Amsterdam the success story in Ireland’s Q2 aviation statistics

  • Amsterdam the success story
  • Dublin heading for 31.4m passengers 
  • Dublin airport largest numbers and fastest growth

Padraig Dalton of CSO

Irish airports within the state (not counting the six counties) grew 5.8pc in January-June 2018 according to figures from  the Central Statistics Office (see here). The increase in the statistically more significant Q2 was 7.2pc.

The CSO say 72,000 flights were handled by Ireland’s five main airports in the second quarter of 2018. Dublin accounted for 83.3pc of all flights ins the state (59,915) while Cork handled 7.6pc of all flights (5,498).

The rates of increase for January to June were: Dublin 6.1pc, Cork 3.7pc, Shannon 5pc, Knock 2.9pc and Kerry 7.3pc. The seasonally adjusted rate of increase for Dublin is 9pc.

  • Dublin‘s busiest routes were: 1 Heathrow, 2 Gatwick, 3 Amsterdam Schiphol, 4 Manchester, 5 Birmingham, 6 Stansted, 7 faro, 8 Paris CDG, 9 Malaga and 10 Edinburgh.
  • Cork‘s busiest routes were: 1 Heathrow, 2 Stansted, 3 Malaga, 4 Faro, 5 Amsterdam Schiphol, 6 Lanzarote, 7 Gatwick, 8 Paris CDG, 9 Manchester, 10 Palma de Mallorca.
  • Shannon‘s busiest routes were: 1 Heathrow, 2 Stansted, 3 JFK, 4 Gatwick, 5 Boston, 6 Newark, 7 faro, 8 Philadelphia, 9 Manchester, 10 Malaga.
  • Knock‘s busiest routes were: 1 Stansted, 2  Luton, 3 Gatwick, 4 Liverpool, 5 East Midlands.
  • Kerry‘s busiest routes were: 1 Luton, 2 Stansted, 3 Frankfurt Hahn, 4 Dublin, 5 Alicante.
  • The countries with most arrivals/departures in Q2 were 1 England 2,975,950, 2 Spain 2,975,950, 3 USA 1,095,082, 4 Germany 679,920, 5 France  579,549, 6 Italy 579,549, 7 Portugal, 386,290, 8 Netherlands 381,607, 9 Scotland 349,493, 10 Poland 1,095,082.
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Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry said: The latest CSO stats on Irish aviation show solid growth for January to June and will probably hold, u through the big number summer period.

Dublin is growing at 6pc and heading for 31.4m passengers, which raises questions of the urgency of the north runway and the viability of whether they need as third terminal,( which DAA says they do not).

Cork is going to reach 2.4m passengers and Shannon and 1.8m. Both are behind what they were doing ten years ago, Shannon substantially so, so the regionality debate is going to continue in aviation.

 It is interesting to see Amsterdam emerging as the hub of choice on mainland Europe for Irish passengers, ahead of Paris and Frankfurt, and also Faro creeping ahead of Malaga as our choice of sun destination. They were 2,000 ahead for Q2 in 2017 and now 9,000 ahead, Faro having passed Paris CDG for the first time.

Post Brexit connectivity is a I’ve issue for Irish airports. Six of Diublin’s top ten routes are due to leave the EU in March, as are four each of Cork’s and Shannon’s and all top five routes from Knock. It will be a disaster iff the leave process is not he box-ticking exercise players such as Willie Walsh claim it will be.

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