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2013 a bumper year for Irish airports

Thursday, August 07 11:16:53

Almost 25 million passengers passed through Irish airports last year, an increase of 4pc over the previous year, latest CSO figures showed today.

Passenger numbers increased in Dublin, Donegal, Kerry, Shannon, Connemara and Inishmore airports while passenger numbers fell in the remaining airports. Dublin airport accounted for 81.3pc of all passengers.

The number of departing passengers marginally exceeded those arriving for the main airports in 2013. In total, for the main airports, there were 12.31 million arrivals and 12.37 million departures.

Just over 204,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in 2013. Dublin accounted for 79.2pc of all flights (161,976) while Cork handled almost 10pc of all flights (20,173).

Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted were the most popular routes for passengers in Dublin airport in 2013. For Cork, it was Heathrow, Stansted and Amsterdam. In Shannon, the main routes were Heathrow, Stansted and Newark while Stansted, Luton and Liverpool were the most popular routes to and from Knock.

In 2013, more than eight out of every ten passengers (84.6pc) on international flights in the five main airports were travelling to or from Europe and almost 9pc were travelling to or from North America. The most popular countries of origin/destination were the UK, Spain and the United States of America.

Ireland's main airports handled a total of 128.1 thousand tonnes of freight in 2013. International freight accounted for 90.0pc of the total.

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