January 2017 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in 2016:
- Dublin up 4.3pc, with an average of 489 commercial daily movements.
- Cork down 4.2pc, with an average of 42 commercial daily movements.
- Shannon up 5.6pc with an average of 42 commercial daily movements.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) revealed that air traffic grew by 7.5pc (or 81,373 movements) in January 2017 compared to the same month last year.
Within that figure, there was an increase of 5.3pc in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements. North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) recorded an increase of 8.5pc in January. There were 24,682 overflight traffic movements and 35,661 North Atlantic Communications flights during the month.
Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority, said: “We are delighted to see air traffic in 2017 getting off to a strong start, building on the very encouraging gains of last year. Up to 90pc of transatlantic air traffic passes through Irish-controlled airspace, so I am particularly pleased with the strong growth in our en route traffic. On the domestic front, terminal air traffic at Dublin and Shannon continues to increase strongly with growth of 4.3pc and 5.6pc recorded respectively in January.”
However, as first revealed in Travel Extra last week, M. Brennan added that this performance could be hampered in the years ahead as a result of Brexit and negotiations on airline movements once Britain leaves the European Union.
In terms of domestic air traffic, the combined figure for commercial flights at Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by 3.8pc in January 2017.
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