Air traffic at Shannon increased in February

Air traffic at Shannon increased in February


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Shannon Airport saw a 7.7% increase in commercial flights last month, compared to the same period in 2016, while Dublin and Cork airports experienced decreases.

Individually, the February 2017 figures for the three State airports, show that commercial terminal flights performance as follows:

  • Dublin down by 0.1% with an average of 503 daily commercial movements.
  • Cork down by 6.2%, with an average of 44 commercial daily movements.
  • Shannon up by 7.7% with an average of 43 commercial daily movements.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has confirmed that total overall air traffic safely handled by the IAA grew by 1.2% (or 71,883 movements) in February 2017 compared to the same month in 2016, which also had an extra day as 2016 was a leap year.

There was an increase of 3.2% in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements to 21,701 (flights, which do not land in Ireland) during February 2017, in comparison to February 2016.

Photo: IAA

The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/US flights) saw an increase of 3.6% to 31,390 in February 2017, when compared to February 2016.

In relation to international arrivals and departures, the total commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was virtually static when compared to February 2016 (down by just 0.1%) – the impact of fewer days in February 2017 due to the 2016 leap year has an impact on the figures.

The IAA’s monthly analysis of delays from Air Traffic Flow Regulations, indicates that there were 194 aircraft delayed during the month of February.

Of these delays, 7.2% were related to weather conditions and 92.8% to aerodrome capacity issues.

Ireland has traditionally one of the lowest levels of en-route and airport delays due to Air Traffic Flow Regulation and the IAA continues to proactively manage these delays to ensure they remain at a low level.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.