Roscommon woman becomes Ryanair’s 10 millionth passenger at Ireland West Airport

Tadgh McKenna and Grainne Rush from Boyle in Co. Roscommon who were travelling to Lanzarote from Ireland West Airport with Ryanair are pictured with Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport and Collette Concannon, Station manager, Ryanair at Ireland West Airport

Grainne Rushe from Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who was travelling to Lanzarote with her partner Tadhg McKenna, was the lucky 10 millionth Ryanair passenger on flights to/from Ireland West Airport yesterday.

To mark the occasion, Grainne was presented with a pair of return flights with Ryanair to any of their 16 destinations from Ireland West Airport and a bottle of Champagne and chocolates.

It’s been 37 years since Ryanair’s first flight from then Knock Airport departed to London Luton on December 16th 1986 and at the time the west of Ireland gained its first direct link with London when the Ryanair 748 aircraft ‘The Spirit of Monsignor Horan’ landed in Knock Airport, heralding the start of scheduled services between the airport and London.

The first passengers to disembark that first flight in 1986 included six-year-old Davinia Paul, who was heading to Boyle in County Roscommon for Christmas. 37 years later the 10 millionth passenger to travel on a Ryanair service from the airport also happens to come from Boyle in Co. Roscommon!

Celebrating todays milestone, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said “We are delighted to mark yet another significant milestone in the airport’s history welcoming Ryanair’s 10 millionth passenger to the airport. It’s been a fantastic 37 years with so many great highlights and milestones achieved along the way. During this time Ryanair has continued to grow and provide critically important international access to and from the UK market and connected the West of Ireland to sun destinations in Spain and Portugal and also delivered access to European cities such as Milan, Barcelona and Cologne which have been hugely important in growing tourism numbers to the West and Northwest of Ireland.”