Ireland’s en route traffic (flights that pass though Irish airspace but don’t land) increased by 1% to 301,331 movements, while North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe/North America) increased by 3.8% to 420,423.
On the domestic front, commercial traffic grew by 6.5% in 2014 at the three state airports of Dublin, Shannon and Cork, with a total of 215,783 movements (with 81% of the volume at Dublin.
Focusing on December 2014, Dublin surged forward, recording growth of 13.4% in commercial movements against the same month in 2013, whilst Shannon grew by 8.5%.
Terminal traffic at the state airports combined in December was up 10.7%, when compared to the same month last year.
There was an increase of 3.7% in Ireland’s en route traffic movements during December 2014 and the IAA’s North Atlantic Communications flights saw an increase of 2.3%.
There was an average of 1,251 daily flights during December 2014, with the busiest day being December 5 with 1,503 flights in Irish airspace.
Eamonn Brennan, chief executive of the IAA, says: “The sustained growth in Irish air traffic is very welcome. Air traffic growth at Dublin and Shannon airports is being driven by the introduction of new routes by both low-cost carriers and transatlantic operators.
“We also saw robust growth in 2014 in our North Atlantic Communications business for flights transiting between Europe and North America.
2014 has ended well and the future is bright for 2015.
“We’ll see increased transatlantic capacity and new routes from Aer Lingus, Ryanair up about 10%, a new service linking Addis Ababa – Dublin - Los Angeles (served by Ethiopian Airlines), and the arrival of Vueling between Barcelona and Dublin to name but a few.
“These are all positive signs of confidence in the domestic and international economies.
“As the economy grows, the IAA will continue to support the airlines, the airports and the travelling public through the provision of safe, cost-efficient, and industry leading air traffic services in the years ahead.”