JULY was a record-breaking month for flights in and out of Irish airports as well as flights passing through Irish airspace, according to the Irish Aviation Authority.
In total a whopping 112,200 flights were recorded by the IAA. Cork Airport saw a 2.6 per cent increase in commercial flights in July, compared to the same month last year - with an average of 69 daily commercial flights contributing to the new record.
In relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports increased by 3.3 per cent in July this year, when compared to July 2016.
The 112,200 flights across Ireland included total terminal movements, North Atlantic communications flights and overflights, which marks a significant increase of 2.2 per cent over July 2016.
The IAA’s analysis of North Atlantic communications flights - Europe/US - saw an increase of 5.6 per cent in July 2017, compared to July 2016. There was also an increase of 0.8 per cent in flights that did not land in Ireland last July compared to last July.
Eamonn Brennan, IAA chief executive said the industry is continuing to grow.
“We are seeing new routes out of all our airports in 2017 and through Irish airspace and we are continuing to work hard to safely facilitate this demand so we can help keep the expansion going.
“We operate a state-of-the-art and very reliable air traffic management system, which has the capacity to handle more traffic in the years ahead.”