Published on November 9th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Passenger Numbers at Dublin Airport hit 2.6 Million in October

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport reached almost 2.6 million in October, which was a 4% increase on the same month last year. The increase in passenger numbers made it the busiest October in Dublin Airport’s 77-year history. So far this year, Dublin Airport has welcomed more than 25.3 million passengers, which is a 6% increase over the same period in 2016.

The number of passengers flying to and from continental Europe increased by 5%, as more than 1.3 million passengers travelled to and from continental European destinations in October. Almost 841,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations last month, a 2% decrease when compared to October last year.

Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 14%, with more than 333,000 passengers travelling on this route sector last month. The number of passengers travelling to other international destinations in the Middle East and North Africa increased by 16%, with over 69,000 passengers flying to these routes in October. Almost 8,000 passengers travelled on domestic routes last month, a 6% increase over the same month last year.

So far this year, the number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to other destinations has increased by 36%, with more than 1.3 million passengers connecting at the airport between January and October. More than 1.4 million extra passengers have travelled through the airport between January and October.

Cork & Shannon also see increases in October

The Irish Aviation Authority confirmed today that in relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by +3.6% in October 2017, when compared to October 2016. Individually, the October 2017 figures for the three State airports, when compared to October 2016 are as follows;

  • Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +3.3% with an average of 611 daily commercial movements at Dublin.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Cork were up by +4.3% with an average of 55 commercial daily movements at Cork.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were up by +5.8% with an average of 58 commercial daily movements at Shannon.

These figures are particularly positive for the three State airports, especially in light of the adverse weather effects and results caused by Storm Ophelia in October. Storm Ophelia was the worst storm to hit Cork airport in its 56-year history.

Total flights safely handled in Ireland for October 2017 was recorded at 98,943 movements, which is a slight decrease of -0.1% over October 2016.  The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights saw an increase of +2.9% in October 2017, when compared to October 2016. There was a decrease of -1.7% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements during October 2017, in comparison to October 2016.  There were 30,298 overflight traffic movements and 43,841 North Atlantic Communications flights during October 2017.

Stobart New Route to London Southend

Last week Dublin Airport celebrated the beginning of Stobart Air’s new route to London Southend. The three times daily, year-round route will operate under the Flybe brand. “We are delighted to see Stobart Air go from strength to strength expanding its route network from Dublin Airport providing greater choice and flexibility for passengers travelling to London,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. “Dublin-London is the busiest route in Europe with almost five million passengers travelling between the two cities every year,” he added.

Dublin’s Airport’s Edel Redmond; Ciaran Smith, Network Development Manager, Stobart Air; Stephen O’Reilly, Dublin Airport: Graeme Buchanan, MD, Stobart Air; Martin Saxton, CCO, Stobart Air; Jon Woolf and Michelle Reilly, Dublin Airport.

Ryanair launch three new Routes this Winter

Naples is the first of three new routes being launched by Ryanair this winter, the airline will also launch a new year-round double daily service to Munich and a daily service to Stuttgart in the coming weeks.

“We are delighted to see Ryanair expand its services further from Dublin Airport providing greater choice and flexibility for customers.  Naples is a beautiful city steeped in culture and I have no doubt it will be a popular choice for passengers over the winter months,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“We will work closely with Ryanair to help promote these new services and look forward to celebrating new summer services to Paphos in Cyrus and Marrakech in Morocco in 2018,” he added.

Commenting at the launch of its new Dublin Naples service, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Ryanair, Chiara Ravara said, “Winter is here and we’re pleased to celebrate the launch of our new Dublin route to Naples, with a twice weekly service. This is the 9th Ryanair route between Dublin and Italy and customers and visitors can choose from 69 Dublin routes in total this winter, including our exciting new routes to Naples and Munich.”

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About the Author

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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