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Massive Increase in Ireland’s Air Traffic - Total flights handled in Irish Airspace for July 2018 amounted to a record-breaking 115, 384 movements

14 Aug 2018

Dublin, 14 August, 2018 – The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced today that total flights handled in Irish airspace for July 2018 was recorded at 115,834 movements, making it the busiest-ever July in Ireland and also marking an increase of +3.2% over July 2017 statistics.  

The 115,834 movements includes; total terminal movements (Dublin airport, Cork airport, Shannon airport) North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/US flights) and overflights (flights, which do not land in Ireland) managed.  

Commenting on the announcement, IAA Chief Executive, Peter Kearney said; “These are positive and notable figures for the month of July. Aviation continues to open Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver for our economy. The IAA continues to invest in its state-of-the-art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff, to deliver a world-class service to our airline customers.”

Commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports (international arrivals and departures) were up by +4.3% in July 2018, when compared to July 2017. The July figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year, were as follows;

✈  Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were up by +8.0% with an average of 68 daily commercial movements at Shannon.

✈  Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +4.3%, with an average of 706 commercial daily movements at Dublin.

✈  Commercial terminal flights at Cork were up by +0.5% with an average of 70 commercial daily movements at Cork.

There was an increase of +4.4% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland) during July 2018, in comparison to July 2017. The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) saw an increase of +1.6% in July 2018, when compared to July 2017.

The IAA also continues to handle all of these flights safely without (ATFM) delay, delivering a high-quality service that meets the needs of our airline customers.

An analysis of the July 2018 data, from EUROCONTROL, also shows that six of Ireland’s Top ten “Airport Pairs” (from a billing perspective) showed growth (or neutral growth), when compared to July 2017. Significant growth was recorded for Schiphol/Amsterdam – Dublin (+13%), Dublin – Birmingham (+9.8%), London City  – Dublin (+9.2%) and New York – London/Heathrow (+3.4%).


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