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Increase in Irish air traffic last month

According to the IAA, there was an average of 1,590 daily flights during August 2012. But what was the busiest day?

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THERE WAS AN average of 1,590 daily flights in Irish airspace last month – and the busiest day last month was 4 August, with 1,729 flights recorded.

That’s according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), which said that total flights in Irish airspace in August have increased by 1.40 per cent when compared to August 2011.

Traffic

There was an increase of 2.90 per cent in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements – that is, flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land in Ireland – during August 2012, in comparison to August 2011.

Similarly, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/North America) saw an increase 1.36 per cent over the same period.

Commercial traffic

The commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports, in relation to international arrivals and departures, increased by +1.5 per cent in August 2012, when compared to August 2011.

The IAA said that this growth was largely driven by traffic increases in Dublin Airport. It described last month as a significant one fore Ireland, as it is the first time in 2012 that the authority has seen growth in each of the main traffic streams of en-route traffic movements, North Atlantic communications flights and international arrivals and departures during 2012.

State airports

The August 2012 figures for commercial terminal flights at the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

  • Dublin 2.7 per cent, with an average of 477 daily movements
  • Cork -1.7 per cent, with an average of 71 daily movements
  • Shannon -4.7 per cent, with an average of 56 daily movements.

On a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports for January to August 2012 was down by -1.4 per cent, compared to the same period in 2011.

In June, the IAA noted that total flights in Irish airspace had decreased compared to the previous year.

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