Hike in passengers as almost 33 MILLION pass through Irish airports

Dublin Airport top flights Arrivals Departures Total
London – Heathrow 854,842 896,847 1,751,689
London – Gatwick 664,204 645,320 1,309,524
Manchester 487,979 493,649 981,628
Amsterdam – Schiphol 469,960 467,302 937,262
Birmingham 463,683 463,901 927,584
London – Stansted 463,575 451,464 915,039
Paris – Charles De Gaulle 345,174 345,731 690,905
New York – John F Kennedy 317,794 320,860 638,654
Edinburgh 300,455 296,887 597,342


The number of passengers passing through Irish airports rose by over 10pc last year compared with 2015, according to latest CSO figures.

In 2016, almost 33m passengers (32.8m) passed through Irish airports, and passenger numbers increased in all airports with the exception of Waterford. Dublin Airport accounted for 84.6pc of all air passengers in 2016.

Padraig Dalton, Director General of the CSO

Padraig Dalton, Director General of the CSO

Of the 3.1m additional passengers travelling through Irish airports in 2016, 2.8m (92pc) passed through Dublin. The report found that more than 247,000 flights were handled by Ireland’s five main airports in 2016. Dublin accounted for almost 83pc of all flights (204,563) while Cork handled 8pc of all flights (19,908).

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London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Manchester were the most popular routes for passengers in Dublin airport in 2016. For Cork, the top three routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and Amsterdam. In Shannon, the main routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and New York-John F Kennedy while London-Stansted, London-Luton and Liverpool-John Lennon were the most popular routes to and from Knock.

In 2016, almost nine out of every ten passengers (87.8pc) on international flights in the five main airports were travelling to or from Europe. The two most popular countries of origin/destination were Britain and Spain. Outside of Europe, the United States was the most popular country of origin/destination in 2016.

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Ireland’s main airports handled a total of 146,829 tonnes of freight in 2016, the vast majority (94pc) of which was international freight.


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