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Strong Summer for Irish Air Traffic

09 Aug 2016

Figures released by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) today indicate that the amount of traffic safely handled by Irish air traffic control climbed 9% in July to 109,806 flights, compared to 100,699 during the same month in 2015. These figures mark the continued month on month growth trend in 2016 and places movements close to record levels for Irish aviation set in 2008. This brings total air traffic handled by the IAA in 2016 past the six hundred thousand mark to 637,849.

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the IAA, said, “We are delighted with these figures, as they demonstrate the continuing upward trend for traffic in 2016 over 2015. The Irish aviation sector is in good health, with Dublin and Cork airports continuing to demonstrate strong growth in commercial movements. I am very pleased that our Irish air traffic management services have been able to absorb this continued growth in air traffic, which demonstrates our flexible operating systems, productivity and highlights the talents of our skilled operators at the forefront of Irish aviation.

There was an increase of +10.3% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland) during July 2016, in comparison to July 2015, as well as a +7.6% increase in North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe / US flights). There were 33,497 overflight traffic movements and 47,687 North Atlantic Communications flights during July 2016.

Individually, the July 2016 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:
- Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +7.6% with an average of 650 daily movements at Dublin.
- Commercial terminal flights at Cork were up by +14.4%, with an average of 68 daily movements at Cork.
- Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were down by -1.3% with an average of 68 daily movements at Shannon.

For more information on flight statistics, please click here, or contact:

Alec Elliott

Communications Executive
Irish Aviation Authority
Tel: +353 1 603 1418
Mob: +353 86 8223010


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