Aviation Statistics


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Statistics on Aviation are collected under Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 91 of 2014 - Statistics (carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air) Order 2013. The data provides details on the number of passengers classified by arrivals and departures, and by reference to national and international traffic; the number of flights by arrivals and departures and information on air freight and mail (in tonnes). It highlights the top routes for each of the five main airports: Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Aviation statistics are compiled from data supplied by all Irish airports. The following Irish airports provide data to the Central Statistics Office: Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Kerry, Knock, Connemara, Donegal and Inishmore. There have been no commercial flights in Waterford airport since June 2016. Galway and Sligo airports ceased operations in 2011. Data for the five main airports is supplied on a monthly basis. Data for regional airports is supplied annually to the Central Statistics Office.


The aviation statistics release provides quarterly information on the number of passengers, number of flights and freight handled by the five main airports, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Knock and Shannon



Reference period

January 2005 to date

Start date

2013 Annual 2017 - Quarterly


3 months after the end of the reference period.


  • Passenger numbers
    classified by arrivals and departures by main airports per quarter, by country of flight stage origin.
  • Number of flights
    classified by arrivals and departures by main airports per quarter
  • Top routes
    arrivals and departures by number of passengers for Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock
  • Air freight
    classified by arrivals and departures by main airport, national and international


Business Sectors - Transport

Page Created


Page Modified



air freight, arrivals, aviation, Connemara, Cork, departures, direct transit passengers, Donegal, Dublin, destination, flight types, Galway, international, Inishmore, Irish airports, Kerry, Knock, main airports, national, non-scheduled, number of passengers, origin, regional airport, scheduled, Shannon, Sligo, transit passengers, Waterford