Norwegian means choice for Irish: IAA

Commercial air traffic at the three Irish state-owend airports of Dublin, Cork and Shannon grew by a robust 9 per cent in April, when compared to 2015.

Individually, the April 2016 figures for flights at the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

  • Dublin up 9.4 per cent with an average of 568 daily movements.
  • Cork up 11.3 per cent with an average of 55 daily movements.
  • Shannon up 2.3 per cent with an average of 50 daily movements.

There was an increase of 1per cent in Ireland’s overflight traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish-controlled airspace but do not land) this month, with 27,274 flights. The IAA’s North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe / North America flights) saw an increase of 5.9 per cent and 38,009 flights in April.

In total the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) safely and efficiently managed 89,379 movements in April 2016, an increase of 5.1% on the previous year.

Welcoming the growth at Cork and Shannon airports, Eamonn Brennan, chief executive of the Irish Aviation Authority said, “The choice for Irish consumers will be really expanded when Norwegian Air International (NAI) receives its approval to operate transatlantic services.

The opposition to the NAI permit is based on restricting consumer choice and restricting competition and is not on the grounds of safety or labour. Irish safety standards are amongst the highest in the world and only EU and US crews will be used and they will be subject to EU law.”

For more detailed, flight statistics, click here.

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