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FLIGHTS into Ireland's three main airports were down during the first quarter of the year.

The Irish Aviation Authority said that commercial flights at Shannon, Dublin and Cork declined by 3.8pc in the first three months of the year, compared to the same time last year.

And total air traffic for the first three months was down 1.8pc. The number of international arrivals and departures of commercial flights at the airports dropped by 4.1pc in the month compared to March last year.

The biggest drop was at Cork airport which was down 8pc with 50 commercial flights a day. Commercial flights at Shannon were down 3.9pc while those at Dublin were down 3.6pc.