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Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Up and away: Fourth month of air traffic growth at Dublin Airport

Air traffic saw a growth of 3.9 per cent in June – but how many flights were there per day on average?

JUNE WAS THE fourth month in a row that Dublin Airport saw an increase in air traffic this year.

The Dublin Airport Authority said today that air traffic at Dublin Airport continues to grow, with commercial terminal flights up 3.9 per cent in June.

This is the fourth consecutive month in which growth at Dublin has been recorded. Meanwhile, air traffic was also up at Shannon, with commercial terminal flights up 1 per cent in June.


The findings also show that international arrivals and departures at Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports increased by 2.5 per cent in June 2013, when compared to June 2012.

On a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports for January to June 2013 was up by 1.0 per cent, compared to last year.

However, Cork recorded negative growth of 6.1 per cent.

Busiest day

There was an average of 1,634 daily flights during June 2013, and the busiest day was 12 June. That day saw 1,843 flights in Irish airspace.Total flights in Irish airspace increased by 0.1 per cent, when compared to the same time last year.

There was a decrease of 1.7 per cent in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements (these are flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during June 2013, in comparison to June 2012.

However, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/North America) saw an increase of 3.9 per cent in June 2013, when compared to June 2012.

The decline in en-route traffic movements and North Atlantic Communications flights for January to June 2013, compared to the same period last year, was 2.30 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively.

A EUROCONTROL analysis for June 2013 shows that five of Ireland’s Top Ten ‘Airport Pairs’ showed growth – or neutral growth – when compared to June 2012.

The most significant growth was for Dublin – Birmingham (+38.4 per cent), London/Gatwick – Dublin (+17.9 per cent) and London/Heathrow – Dublin (+12.4 per cent).

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