Aer Arann is underlining its confidence in Waterford Airport by exploring the provision of adding routes to its increasingly busy schedule at Killowen.

Aer Arann’s Commercial Director Fergal Barry said that while no additional services would be added this year, there was every chance that new routes could be provided in 2009.

Interestingly, since Aer Arann introduced its new Amsterdam route, some 40 per cent of passengers on the route are inbound to Waterford.

“We’re thrilled with the numbers,” said Airport CEO Graham Doyle. “The possibilities to develop tourism in the region, with the airport playing a key role, are huge and, looking at it from the other end of the route, there are over 200 onward destinations from Schipol (Amsterdam).”

The Waterford to Luton passenger numbers are up 11 per cent, Waterford to Manchester is up 32 per cent, the Birmingham route “is keeping pace with Manchester” while the Malaga and Faro routes are “exceeding expectations” said Mr Barry.