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Irish airport traffic up over 6% on 2018

15 Mar 2019

Figures released by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) today reveal commercial movements at the three Irish state airports climbed by 6.2% when compared to the same period in 2018. Individually, the February 2019 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 +7.5% with an average of 555 daily movements at Dublin.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Cork were up by +6.5%, with an average of 49 daily movements at Cork.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were down by -9.4% with an average of 39 daily movements at Shannon.

Significantly, the amount of traffic safely handled by air traffic control in the year to date climbed by 5% when compared to the same period in 2018. In February 2019 75,391 flights were handled by the IAA, an increase of 3.2% over February 2018.

Further strong results were recorded across a number of areas:

  • There was an 4.5% increase in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland), in comparison to February 2018. There were 22,815 overflight traffic movements in February 2019.
  • February also saw a 3.2% increase in North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights), in comparison to the same month in 2018. There were 32,496 North Atlantic Communications flights handled in February 2019.

Peter Kearney, Chief Executive of the IAA said, “These figures from the three state airports demonstrate the robust nature of the airline industry in Ireland. This growth is great news for both the economy and those employed in the sector, which continues to expand at record rates. Despite this positive news, we do remain cautious regarding our forecasts as Brexit continues to cast a shadow over future potential growth.”


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