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Sunday 25 February 2018

Record July for Irish air traffic

Dublin Airport. Stock image
Dublin Airport. Stock image
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

July was a record-breaking month for Irish air traffic, with 112,000 movements across airspace here, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The figure tallies with commentary from Dublin Airport - the country's largest gateway - which has reported an extremely busy summer.

In June, it handled 2.9 million passengers, which was its busiest June ever. Numbers in July - as of yet unpublished - are also certain to have been strong. The IAA said the 112,000 aircraft movements it recorded in July in Irish airspace included flights to and from Irish airports as well as transatlantic overflights.

Combined international commercial traffic at Dublin, Cork and Shannon was 3.3pc higher in July compared to July 2016.

Flights between the rest of Europe and the United States which pass through Irish airspace increased 5.6pc in July.

"The industry is continuing to grow," said IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan.

"We are seeing new routes out of all our airports in 2017 and through Irish airspace and we are continuing to work hard to safely facilitate this demand so we can help keep the expansion going."

At Dublin Airport, commercial traffic in July was 4.1pc higher, with an average of 677 daily movements. At Cork, the figure was 2.6pc higher, with an average of 69 daily commercial movements.

At Shannon Airport, commercial flights fell 4.1pc in July, to an average of 63 a day.4

Airports Council International this week said Dublin Airport was the 15th busiest in Europe in the first half of the year, with 13.8 million passengers.

Irish Independent

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