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Published on November 14th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer

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6% Drop in North Atlantic Communications Flights

Monthly figures released by the Irish Aviation Authority show a 6.2% drop North Atlantic Communications flights (Flights handled in the Shanwick Oceanic region) for the month of October. In October 2018, 44,250 movements were recorded compared to 41,522 in October this year. Year to date however the figures are up marginally by 0.4% to 432,876. Many factors are understood to be behind the monthly drop including the collapse of airlines such as WOW and Thomas Cook and the continued ground of the Boeing 737 MAX. Elsewhere, the news was generally positive with Dublin Airport showing an increase of  0.7% (up 3.3% for the year) and Cork Airport up 0.5% (up an impressive 10.9% for the year). Shannon continues to struggle with a monthly drop of 6.5% (down 2.1% for the year). Full details are in the tables below.

Year to Date

Dublin – Commercial Movements

Cork – Commercial Movements

Shannon – Commercial Movements

North Atlantic Communications

En Route

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also 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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