Record-breaking Summer 2018 for Irish skies

Soaring air traffic figures for the month of June.

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%).

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