Waterford Airport Supports Kilkenny Arts Festival in Driving Visitors to the South East

August 2011

For the second year running Waterford Airport have come on board to support Kilkenny Arts Festival in driving visitors to the South East, the festival commences today (Friday, August 5) and it is expected that over 25,000 visitors will attend the festival between today and August 14.

The internationally acclaimed celebration of culture will showcase over 140 exciting events, across the festival 10 days. This partnership sees the festival announce Waterford Airport as its official Airport partner.

Aer Arann operates fourteen flights per week to and from London Southend, eight times return flights to/from London Luton, four times return flights to/from Manchester, four times return flights to Birmingham, return flights to Galway every day of the week and a weekly return flights to Lorient, France over the summer direct from Waterford Airport.

Graham Doyle, CEO, Waterford Airport, commented that the partnership with Kilkenny Arts fits well with the facility’s role as a key piece of regional transport infrastructure in the Southeast, furthering the opportunity for the Kilkenny Arts Festival to draw from an international audience. “We are delighted to again be able to support the Kilkenny Arts festival for 2011 – it is a hugely important tourism asset for the entire South East region and with the new M9 offering twenty minute access for our passengers to Kilkenny it is natural fit for Waterford Airport.”

Damian Downes, CEO, Kilkenny Arts Festival is delighted with this important ongoing and developing partnership. “Strong partnerships with local businesses are extremely important for the success and growth of Kilkenny Arts Festival, celebrating its 38th edition this year. We are delighted that Waterford Airport is our official Airport partner. A short drive from Kilkenny city, this is a very important tourism resource for the South East region.”

For full line up, performance clips and online ticket purchasing visit www.kilkennyarts.ie.

Pictured at Kilkenny Castle  is Graham Doyle CEO, Waterford Airport and Damian Downes, CEO, Kilkenny Arts Festival