The Irish Aviation Authority‘s latest figures show that Dublin Airport handled almost 85pc of all air traffic movements in 2017. The news comes as the IAA said it has begun work on a new air traffic control tower at Dublin.
The authority said a record 1,135,845 flights – including those not landing in Ireland – were safely handled in our airspace in 2017 – up 2.5pc on 2016.
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 1m flights in 2017. Aviation has opened Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver of our economy.”Mr Kearney added: “The IAA has 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.”
Total flights handled include 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). Dublin had 215,829 out of the total of 255,019 aircraft movements last year – 84.6pc of all flights, with the remainder almost evenly divided between Shannon and Cork.
- 2017 snapshot:
- 5pc increase in North Atlantic Communications flights to 500,684 (flights between Europe/US)
- 0.8pc increase in En Route flights to 343,977 (flights which do not land in Ireland)
- 3.3pc increase in Commercial Terminal movements to 255,019 (total commercial flights at the three State Airports of Dublin, Cork and Shannon)