Monday, 14 January 2013

Shannon Airport targets Transatlantic market for growth ©

Image: Shannon Airport 

Newly independent Shannon Airport intends to increase transatlantic traffic from 350,000 last year to 500,000 passengers by 2015 building upon the 22% increase in traffic expected this summer as Aer Lingus and Delta Airlines resumes seasonal routes and new routes are launched by US Airways to Philadelphia and United Airlines to Chicago.

Shannon Airport is well place for transatlantic growth with available terminal capacity and US CBP facilities, by growing business from existing customer base and the introduction of new technology aircraft the Airbus A321Neo and Boeing 737 Max will open up new transatlantic city pair opportunities from 2015-2017.

Shannon Airport handled 1,394,781 passengers in 2012 down 230,672 from 1,625,453 in 2011.

                                         
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Modest Growth in Irish Air Traffic Figures in 2012 ©

Image: Paul Doyle 
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) today announced a total of 497,859 flights used Irish controlled airspace in 2012, representing a 0.31% increase on the flights in 2011.

There were a total of 196,566 commercial terminal traffic movements for Cork, Dublin and Shannon Airports in 2012, up 0.3% on 2011 stating Traffic growth levels over the past five months, particularly at Dublin Airport, are promising.  

The commercial terminal traffic figures for the three State airports were:

Cork Airport: 21,784 flights -1.8% on 2011.

Dublin Airport: 156,582 flights +1.4% on 2011.

Shannon Airport: 18,200 flights -5.58% on 2011.

There were 301,293 en route movements in 2011 (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land), up 0.3% on 2011 and traffic served by the North Atlantic Communications Centre in 2012 totaled 400,480, down 0.76% on 2011.

Irish Aviation Authority CEO Mr Eamonn Brennan said "2012 proved to be a profoundly challenging year for the global aviation industry and the IAA has worked hard to reduce costs for our airlines customers. In particular, terminal air traffic control fees were reduced by 21% in 2012 and are reduced by a further 4.1% in 2013. 

Our en route fees were reduced by 8.9% in 2012 and are further reduced by 6.3% in 2013. Ireland’s air traffic control charges continue to be amongst the most competitive in Europe. Our Safety Regulation fees have also been frozen since 2008, a position we intend to maintain through 2013.

2013 will be another tough year for the aviation industry in Ireland but there are signs that a return to more consistent growth in Ireland’s air traffic will emerge ".

                                                       

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