THE number of air traffic movements declined in Cork in February.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) reports that an average of 44 commercial flights passed through Cork each day last month, a 6.2% decrease in comparison to the same month in 2016.
A report issued by the IAA notes that February 2016 benefitted from having an extra day of movement as 2016 was a leap year.
However, the news is unlikely to be too much of a concern among airport officials in Cork, who say the most accurate measure of performance for the airport is the number of passengers on each flights, not the number of flights.
Overall, Irish aviation saw a slight growth in air traffic last month, though both Cork and Dublin reported a drop in commercial flight movements.
Some 71,833 movements were reported in Ireland's airports last month, with Shannon airport up by 7.7%. However, with 43 commercial movements each day, Shannon still lags behind both Cork (44) and Dublin (503).
To date this year, Cork Airport has reported a 6% increase in passenger numbers, which follows an 8% increase overall last year.
This figure is expected to continue to grow with the addition of new routes, including the recently-launched transatlantic offerings from Norwegian and Wow Air.