July was a record-breaking month in Irish airspace as the Irish Aviation Authority handled 112,200 flight movements – 2.2% higher than July 2016.
The total figure comprises airport terminal movements, North Atlantic Communications flights and overflights.
Total commercial terminal movements at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports were up 3.3%, despite an actual drop in traffic at Shannon.
Commenting on July’s Irish Airspace flight movements, IAA Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan said: “The industry is continuing to grow. We are seeing new routes out of all our airports in 2017 and through Irish airspace and we are continuing to work hard to safely facilitate this demand so we can help keep the expansion going.”
“Our systems and people will cope with these increases. 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.”
Commercial terminal flights at Dublin Airport increased by 4.1% with an average of 677 daily movements. Flights at Cork Airport were up 2.6%, with an average of 69 daily movements. Flights at Shannon Airport were down 4.1% with an average of 63 commercial daily movements.
The IAA noted that Dublin Airport is set to handle nearly 30 million passengers this year and is now the fifth best served airport in Europe to North America.
The Authority said North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US) saw an increase of 5.6% compared to July 2016. Overflight traffic movements were up by 0.8%.
15 August 2017