Shannon suffers 17pc drop in commercial traffic
Shannon Airport continued its disastrous run last month with the amount of commercial traffic passing through the west of Ireland gateway slumping 17pc year-on-year.
The country's two other main airports, Dublin and Cork, also suffered falls, according to figures from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).
The IAA said that the number of commercial flights at Dublin slipped 0.5pc during January, while Cork recorded a worrying 12pc decline.
The slippage at Dublin comes as overall passenger traffic at the airport fell to 2005 levels last year, with 18.4 million passengers using the facility.
"These figures are disappointing given the 9.4pc increase which was registered just last month," said IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan.
"However, there is reason to be optimistic and the overall trend for 2011 is expected to show positive growth."
He added that six of the top 10 routes that fly over Irish airspace, including flights between New York and London Heath-row, showed positive growth in February when compared to the same period last year.
However, the figures also revealed that the average number of monthly flights between Dublin and Heathrow fell 13.5pc year-on-year in February.
The IAA said that despite a strong performance in January, air traffic over the North Atlantic fell 1.4pc year-on-year in February.
The average daily number of flights over the North Atlantic was 1,269. These flights did not touch down in Ireland but flew through Irish airspace between Europe and North America, generating income for the IAA.