Published on February 18th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Almost 2 Million Passengers used Dublin Airport in January

Almost two million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport this January, a 6% increase compared to last year. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 9%, with more than 954,000 passengers travelling to European destinations.

UK traffic grew by 1%, as almost 747,000 passengers travelled on routes between Dublin and the UK during the month. Passenger volumes to and from North America grew by 12% with almost 185,000 passengers taking transatlantic flights to and from Dublin in January. Other international traffic, principally to the Middle East and Africa, increased by 13%, with more than 81,300 passengers travelling these routes in January.

Nine new routes will commence from Dublin Airport this year, four short-haul and five long haul destinations. Three new airlines will begin flying to Dublin. Iceland Air will fly six times per week to Reykjavik from May, Cathay Pacific will start a four times-weekly service direct to Hong Kong from June and Croatia Airlines will operate a twice weekly service to Zagreb.

Dublin Airport has flights to 191 destinations in 42 countries operated by 47 airlines.

Traffic Up at Cork and Shannon too

The IAA released its traffic figures from January and confirmed that commercial terminal traffic for Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports increased by 5.6% in January 2018. Peter Kearney, IAA Chief Executive Designate commented; “These are positive figures for the three State airports for the first month of 2018. The IAA continues to invest in a state-of-the-art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff, to deliver a world class service to our airlines customers.”

Individually, the January 2018 figures for the three State airports, when compared to January 2017 are as follows;

  • Dublin was up by +6% with an average of 518 daily commercial movements at Dublin.
  • Cork was up by +5.2% with an average of 44 commercial daily movements at Cork.
  • Shannon was up by +0.8% with an average of 42 commercial daily movements at Shannon.

Total flights safely handled in Ireland for January 2018 was recorded at 77,473 movements. Total flights handled includes; total terminal movements, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/US Flights) managed and overflights (flights, which do not land in Ireland).

  • There were 34,082 North Atlantic Communications flights during January 2018.
  • There were 22,542 overflights during January 2018.

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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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