Tuesday 23 January 2018

Irish Aviation Authority says second runway at Dublin Airport is "crucial"

Passenger numbers are once again on the rise at Dublin Airport
Passenger numbers are once again on the rise at Dublin Airport

Paul O'Donoghue

The Irish Aviation Authority has said that the development of a second runway at Dublin airport is vital for the facility to continue growing.

The State-owned company, which is responsible for the regulation of safety aspects of air travel, made the statement as it announced new traffic figures. The statistics showed that air traffic at Dublin Airport increased by 11pc in August, continuing a strong upward trend.

On average there were 585 commercial movements every day at the State’s biggest airport.

There was also a return to growth at Cork airport, which grew air traffic by a modest 1.3pc. On average there were 64 commercial flights at Cork daily.

However, air traffic fell at Shannon airport, declining by 21.1pc to 56 commercial daily movements.

When combined, total flights in Irish airspace increased by 7.4pc when compared to August of last year. There was an average of 1,776 daily flights during August, with the busiest day being 20th August with 1,875 flights in Irish airspace.

Irish Aviation Authority chief executive Eamonn Brennan said: "These latest figures show that Dublin continues to record very strong growth and has now returned to pre-downturn levels.

"Looking to the future, the IAA believes that the development of a parallel runway at Dublin is crucial to ensuring its continued growth and development as a secondary international hub. We are also very happy with Cork’s modest growth performance in August".

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