Cork Airport is Ireland's fastest growing airport with a 9% increase in flight numbers

Cork Airport is Ireland's fastest growing airport with a 9% increase in flight numbers
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Cork remains Ireland's fastest growing airport with traffic growing by almost 9% in the first three months of the year.

Between January and March, Cork Airport handled 4,386 flights, an 8.6% increase on 2018 when 4,039 flights landed and took off.

Figures released by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) reveal that air traffic handled by Irish air traffic control is up 3% nationally in quarter one 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. 

The total amount of traffic safely handled in the first quarter of this year was 245,461 movements, an increase of over 7,000 movements on 2018 figures.

Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights, which do not land in Ireland), grew by 2.7% in comparison to the same period in 2018. 

Dublin and Cork, in particular, continue to demonstrate robust growth with increases of 6.4% and 8.6% respectively in Q1 2019 over the same period in 2018.

Peter Kearney, Chief Executive of the IAA said: “These positive figures come on the back of a strong year in 2018 and are even more impressive given the uncertainty posed by Brexit. Our outlook, however, remains cautious.”

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