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Dublin Airport has busiest day in 76-year history

Published 14/07/2016 | 02:30

Dublin Airport welcomed 100,000 passengers in one day Photo: Sean Dwyer/Bloomberg News
Dublin Airport welcomed 100,000 passengers in one day Photo: Sean Dwyer/Bloomberg News

Dublin Airport had its busiest day in its 76-year history last month, welcoming 100,000 passengers in 24 hours.

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On Friday, June 24, the airport facilitated enough passengers to fill the Aviva Stadium twice.

The date was sandwiched between Ireland's two important Euro 2016 fixtures - against Italy on June 22 and France on June 26 - which may explain the large numbers.

The new record follows the airport's most successful year - after 25 million passengers travelled through it in 2015.

Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said 17 new routes and services had been added to the airport since the start of the year.

"Every single week since May 15 has been busier than our busiest week in 2015. And this will also be the case for every week right though to early October," he said.

"We continue to invest in new facilities and services to enhance the passenger experience for all customers.

"We are investing €10m to upgrade the arrivals area in Terminal 1. We have also installed automatic tray return systems at passenger screening to help make this process more efficient."

The growth in passenger numbers is largely down to lower oil prices, a strengthening of the Irish economy and the lowest unemployment rates since 2008.

Irish Independent

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