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Published on December 22nd, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer

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Passenger Numbers at Irish Airports up 4.2% in Q3

Central Statistics Office (CSO) Aviation Statistics for 2019 Q3 show overall passenger numbers handled by Irish airports up 4.2% on 2018 Q3.  Highest growth rate was Cork at 7.7%, followed by Dublin at 4.5%, Knock 3.3% and Kerry 1.8% with Shannon down 4.4%.

The total number of trips (Irish residents’ trips overseas plus trips to Ireland) in November 2019 decreased by 0.7% to 1,300,900 when compared to twelve months earlier. There were 688,600 trips to Ireland by overseas residents in November 19, a decrease of 7.1%. Trips by British residents decreased by 7.4% to 277,600, trips by other European residents decreased by 6.8% to 240,000, trips by residents of USA and Canada decreased by 9.5% to 131,100.  Trips to Ireland from other areas increased by 3.6% to 40,000. Irish residents made 612,300 overseas trips in November 19, an increase of 7.6%.

IAA Traffic Statistics for November

Irish Aviation Authority traffic statistics published for November paint an interesting picture. All state airports showed a decrease in traffic movements when compared to November 2018. Shannon was the worst affected with a 9.5% drop in traffic, followed by Dublin down 4.1% and Cork down 3.3%. North Atlantic Communications flights were down 6.2% as well as enroute flights which were down 2.7%. On the year as a whole, things looked a bit better with Cork and Dublin showing growth at 13.7% and 2.7% respectively. Shannon has seen a drop of 2.9% in traffic in the year to November. North Atlantic Communications flights say a modest growth of 0.9% with enroute flights up 1.2%.

Year to date figures look more promising than the November figures

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About the Author

Mark Dwyer

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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