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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Dublin Airport confirmed as a European growth leader

Published 08/07/2015 | 02:30

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Dublin airport

Dublin Airport was one of the fastest-growing airports in Europe during May, handling 2.3 million passengers - 12.9pc more than it did in May 2014.

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The number of passengers is over 20pc higher than in May 2013, Airports Council International (ACI) has confirmed.

Dublin also bucked a downward trend in freight traffic, with 8.5pc more freight movements in May than in during the corresponding month a year ago.

Dublin Airport has previously noted that 2015 was its busiest May ever in its 75-year history.

The capital's airport posted one of the biggest surges in passenger traffic during May among its peer group, which includes European airports that handle between 10 million and 25 million passengers a year.

The airport in that segment with the biggest growth was Istanbul at 23.1pc, followed by Athens at 22.3pc.

Dublin's growth made it the fifth-biggest gainer in that airport segment, and it was the only western European airport to feature in the top five.

"EU passenger traffic continues to perform strongly, led by airports in Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Hungary," according to Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe.

Dublin Airport has been experiencing a surge in passenger traffic, with a number of new and expanded services having been launched.

ACI Europe said that Shannon Airport handled just over 154,000 passengers in May, up 5.7pc year-on-year. Shannon was ranked 125 in the list of Europe's busiest airports during May. Dublin was at 19.

John Mulligan

Irish Independent

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