• Cyril McAree

Increase Of 6.1% In Number Of Passengers Handled By Main Irish Airports In 2018

In 2018, 36.5 million passengers passed through the main Irish airports, an increase of 6.1% over the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, over 8.4 million passengers passed through the main Irish airports, an increase of 6.9% over the same period in 2017.

Passenger numbers increased in 2018 in Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Knock and Shannon airports, while passenger numbers decreased in Connemara and Inishmore airports, when compared with 2017. The five main airports accounted for 99.8% of all air passenger numbers, while Dublin airport accounted for 85.6% of all air passengers carried in 2018.

The results also show that:

More than 266,000 flights were handled by Ireland's main airports in 2018. Dublin accounted for 83.6% of all flights (222,692), while Cork handled 7.7% of all flights (20,441).

London-Heathrow and London-Gatwick were the most popular routes for passengers for Dublin airport in 2018. For Cork airport, London-Heathrow and London-Stansted were the most popular routes. 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 2018.

In 2018, almost nine out of every ten (85.3%) passengers travelling on international flights in the main Irish airports were travelling 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 2018.

Ireland's main airports handled a total of 157,364 tonnes of freight in 2018, the vast majority (93.6%) of which was international freight.

When seasonally adjusted, there was a quarterly increase of 1.8% in the number of passengers that passed through the main airports in Quarter 4 of 2018 compared with Quarter 3 of 2018.

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