In the first quarter of 2018, just over 6.9 million passengers passed through the five main airports, an increase of 3.9% over the same period in 2017. See table 1.
Passenger numbers increased in Cork, Dublin, Kerry and Shannon, while passenger numbers decreased in Knock. Dublin airport accounted for 87.0% of all air passengers in the first quarter of 2018.
The results also show that:
- More than 54,600 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in the first quarter of 2018. Dublin accounted for 84.7% of all flights (46,267) while Cork handled 7.3% of all flights (3,984). See table 3.
- London- Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for passengers for Dublin airport in the first quarter of 2018. In 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 2018, almost nine out of every ten passengers (88.0%) 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 2018. See table 5.
- Ireland's main airports handled a total of 37,936 tonnes of freight in the first quarter of 2018, the vast majority (93.6%) of which was international freight. See table 6.
- When seasonally adjusted, there was a decrease in the number of passengers (-2.0%) that passed through the main airports in Quarter 1 of 2018 compared with Quarter 4 of 2017. See table 8.