9.3m people use Irish airports in 3 months

9point3m people use Irish airports 3 months
Dublin Airport. Photo. Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

9.3m people and 68,000 flights use Irish airports over 3 months

Almost 9.36 million people – and 68,000 flights – passed through Ireland’s main airports between April and June of this year, according to Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO).

That is an increase of 6.2 per cent on the same period last year.

Most passed through Dublin Airport, which accounted for 85 per cent of all Ireland’s airport passengers in that period. Almost 8 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport during the period, an increase of 7.3 per cent.

More than 637,000 people passed through Cork Airport, a 1.9 per cent increase, while 209,000 passed through Knock Airport (+4.1 per cent) and 98,536 people used Kerry Airport (+8.2 per cent).

The number of passengers using Shannon Airport fell by 5.5 per cent to just under 455,000.

Of the 68,000 passenger flights to and from Ireland during that time Dublin Airport accounted for 56,500 of them (83.1 per cent) followed by Cork Airport’s 5,300 and Shannon’s 3,600.

London-Heathrow is far and away the most popular destination for Irish passengers and accounted for 665,000 people leaving Ireland during that three-month period. London-Gatwick was the second most popular connection to Dublin, Stansted was most popular for Knock Airport and second most popular for Cork, Shannon and Kerry flights.

The scheduled publication of the passenger number figures comes not long after expressions of concern by Tourism Ireland at the drop in numbers of visitors to Ireland from the UK. Revenue from UK visitors fell by 3.7 per cent.

CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons said: “The decline in visitor numbers from Britain continues to be a real concern. The fall in the value of sterling has made holidays and short breaks here more expensive for British visitors and, at the same time, made Britain more affordable for visitors from many of our top markets. While we can see the impact of currency changes in today’s CSO results, which confirm a decline of -6% in British visitors in the first half of the year, revenue from the market has held up somewhat better.”

Overall CSO figures for the second quarter of this year suggest revenues to Ireland from overseas visitors were 11.7 per cent higher than the same time a year earlier. This meant revenue for the first half of the year was 7.1 per cent ahead of 2016.

The figures show that revenue from North American visitors grew by 16.7 per cent while revenue from mainland European visitors grew by 6.5 per cent with revenue from visitors from long-haul destinations growing by 9.9 per cent.

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