A new statistical release by Central Statistics Office (CSO) has shown that Irish airports handled 32.83 million passengers in 2016, marking a 10.3% increase compared to 2015.

Last year, passenger volumes increased in all Irish airports except Waterford, with Dublin Airport accounting for 84.6% of all air passenger numbers.

Around 3.1 million additional passengers travelled through the gates of Irish airports in 2016, 2.8 million (92%) of which passed through Dublin Airport.

The CSO study shows that more than 247,000 flight movements were registered by five main airports of Ireland in 2016, of which Dublin accounted for approximately 83% (204,563) and Cork handled 8% (19,908).

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"Last year, passenger volumes increased in all Irish airports except Waterford, with Dublin Airport accounting for 84.6% of all air passenger numbers."

The most popular passenger routes to and from Dublin were Manchester, London-Heathrow and London-Gatwick, while the three major routes to and from Cork Airport were London-Stansted, London-Heathrow and Amsterdam.

While the main routes serving Shannon Airport were New York-John F Kennedy, London-Heathrow and London-Stansted, the most popular routes for Knock were London-Luton, Liverpool-John Lennon and London-Stansted.

On international flights, almost nine out of every ten passengers (87.8%) in the five major Irish airports travelled to or from Europe last year, and the US was the most popular location outside Europe.

In total, the five airports handled 146,829t of cargo volumes in 2016, 94% of which was international freight.