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Thursday 17 April 2014

Airport predicts record traffic

Traffic at Dublin Airport is set for a new record

DUBLIN Airport said its transatlantic traffic this year is set for a new record, with more than 1.8 million passengers expected to travel between Ireland and North America in 2013.

That will exceed the 1.75 million notched up by Dublin Airport in 2008. The figure had fallen to 1.5 million in 2010.

To date this year, 1.3 million transatlantic passengers have used the airport, a 14pc increase on the corresponding period in 2012. Total passenger traffic at Dublin Airport so far this year is up 6pc at 13.7 million. The figures came as Aer Lingus released passenger data for August yesterday.

It said that its mainline passenger numbers slipped 0.4pc to just over 1 million in August. Long-haul traffic was again the stand-out performer for Aer Lingus.

Capacity on long-haul services in August was 15.7pc higher than it was a year earlier.

Its short-haul services didn't fare as well, with the August passenger numbers falling 2.4pc to 884,000.

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