|Number of passengers handled by main Irish airports|
|January to December||36,525,288||38,053,418||+4.2|
In 2019, 38.1 million passengers passed through the main Irish airports, an increase of 4.2% over the previous year. See table 1.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, over 8.5 million passengers passed through the main Irish airports, an increase of 1.4% over the same period in 2018.
Passenger numbers increased in 2019 in all airports except for Shannon which decreased. It should be noted that Shannon airport is a fuel stop for many transit flights that are not included in this release. The five main airports accounted for 99.8% of all air passenger numbers while Dublin airport accounted for 85.7% of all air passengers carried in 2019. See table 2.