Irish airspace set for its busiest-ever summer as flight movements soar

Irish airspace is set for its busiest-ever summer
Irish airspace is set for its busiest-ever summer

Total flights handled in Irish airspace for June 2018 was recorded at 112,005 movements, an increase of +4.1% over June 2017.

The figures revealed by the Irish Aviation Authority include total terminal movements (Dublin, Cork, Shannon) North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/US flights) and overflights managed.

These record-breaking figures mean that Ireland’s skies are set for their busiest-ever summer.

In relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports were up by +4.7% in June 2018, when compared to June 2017.

Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up by +4.9% with an average of 703 daily commercial movements at Dublin.

Commenting on the announcement, IAA Chief Executive, Peter Kearney said: ‘These are positive and notable figures for the month of June. Aviation continues to open Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver for our economy.

‘The IAA continues to invest in its state-of-the-art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff, to deliver a world-class service to our airline customers.’

The IAA also continues to handle all of these flights safely without (ATFM) delay, delivering a high-quality service that meets the needs of our airline customers.

Additionally, there was an increase of +6.1% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland) during June 2018, in comparison to June 2017. The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US Flights) saw an increase of +1% in June 2018, when compared to June 2017.

Fingal Independent