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Irish airport numbers up by 6.9%
28 May 2015 11:11
The numbers of passengers using Irish airports rose 6.9% last year, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.
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Almost 26.5 million passengers passed through Irish airports in 2014, but this is still five million passengers lower than the 2007 peak of 31.5 million passengers.
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More than 217,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports during the year.
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The CSO said that passenger numbers increased in Dublin, Donegal, Knock, Shannon, and Waterford airports.
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Dublin Airport accounted for 81.9% of all passengers. The airport accounted for almost 80% of all flights while Cork handled 9% of all flights.
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Today's figures also reveal that the number of departing passengers marginally exceeded those arriving for the main airports in 2014.
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London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and London-Stansted were the most popular routes for passengers in Dublin airport in 2014.
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The CSO figures also showed that the country's main airports carried a total of 130,000 tonnes of freight last year.
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