Published on August 17th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Busiest July on record in Irish Skies

Following on from news that Dublin Airport had its busiest month on record in July, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) have confirmed that July 2017 was also a record breaking month for the number of flights handled by the organisation. A total of 112,200 flights were recorded over the course of the month, up 2.2% on the same period in 2016.

Commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by +3.3% in July 2017, when compared to July 2016. The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) saw an increase of +5.6% in July 2017, when compared to July 2016. There was also an increase of +0.8% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland) during July 2017, in comparison to July 2016.

Commenting on the announcement Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the IAA said “The industry is continuing to grow. We are seeing new routes out of all our airports in 2017 and through Irish airspace and we are continuing to work hard to safely facilitate this demand so we can help keep the expansion going. Our systems and people will cope with these increases. We operate a state-of-the-art and very reliable air traffic management system, which has the capacity to handle more traffic in the years ahead.”

Individually, the July 2017 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

  • Dublin up by +4.1% with an average of 677 daily commercial movements at Dublin.
  • Cork up by +2.6%, with an average of 69 commercial daily movements at Cork.
  • Shannon down by -4.1% with an average of 63 commercial daily movements at Shannon.

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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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