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Air Traffic Up At State Airports

09 Nov 2017

Dublin, 9 November, 2017 – The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) confirmed today that in relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by +3.6% in October 2017, when compared to October 2016.

Individually, the October 2017 figures for the three State airports, when compared to October 2016 are as follows;

  • Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +3.3% with an average of 611 daily commercial movements at Dublin.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Cork were up by +4.3% with an average of 55 commercial daily movements at Cork.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were up by +5.8% with an average of 58 commercial daily movements at Shannon.

These figures are particularly positive for the three State airports, especially in light of the adverse weather effects and results caused by Storm Ophelia in October. Storm Ophelia was the worst storm to hit Cork airport in its 56-year history.

Total flights safely handled in Ireland for October 2017 was recorded at 98,943 movements, which is a slight decrease of -0.1% over October 2016.  Total flights handled includes; total terminal movements, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) managed and overflights (flights, which do not land in Ireland).

The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights saw an increase of +2.9% in October 2017, when compared to October 2016. There was a decrease of -1.7% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements during October 2017, in comparison to October 2016.  There were 30,298 overflight traffic movements and 43,841 North Atlantic Communications flights during October 2017.


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