• Cyril McAree

CSO Report Shows Increase Of 5.4% In Number Of Passengers Handled By Main Irish Airports In Q3 2017


In the third quarter of 2017, more than 10.5 million passengers passed through the main Irish airports, an increase of 5.4% over the same period in 2016. Passenger numbers increased in quarter 3 of 2017 in Cork and Dublin airports while passenger numbers decreased in Shannon, Knock and Kerry, when compared with quarter 3 of 2016. Dublin Airport accounted for 84.5% of all air passengers carried in the third quarter of 2017.

In the nine month period from January to September of 2017, 26.6 million passengers travelled through the main Irish airports, an increase of 5.3% compared with the same period in 2016.

The results also show that:

  • There were 73,364 flights handled by Ireland's main airports in the third quarter of 2017. Dublin accounted for 82.5% of all flights (60,552), while Cork handled 8.3% of all flights (6,059).

  • London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for passengers for Dublin airport in the third quarter of 2017. For Cork airport, the top three routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and Faro. The top route for Shannon was London-Heathrow, the top route for Knock was London-Stansted and the top route for Kerry was London-Luton.

  • In the third quarter of 2017, 84.8% of passengers travelling on international flights in the main Irish airports were going to or from Europe. The two most popular countries of origin/destination were the United Kingdom and Spain. Outside of Europe, the United States of America was the most popular country of origin/destination in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Ireland's main airports handled a total of 39,582 tonnes of freight in the third quarter of 2017, the vast majority (93.6%) of which was international freight.

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