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Saturday 18 November 2017

Irish air traffic up in January but long-term concerns linger over Brexit

Irish air traffic rose in January
Irish air traffic rose in January

Sean Duffy

Irish air traffic grew by 7.5pc in January compared to the same month in 2016, according to latest data released by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The number of flights passing through Irish airspace also grew in January, up 8.5pc on the previous year.

“We are delighted to see air traffic in 2017 getting off to a strong start, building on the very encouraging gains of last year,” said Eamonn Brennan, ceo of the Irish Aviation Authority.

“Up to 90pc of transatlantic air traffic passes through Irish-controlled airspace, so I am particularly pleased with the strong growth in our en route traffic,” Mr Brennan added.

However, Mr. Brennan added that this performance could be hampered in the years ahead as a result of Brexit.

“It looks like we are heading for a hard Brexit so it's really vital that aviation is at the forefront of the negotiations from an Irish perspective. That's very important as the rest of the EU might not share the same view as us,” he said.

On a regional basis, the figures show that commercial traffic in Dublin airport was up by 4.3pc, Cork rose by 4.2pc, while Shannon had the largest upick with a 5.6pc increase compared to January 2016.

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