Busiest Ever Year for Irish Aviation as the IAA Handles a Record-Breaking 1.1 Million + Flights
Ireland’s Air Traffic Grew Over 2.5% in 2017
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) confirmed today that 1,135,845 total flights were safely handled in Ireland in 2017, a new record.
This marks a significant increase in Irish air traffic of + 2.5% over 2016 figures.
Peter Kearney, Chief Executive Designate of the IAA said; ““Ireland as an island nation is hugely dependent upon aviation. The IAA are proud to have delivered a safe service to well over 1 million flights in 2017.
Aviation has opened Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver of our economy.
The IAA have also commenced work on the building of a New Air Traffic Control Tower at Dublin Airport. The new tower will facilitate daa plans for a Northern parallel runway at Dublin and will be visible to all passengers travelling via Dublin from March 2018 onwards. The IAA continues to invest in a state-of-the-art air traffic management system and development of our staff, to facilitate an ongoing world class service to our airlines customers.”
Total flights handled includes; total commercial terminal movements (Dublin, Cork, Shannon), North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) managed and En Route flights (flights, which do not land in Ireland).
- 5.0% increase in North Atlantic Communications flights to 500,684 (flights between Europe/US)
- 0.8% increase in En Route flights to 343,977 (flights which do not land in Ireland)
- 3.3% increase in Commercial Terminal movements to 255,019 (total commercial flights at the three State Airports of Dublin, Cork and Shannon)