Dublin Airport was the fastest growing major airport in Europe in 2016
Dublin Airport was the fastest growing major airports in Europe last year, according to new figures from ACI Europe.
The number of passengers passing through Dublin rose by 11.5pc over the course of 2016, making the airport the leading performer among the top tier of European airports, ahead of Barcelona’s El Prat and Amsterdam’s Schiphol.
Dublin Airport grew faster last year than all other European airports that have more than 25 million passengers per annum.
Almost 28 million passengers passed through Dublin last year with traffic boosted by the launch of 19 new routes. Additional capacity was also added on 31 existing services.
Ireland’s positioning as a hub for long-haul flights to North America was factor in the sharp rise in traffic.
“Dublin Airport’s passenger performance in 2016 was also assisted by its growth as a gateway between Europe and North America. Transatlantic traffic increased by 16pc to a record 2.9 million passengers last year, while transfer passenger numbers were up 23pc to a record 1.2 million,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
The figures correlate with those reported by the Irish tourism industry, which saw a record-breaking year of growth in 2016.
Passenger traffic across the European airport network rose steadily in 2016, posting an average growth of 5.1pc.
Europe’s airports collectively processed more than 2 billion passengers last year, which was a new all-time record, according to ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec.
“While geopolitics and terrorism in particular played an increasing role in shaping the fortunes and misfortunes of many airports, the underlying story is one of continued growth and expansion – with passenger volumes growing in excess of 5% for the third consecutive year,” Mr Jankovec said.
Europe’s largest airports in 2016 were as follows, according to ACI:
1) London Heathrow – 75.7 million passengers (+1%)
2) Paris Charles de Gaulle – 65.9 million passengers (+0.3%)
3) Amsterdam Schiphol – 63.6 million passengers (+9.2%)
4) Frankfurt – 60.7 million passengers (-0.4%)
5) Istanbul Ataturk – 60 million passengers (-2.1%)