Published on March 4th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Storm Emma Aviation Photos

It has been an unprecedented few days for aviation in Ireland with weather cancellations and diversions at a level not seen for many years. As we gradually start to return to normal, we have put together a compilation of photos and videos from airports around the country. If you have any to add, you can send them to

Irish Air Corps

The Irish Air Corps were on standby to provide aid to the civil powers throughout the poor weather. Snow clearing took place at Baldonnel to keep the ramp and hangar areas clear so helicopters could remain operational. Air Corps 112 based at Custume Barracks in Athlone also remained operational throughout the weather. The photos below show the extent of the snow that needed to be cleared.

AirCorps112 in the snow

#AirCorps112 took in the sights of a winter wonderland this morning while it returned to its base in #CustumeBarracks.

Posted by Air Corps 112 on Saturday, 3 March 2018

Coonagh Airfield

The runway at Coonagh just outside Limerick was buried under snow.

Cork Airport

Cork Airport received a significant amount of snowfall which lead to a suspension of operations for almost two full days. As Dublin and Shannon opened early on Saturday morning, further snowfall from Friday into Saturday morning prevented the airport from reopening until Saturday afternoon.


Current view of the ramp this evening.

Posted by Cork Airport on Thursday, 1 March 2018

Dublin Airport

While technically Dublin Airport did not close during the weather disruption, all airlines suspended operations. Gate and taxiway congestion lead to long taxi delays causing issues with holdover times for departing aircraft, particularly during the heaviest snow. Staff at the airport cleared over 400,000 tonnes of snow from 600 acres of airfield.



Stormy conditions on the airfield at Dublin Airport tonight. #StormEmma #BeastFromTheEast #Snow

Posted by Dublin Airport on Thursday, 1 March 2018

Ireland West Airport Knock

Limetree Airfield

Rescue 116


Approach to Iona after ILS 10
Posted by Rescue 116 on Friday, 2 March 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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