Thursday 19 January 2017

Dublin airport now the 18th busiest in Europe

Published 06/02/2016 | 02:30

25 million passengers were handled at Dublin last year. Photo: PA
25 million passengers were handled at Dublin last year. Photo: PA

Dublin now has the 18th busiest airport in Europe following a surge in passenger traffic during 2015.

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Passenger numbers at the capital jumped over 15pc to more than 25 million last year, with further significant growth expected this year as new services come on stream.

It also means Dublin is now in the top tier of Europe's busiest airports that handle more than 25 million passengers a year, putting it in the same league as Copenhagen and Paris Orly, for example.

The 25 million passengers handled at Dublin last year beat the previous annual record of 23.4 million that had been set in 2008.

And this year is likely to be even busier, as Aer Lingus expands its network to include Los Angeles, Newark, and Hartford in Connecticut.

Air Canada Rouge will operate a seasonal service to Vancouver - the first time the two cities have ever had a direct link.

Figures published yesterday by the European branch of Airports Council International confirm Dublin's performance last year. The 15pc increase compared to an average rise of 5.6pc in passenger numbers at airports across the EU.

Until now, Dublin has been part of the group of European airports that handles less than 25 million passengers a year.

But its performance now puts it in the top tier, which was dominated last year by London Heathrow, which handled just under 75 million passengers.

Paris Charles de Gaulle was next with 65.7 million.

Irish Independent

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