Transatlantic trips prove popular as record 2.6 million passengers travel through Dublin Airport
This year's holiday season has begun with a bang as a record 2.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last month.
According to a DAA spokesperson, the recorded figures represent a 5pc increase in passengers over May 2016.
The volumes of those travelling to and from continental Europe has risen by 4pc with almost 1.4 million passengers travelling to these destinations last month.
Meanwhile, over 843,000 passengers travelled to UK destinations - an increase of 1pc compared to the same period last year.
Passengers heading to and from destinations in North America increased by 18pc as almost 321,000 travelled on this route sector in May.
Furthermore, other international traffic increased by 3pc - over 56,000 passengers - principally to destinations in the Middle East.
However, the volumes of passengers on domestic routes actually decreased by 9pc with just over 8,000 passengers travelling on domestic flights last month.
So far this year, more than 10.9 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 6pc increase compared to the first five months of last year.