EU Air Traffic
Levels Continue To Be Impacted By Global Economic Recession
By Jim Douglas
January 13, 2012 - There were 522,959 flights in Irish controlled airspace in 2011, according to statistics published by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). This represents a 2% increase on the 513,236 flights recorded in 2010.
However, more significantly, the 2011 performance is 13%
below the number of flights in 2008, the peak year for
Irish traffic, and is only on a par with volumes being
achieved pre 2005.
Combined commercial terminal traffic movements for Dublin, Shannon and Cork in 2011 were up marginally on 2010. However the traffic levels were 27.5% less than those recorded in 2008. Traffic for individual airports was:
- Dublin recorded 154,457 commercial terminal flights in 2011, an increase of 0.9% on 2010 but 23% less than that recorded in 2008.
recorded 19,275 commercial terminal flights in 2011, up 2.7% on
2010 but a 42% drop on 2008 levels.
recorded 22,173 commercial terminal flights in 2011, down 6.2%
on 2010 but 36% down on 2008 levels.
300,408 en route movements in 2011, up 2.6% on 2010 but down
3.1% on the peak 2008 figures. Flights served by the IAAs North
Atlantic Communications Centre in 2011 totaled 403,534, up 3.7%
on 2010 but down 4.4% on the peak 2008 levels.
comparing traffic volumes for 2011 with those of 2010, the IAA
carried out an assessment on the impact of traffic in 2010 due
to the ash cloud crisis. In summary this found that the
difference in traffic volumes between 2011 and 2010 was flat
with the exception of Cork airport where the volumes were down.
Brennan, Chief Executive IAA said that a reduction in traffic
volumes was very disappointing but was not unexpected in the
context of the global economic crises. The Authority will
continue to support the airline industry in this difficult
economic period he said.
"En route charges
in Irish airspace have been reduced by 8% this year and we hope to
reduce these further in 2013 and 2014. Our reductions greatly exceed the
minimum 3.5% required by the Single European Sky II package and Ireland
is the fourth lowest in Europe for air traffic control charges to
airlines in 2012.
charges have also been reduced by 21% this month and will be cut by 6%
yearly from 2013 to 2015. We will also be making some changes to
services, including significant cost-cutting, to ensure we can deliver
these price reductions to our terminal customers. Finally our safety
regulation fees have been frozen since 2008 and we intend to continue
this freeze in 2012," Mr Brennan said.
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