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Aviation Statistics

Quarter 1 2019

Number of passengers handled by main Irish airports, Quarter 1 2017-2019
 Q1 2017Q1 2018Q1 2019% change Q1 2018-2019
Total passengers6,678,7446,939,8437,435,384+7.1

Increase of 7.1% in number of passengers handled by main Irish airports in Quarter 1 2019

Figure 1: Passenger numbers handled by main Irish airports
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In the first quarter of 2019, over 7.4 million passengers passed through the five main Irish airports, an increase of 7.1% over the same period in 2018. See table 1.

Passenger numbers increased in Cork, Dublin, Kerry and Knock, while passenger numbers decreased in Shannon. Dublin airport accounted for 87.2% of all air passengers handled in the first quarter of 2019.

The results also show that:

  • Almost 58,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in the first quarter of 2019. Dublin accounted for 84.9% of all flights (49,167) while Cork handled 7.5% of all flights (4,354). See table 3.
  • London- Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for passengers travelling through Dublin airport in the first quarter of 2019. For Cork airport, the top three routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and Amsterdam-Schiphol. The top route for Shannon was London-Heathrow, the top route for Knock was London-Stansted and the top route for Kerry was London-Luton. See tables 4A to 4E.
  • In the first quarter of 2019, almost nine out of every ten passengers (88.3%) on international flights in the five main airports were travelling to or from Europe. The two most popular countries of origin/destination were the United Kingdom and Spain. Outside of Europe, the United States of America was the most popular country of origin/destination in the first quarter of 2019. See table 5.
  • Ireland's main airports handled a total of 32,532 tonnes of freight in the first quarter of 2019, the vast majority (92.5%) of which was international freight. See table 6.
  • When seasonally adjusted, there was an increase in the number of passengers (+1.3%) that passed through the main airports in Quarter 1 of 2019 compared with Quarter 4 of 2018. See table 8.