Almost 9.36 million people passed through Ireland’s main airports between April and June of this year, according to the Central Statistics Office, an increase of 6.2% on the same period of 2016.

The vast majority of those were handled by Dublin Airport, which handled 85% of all airport passengers during the second quarter.

Close to 8 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport during the period – up 7.3% year on year.

However most of the country’s other main airports also saw a rise in passenger numbers between April and June, with Cork Airport enjoying a 1.9% increase to over 637,000.

Passenger numbers at Ireland West Knock Airport were up 4.1% to almost 209,000, while Kerry Airport enjoyed an 8.2% gain to 98,536.

Shannon Airport was the only one of the country’s main locations that recorded a decline in passenger numbers, down 5.5% to just below 455,000.

During the quarter there were close to 68,000 flights handled by Ireland’s main airports – with Dublin Airport once again taking the lion’s share.

It handled almost 56,500 flights in the period – or 83.1% - with Cork Airport handling 5,300 and Shannon Airport accounting for almost 3,600.

London-Heathrow was the most popular connection in Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports during the period, with almost 665,000 passengers flying to or from the airport over the course of three months.

London-Gatwick was the second most popular connection in Dublin Airport, while London-Stansted was most popular in Knock Airport and second most popular in Cork, Shannon and Kerry.