Dip In Passenger Numbers At Shannon Airport

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Passenger numbers at Shannon airport have dipped, despite a rise at Ireland’s other airports.

New figures from the CSO show a 5% drop in passengers at the midwest airport between January and June.


The latest figures show passenger numbers soared at Cork, Dublin, Knock and Kerry airports in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year with Shannon the only Irish airport that failed to see passenger numbers take off.

Between January and June 726,724 people travelled on flights to and from the midwest airport, a 5% drop on 2016 figures.

In the second quarter alone, there were almost 26,700 fewer passengers, a 5.5% drop, despite a rise in the months between April and June the previous year.

London – Heathrow, London – Stanstead and New York JFK were the most popular routes.

The figures may come as a disappointment, as there has been a steady rise in passenger numbers since the Airport became independent five years ago.

The figures don’t include either of the two new transatlantic services operated by Norweigian which didn’t take off until July.