Monday 26 September 2016

Air traffic rises again in strong year - IAA

Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30

IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan
IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan

New figures from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) are pointing towards a very strong year for air traffic in Irish airspace.

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The amount of traffic safely handled by air traffic control climbed by 7.4pc last month to 107,895 flights when compared with the same period last year.

The August number brings the total number of flights for the year to 745,744, up 9.1pc on the same eight month spell last year.

The IAA reported traffic growth in all areas last month, which exceeded previous peak levels recorded in 2008.

IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan said the strong growth was an indicator of the country's economic recovery.

"We continue to see strong growth on transatlantic routes handled safely by our air traffic controllers. All the State airports performed very well, with Cork and Shannon reporting great results.

"Dublin, which accounts for 84pc of the total State airport traffic grew 9.6pc in August and has grown by nearly 10pc in total so far this year, with over 140,000 movements," he said.

The number of flights that didn't land in Ireland but went through its airspace increased by 6.8pc last month up to 33,940.

The IAA also said there was a 4.9pc increase in North Atlantic Communications flights, up to 46,050.

Irish Independent

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