Airport passenger numbers soar to 2.3 million in month
Passenger numbers have soared at Dublin Airport in September, with the figure rising 14pc to 2.3 million, helped by new routes and extra frequencies.
The airport has also seen an increase in passenger numbers as the Rugby World Cup heats up in Britain. Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus have been laying on extra flights for fans eager to catch crunch matches as Ireland vies to win the tournament.
The figure for September also marked a record for Dublin Airport for that month of the year.
It also tops off what has been an exceptionally busy summer. Between June and September, Dublin Airport handled a total of 10.1 million passengers, which is up about 15pc year-on-year. In July, just over 2.5 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport - the first time that more than 2.5 million used it during a single month.
A total of 19.2 million passengers used Dublin Airport in the first nine months of this year - a 15pc rise on the first nine months of 2014. During September, passenger numbers to and from continental Europe rose 14pc to slightly more than 1.2 million. Roughly 750,000 passengers travelled between Dublin and UK destinations, which was also a 14pc year-on-year increase.Transatlantic traffic jumped 16pc in September to nearly 275,000 passengers, while about 68,000 passengers travelled on routes between Ireland, the Middle East and north Africa. That was also 14pc more than in September last year. Transatlantic traffic will be set for another surge next year.
Aer Lingus, now part of IAG, is to announce details of its new summer schedule within a couple of weeks. It's widely anticipated that it will relaunch its route between Dublin and Los Angeles, and also open another route to the US east coast.
Miami and Philadelphia are among the cities it has been considering for a new east coast route. It has already announced an expansion of its summer 2015 short-haul services from Dublin and other Irish airports. Dublin will also see its first ever direct services to the Caribbean and Mexico. Falcon Holidays and Thomson, part of the TUI group, will operate services to Cancun and Jamaica from June.
Dublin Airport, which is one of Europe's fastest-growing airports, will have over 20 long-haul destinations next summer, including the new services that will be unveiled by Aer Lingus.