Last month was the busiest ever August in Irish airspace with traffic up at all three State airports, said Irish Aviation Authority said today.
The IAA handled a total of 110,020 flight movements, including airport activity, North Atlantic Communications flights and overflights.
Total movements were up 2% on the same month last year.
Commercial terminal traffic at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports was up 4.2% compared to August 2016.
Individually, flights at Dublin Airport grew by 4.4% with an average of 669 daily commercial movements. Cork Airport had an average of 69 daily commercial movements, an increase of 3.6%. Shannon traffic was up 2.8% with an average of 61 daily commercial movements.
The IAA said North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/US) saw a significant increase of 7.6% compared to August 2016. However, there was a 2.4% decrease in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements – flights which do not land in Ireland.
Said IAA Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan: “So far this year, we have safely managed over three quarters of a million flights through Irish airspace and at Dublin, Cork and Shannon. We’re up about 3% on 2016 and the forecast remains good for the rest of 2017, which is good sign for the economy.”
He continued “August was another good month. We operate a state-of-the-art and very reliable air traffic management system, which has the capacity to handle more traffic in the years ahead.”
15th September 2017