel to the UK or the Continent through Waterford Airport, receiving complimentary Aer Arann tickets to fly to Amsterdam and a champagne toast from Graham Doyle, CEO, Waterford Airport.
Photography: Patrick Browne
This year has been a record-breaking one for Waterford Airport as it today checked-in its 100,000th passenger of 2008.
The regional airport, which serves the South East with scheduled flights to a wide range of destinations Amsterdam, London-Luton, Birmingham and Manchester as well as summer routes to a number of Continental destinations, has hit this year’s 100,000 passenger mark a full two months ahead of last year.
The celebration was marked by Airport CEO, Graham Doyle, when Leona Taylor from Stockport, Manchester travelling with her partner Mark Wakefield and Daughter Molly-Jo Wakefield (3) to Manchester on the 11.25am Aer Arann flight, brought the annual passenger total into six figures for the first time in 2008.
Leona, Mark and Molly-Jo were visiting Marks sister Amanda Carson to celebrate her 40th birthday; Amanda resides in Kilcohan, Waterford. Leona and Mark celebrated in Champagne style courtesy of Waterford Airport and were presented with complimentary tickets for flights from Waterford Airport to Amsterdam.
“Having hit 100,000 passengers in mid-November of 2007, to reach this benchmark so early in 2008 is further evidence of the growing popularity and convenience of Waterford Airport for passengers from all over the five counties of the southeast and even further afield,” said the CEO.
“The summer sun flights are always popular, but this year we’ve seen growth across all services. Our passengers can now fly direct from Waterford Airport to Amsterdam all year round, which means great access not only to Europe, but to the rest of the world through connections from this major hub,” said Graham Doyle. “Aer Arann is now operating this route on a five times weekly basis, increasing the possibilities for business and leisure passengers throughout the region.”
“We are now enjoying better support than ever from the people of Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow and further afield as word spreads that Waterford is the hassle-free way to get to the UK and the Continent,” added the CEO.
Chairman of Waterford Airport, Nicky Fewer, said that enormous potential still remains to be exploited at Waterford Airport.
“The positive growth we’ve seen in recent years resulted in a total of 116,295 passengers last year, growing to 100,000 so far this year with three months still to go. This is a great achievement for everyone at Waterford Airport, and I wish to thank our loyal customers who continue to support us and spread the word that Waterford is the stress-free gateway to the UK, Europe and beyond.” added Mr Fewer.