In relation to international arrivals and departures in December, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by +5.4% in December 2013. However Cork continues to show a decline of 7.4% in December reflecting the loss of Wizzair from May 2013.
This growth is expected to continue this year as Air Canada Route launches year-round service to Toronto. Aer Lingus launch new routes to Toronto and San Francisco and adds frequencies on a number of existing routes. Emirates Airlines adds a second daily service from September, Ryanair launches nine new routes and increases frequency on a number of existing routes.
IAA CEO Eamonn Brennan said "We are really encouraged to see such strong growth in our air traffic figures for 2013 and are confident that the year ahead will be even more positive. The traffic statistics reflect a renewed confidence in the general economy and in the Irish aviation industry, while the announcement of new routes in and out of Ireland is a very positive and welcome development".
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