New Routes of the Day (1 September 2021): Ryanair between Knock and Edinburgh/Manchester
Ryanair has introduced two new routes to Knock in Ireland this week starting with a 2-weekly service from Edinburgh on Wednesday 1 September. The inaugural service on the 420-kilometre route (flight number FR 890 operated by a Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EFH) departed Edinburgh at 13:44 and touched down at Ireland West Airport 53 minutes later at 14:37 according to flightradar24.com. The return flight (FR 891) departed Knock at 16:45 (95 minutes later than scheduled) and arrived back in Scotland 47 minutes later at 17:32. The route was previously served by Flybe, with between three and six weekly flights using its Q400s, until its collapse in early 2010.
A second new Ryanair route is set to take to the skies on Friday 3 September when year-round 2-weekly service begins on the 440-kilometre route from Manchester. This route was previously served by British Airways (until August 2004), bmibaby (from April 2004 until October 2011) and then Flybe (from November 2011 until February 2020).
Serving Knock from 12 airports
Ryanair is currently offering flights to Knock from 12 airports; seven in the UK (Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London LTN, London STN and Manchester), three in Spain (Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca), plus Milan BGY (resuming on 3 September) and Faro in Portugal. Ryanair’s on-line booking tool appears to be offering flights from Cologne Bonn as well. However, there are no dates currently available for booking.
Knock has reported welcoming 25,378 passengers in August. That is almost 85% more than last August but still 73% fewer than in August 2019. Apart from Ryanair’s services, Aer Lingus is set to resume daily service from Knock to London LGW from the end of October.