Ireland West Airport today welcomed Aer Lingus’s 50,000th passenger on their new Heathrow service to/from Ireland West Airport.
James Doyle, from London, was the lucky 50,000th customer and to mark the occasion was presented with a bottle of Champagne and chocolates.
James and his family were returning home after visiting family in Clonbur in Co. Galway.
Aer Lingus launched their new daily service to London Heathrow in March. This new service is another milestone in the airport’s history as it’s the first time the airport is connected to one of Europe’s major international airport hubs.
As well as providing a daily service to Heathrow, this new service provides seamless connections via London Heathrow Airport to North America and over 80 global destinations.
In a nostalgic twist, on this day 38 years ago, October 25th, 1985, the first commercial flights arrived and departed from Knock Airport.
The first flights were operated by Aer Lingus as three Aircraft landed and departed for Rome to joyous scenes as thousands had come to witness this historic occasion. Monsignor Horan's vision became a reality that day.