Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Growth for Dublin as Cork and Shannon see declining traffic in April

Commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by +2.6% in April 2017, when compared to April 2016. Individually, the April 2017 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

  • Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +4.2% with an average of 592 daily commercial movements at Dublin.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Cork were down by –8.2%, with an average of 51 commercial daily movements at Cork. (although passenger numbers were up, see here)
  • Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were down by -2.8% with an average of 48 commercial daily movements at Shannon.

Total air traffic handled by the IAA increased by 5.5% (94,316 movement) in April 2017 compared to the same month in 2016. North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) saw an increase of +5.5% in April 2017 to 40,114, when compared to April 2016. Similarly, there was an increase of +5.4% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland) to 28,738 during April 2017.

An analysis of the April 2017 data, from EuroControl, also shows that six of Ireland’s Top ten “Airport Pairs” grew during the month. The most significant growth was for Schiphol/Amsterdam – Dublin (+43.7%), Newark – London/Heathrow (+13.2%) and Edinburgh – Dublin (+6.9%). The Dublin – Amsterdam route is served by three airlines, Aer Lingus, Ryanair and KLM. KLM announced on 11th May that they would add an additional fifth daily frequency from July 10th. KLM reintroduced its Dublin-Amsterdam route in November 2016 after an absence of 50 years. The initial twice-daily service was increased to four times-daily from March 26th.

Commenting on the news Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said “I am delighted to see KLM increasing frequency on two separate occasions on its Amsterdam route since it entered the Irish market last November. This further increase in frequency is testament to the popularity of this route for both business and leisure passengers and we wish KLM continued success with its Dublin-Amsterdam service.”

The route is already served four times daily by Ryanair and three to four times daily by Aer Lingus.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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