Record-breaking Summer 2018 for Irish skies

Soaring air traffic figures for the month of June.

Waterford Live Reporter

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The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has announced that the total flights handled in Irish airspace for June 2018 was recorded at 112,005 movements, an increase of +4.1% over June 2017.  

This includes total terminal movements (Dublin, Cork, Shannon), North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/US flights) and overflights managed.  These record-breaking figures mean that Ireland’s skies are set for their busiest-ever summer.

In relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports were up by +4.7% in June 2018, when compared to June 2017. The June figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year, were as follows:

  • Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +4.9% with an average of 703 daily commercial movements at Dublin.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Cork were up by +2.1%, with an average of 70 commercial daily movements at Cork.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were up by +6.2% with an average of 70 commercial daily movements at Shannon.

Commenting on the announcement, IAA chief executive Peter Kearney said: “These are positive and notable figures for the month of June. Aviation continues to open Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver for our economy. The IAA continues to invest in its state-of-the-art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff, to deliver a world-class service to our airline customers.”

The IAA also continues to handle all of these flights safely without (ATFM) delay, delivering a high-quality service that meets the needs of airline customers.

Additionally, there was an increase of +6.1% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland) during June 2018, in comparison to June 2017.  The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) saw an increase of +1% in June 2018, when compared to June 2017.

An analysis of the June 2018 data from EUROCONTROL also shows that six of Ireland’s Top 10 ‘Airport Pairs’ (from a billing perspective) showed growth (or neutral growth), when compared to June 2017. Significant growth was recorded for Schiphol/Amsterdam - Dublin (+16.8%), Dublin - Birmingham (+11.8%), London/Stansted - Dublin (+4.7%) and New York - London/Heathrow (+4.2%).