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Traffic Up at all State Airports - Busiest ever August on record for Irish Air Traffic

13 Sep 2017

Dublin, 13 September, 2017 – The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) confirmed today that August 2017 was a record-breaking month, as total flights handled for the month were recorded at 110,020 movements, making it the busiest ever August in Ireland, with air traffic up at all State Airports, Dublin, Cork and Shannon.

This marks an increase of +2% over August 2016. The 110,020 total movements includes; total terminal movements, North Atlantic Communications flights and overflights.

In relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by +4.2% in August 2017, when compared to August 2016. Individually, the August 2017 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are;

• Commercial terminal flights at Dublin up by +4.4% with an average of 669 daily commercial movements at Dublin.

• Commercial terminal flights at Cork up by +3.6%, with an average of 69 commercial daily movements at Cork.

• Commercial terminal flights at Shannon up by +2.8% with an average of 61 commercial daily movements at Shannon.

The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) saw a significant increase of +7.6% in August 2017, when compared to August 2016. There was a decrease of -2.4% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland) during August 2017, in comparison to August 2016.

Commenting on the announcement, Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the IAA said; “So far this year, we have safely managed over three quarters of a million flights through Irish airspace and at Dublin, Cork and Shannon. We’re up about 3% on 2016 and the forecast remains good for the rest of 2017, which is good sign for the economy. August was another good month. We operate a state-of-the-art and very reliable air traffic management system, which has the capacity to handle more traffic in the years ahead.”

About Irish Aviation Authority

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial semi-state company employing approximately 670 people at six main locations in Ireland. The Irish Aviation Authority promotes and regulates the safety of aviation in Ireland. The IAA is committed to developing and implementing effective strategies, regulatory frameworks and processes to ensure that aviation activities under our oversight achieve the highest practicable level of safety. The IAA is also responsible for the provision of Air Traffic Management (ATM) in Irish controlled airspace (covering some 451,000 square km) and State airports, aeronautical communications on the North Atlantic, and the security regulation of the civil aviation industry in Ireland.