DUBLIN Airport has today reached a significant milestone, as the 20 millionth passenger to pass through Terminal 2 landed in arrivals.
This was the first time the airport has reached the 20 million mark since 2009 and passenger numbers for this year are up 6% from last.
Roma Chang, from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, said she was “overwhelmed” as she walked through arrivals to be greeted with flowers, champagne, a band and a €3,000 holiday voucher.
“I’m overwhelmed, and completely surprised. This is a fantastic way to be greeted on arrival in Dublin Airport,” she said.
Airport staff had good reason to celebrate as their Police and Fire Service Band played ‘Congratulations’, as Ms Chang’s arrival marked what has been a positive year in Irish tourism.
Dublin Airport Authorities announced this morning that an extra 1million passengers had used Dublin Airport this year.
“Dublin Airport has had an excellent year in passenger number terms,” the DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland said.
“We’re up almost 6pc for the year, which is our third consecutive year of passenger growth at Dublin.”
He added: “Dublin Airport has had 16 consecutive months of traffic growth, and has outperformed the European average in each of the past 14 months.”
The national airport is hoping to continue their growth next year, and have announced that 15 new services have been confirmed for the New Year, including a direct Aer Lingus route to Toronto and San Francisco.
Annual passenger numbers at Dublin Airport peaked at just under 23.5 million in 2008 and fell back to 18.4 million in 2010, before beginning to grow again.
At the peak of the boom in 2008, Dublin Airport's passenger numbers included almost 850,000 passengers taking domestic flights within the Republic of Ireland.