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Aviation Statistics

Quarter 3 2018

Number of passengers handled by main Irish airports
 Quarter 3 January to September
 20172018% change201720181% change
Passengers10,524,36611,131,133+5.8 26,562,82128,106,190+5.8
1 Minor revisions to quarters 1 and 2 of 2018

Increase of 5.8% in number of passengers handled by main Irish airports in Quarter 3 2018

Figure 1: Passenger numbers handled by main Irish airports
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In the third quarter of 2018, 11.1 million passengers passed through the five main airports, an increase of 5.8% over the same period in 2017. See table 1.

Passenger numbers increased in all five main airports. Dublin airport accounted for 84.7% of all air passengers in the third quarter of 2018.

In the first nine months of 2018, over 28 million passengers (28,106,190) travelled through the main Irish airports, an increase of 5.8% compared with the same period in 2017.

The results also show that:

  • Over 76,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in the third quarter of 2018. Dublin accounted for 82.5% of all flights (63,032) while Cork handled 8.2% of all flights (6,274). See table 3.
  • London- Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for passengers travelling through Dublin airport in the third quarter of 2018. In Cork airport, the top three routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and Malaga. 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 third quarter of 2018, more than eight out of every ten passengers (83.8%) 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 third quarter of 2018. See table 5.
  • Ireland's main airports handled a total of 39,261 tonnes of freight in the third quarter of 2018, the vast majority (93.8%) of which was international freight. See table 6.
  • When seasonally adjusted, there was a quarterly decrease of 0.1% in the number of passengers that passed through the main airports in Quarter 3 of 2018 compared with Quarter 2 of 2018. See table 8.