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Busiest Ever Year for Irish Aviation as the IAA Handles a Record-Breaking 1.1 Million + Flights

18 Jan 2018

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)
Stats 2017