Irish airports handled 30 million passengers last year
Almost 30 million people flew in and out of Ireland’s main airports last year – the largest number since the record in 2008.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show a 12.5% increase in air passengers at the main airports in 2015.
And cementing its slot as one of the world’s most travelled routes, services over the Irish Sea from Dublin to London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted were the busiest.
Out of Cork, the most popular routes were to Heathrow, Stansted and Amsterdam, while in Shannon the main routes were to Heathrow, Stansted and New York’s JFK.
Stansted, Luton and Liverpool-John Lennon were the most popular routes to and from Knock.
Shannon is down from 9% to almost 6%, Knock bucked the trend outside the capital growing by 0.3% to 2.3%, while Kerry still accounts for 1% of air travellers.
The CSO also said flights in and out of Ireland are most likely to be coming from or going to the UK, Spain and the US.