Shannon Airport passenger numbers rise for third successive year
European growth strongest
Shannon Airport has announced passenger growth of 5pc for 2015, the third year in succession that figures are up.
2015 passenger numbers rose to 1,714,872, according to the airport – the first year since 2010 that it has exceeded 1.7 million.
Passenger numbers are up 22pc since the airport became independent in 2013, with the biggest growth recorded on its European services.
These have more than doubled (108pc) since 2013, it said.
Passengers from the US, which Shannon says is the biggest-spending inbound tourism market, have grown by 12pc since its separation from daa.
Rose Hynes, Shannon Group Chairperson, described the results as "a solid performance" with "plenty of room for further growth in the years ahead".
"We are determined to continue to expand our market share even in the current very competitive environment,” she added.
2015 was a record year for Irish tourism, with just over eight million visitors in the period from January to November, according to the CSO.
It saw Dublin Airport achieve record passenger numbers, clocking over 23.5 million passengers in the first 11 months of the year.
Meanwhile, Cork Airport is forecasting growth of 8pc in 2016 - a figure which would deliver 2.2 million passengers (up from 2.14m in 2014).