Airport passenger figures soar to 33 million
The number of passengers going through Irish airports in 2016 was up 10.3pc on 2016 to 32.8m, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show.
Passenger numbers increased in all airports with the exception of Waterford which has had no scheduled passenger services since June last year. Dublin airport accounted for 84.6pc of all air passengers in 2016.
Of the 3.1m additional passengers travelling through Irish airports in 2016, 2.8m, or 92pc, passed through Dublin airport.
More than 247,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports during the year, with Dublin accounting for almost 83pc of all flights, while Cork handled 8pc of flights.
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.
Almost 90pc of passengers in 2016 on international flights in the five main airports were travelling to or from Europe, with the UK and Spain being the two most popular countries of origin/destination.
Outside of Europe, the US was the most popular country of origin/destination.
Ireland's main airports handled a total of 146,829 tonnes of freight in 2016, the vast majority (94pc) of which was international freight.