The number of passengers who passed through Ireland's five main airports during the first quarter of 2018 rose 3.9% to 6.9 million, compared to the same period last year, according to new data released by the CSO.
Dublin Airport accounted for 87% of all air passengers, with passenger numbers rising at Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Shannon, while Knock recorded a decrease in numbers, as reported by The Irish Times.
Of the 54,600+ flights handled by the five airports, Dublin accounted for 84.7%, handling a total of 46,267 flights, with Cork accounting for 7.3%, handling 3,984 flights.
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88% of international passengers across the five airports during the quarter journeyed to or from Europe, with the two most common destinations/states of origin being the UK and Spain. Meanwhile, the US was the most popular country for people coming and going to Ireland outside of Europe.
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