June was a record-breaking month in Irish skies, with a total of 107,569 aircraft movements, according to the Irish Aviation Authority which was a 1.4% increase on the same month last year.
Collectively, commercial terminal traffic for the three State airports, Dublin, Cork and Shannon, was up 2.5% compared to June 2016. North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/US) were up 5.7%.
Commercial terminal flights at Dublin Airport were up 3.8% compared to June 2016 with an impressive daily average of 671 movements, according to the IAA.
“Dublin Airport is set to handle nearly 30 million passengers in 2017 and is now the fifth best served airport in Europe to North America.”
“Air traffic movements at Cork and Shannon were down by 4.2% and 2.8% respectively, but both airports have recently seen the commencement of new transatlantic services by Norwegian Air International which will help to improve numbers in the months ahead.”
The IAA is supporting the forthcoming Foynes Air Show and the Bray Air Display, centrepieces of the Aviation Ireland weekend on July 22-23 with aircraft displays and aerial aerobatics.
IAA Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan said “Aviation is a hugely important economic driver for our country and this year under the IAA’s Aviation Ireland campaign we are supporting not just one but two spectacular air shows over the same weekend at Foynes and at Bray, making this year an extra special one for fans of aviation across Ireland. We see this as a great avenue to generate an interest in our industry.”
Some of the aircraft and acts on display at Bray and Foynes include the Springbok Classic Air, the DC-3, the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, the Spanish Air Force – F-18 Jet, the Norwegian MiG-15, Gerry Humphreys – Ireland’s beloved “flying farmer”, the Norwegian Vampire Jets, the Royal Jordanian Falcons, the Blades – a display team of former Red Arrow pilots, and the Swedish Air Historic Flight team.