banner-desktop banner-mobile

The Latest News From the IAA

IAA are Helping to Ensure Santa & Your Loved Ones Arrive Safely This Christmas

22 Dec 2017

Dublin, 22 December, 2017 With thousands of people flying to Ireland to be with their loved ones this week, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) air traffic control teams in Dublin, Shannon and Cork have been making sure that the flights arriving and taking off from these airports do so safely. The air traffic controllers also guide the 1,200 aircraft traveling from USA across the Atlantic to destinations in Europe and Asia.

The IAA have produced a special video to mark the Christmas period which is available to view here -

It has been a very busy year for our airports in 2017. For example, the IAA air traffic control team cleared 220,000 aircraft to take off or land at Dublin Airport alone. That’s an aircraft taking off or landing every 90 seconds.

On Christmas Eve night a special air traffic control team keep in regular contact with the pilots flying in Irish airspace that night.

They make sure Rudolf and the other reindeer can travel safely across the sky, as quickly as possible, so that Santa can get to every house on time.

The airports will be very quiet on Christmas Day. However, it's business as normal on St Stephen's Day, once Santa is back safely in the North Pole.

The IAA team wish all the children a very happy Christmas.

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.

For further information, please contact:

Manus Weed | +353 (0) 87 690 33 86|

IAA Website -

IAA Twitter - @iaapress