Published on January 4th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


1.15 Million Flights Through Irish Airspace in 2018

Over 1.15 + Million Flights were handled by the IAA in Irish Airspace during 2018, almost the same figure as 2017. In addition, the IAA also announced that total flights handled for November 2018 amounted to 83,362 movements, making it the busiest-ever November in Ireland’s history an up +0.5% over November 2017.

The 83,362 movements consisted of;

  • Commercial terminal movements, Overflights and North Atlantic Communications flights.
  • Commercial terminal movements – All international arrival and departure flights from the three State airports, Cork, Shannon and Dublin.
  • Overflights – All flights handled in Irish-controlled airspace, flights which do not land in Ireland.
  • North Atlantic Communications flights – Flights handled in the Shanwick Oceanic region.

There were 24,526 overflight traffic movements and 36,775 North Atlantic Communications flights during November. Traffic at the three State airports when compared to the same month in 2017 were;

  • Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +5.3% with an average of 570 daily commercial movements.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Cork were up by +6.4%, with an average of 49 commercial daily movements.
  • Commercial terminal flights at Shannon were down by -3.8% with an average of 46 commercial daily movements.

Commenting on the announcement, IAA Chief Executive, Peter Kearney said; “These figures show how aviation continues to open Ireland up to the world. The management of air traffic growth is a key driver for our economy, and innovation and efficiency underpin everything we do at the IAA. The new IAA air traffic control tower currently under construction at Dublin airport is a prime example of this. Projects like this will further improve our service excellence to customers and passengers.”

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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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