New record number of passengers for airport
Published 05/12/2015 | 02:30
Dublin airport has surpassed its boom-time annual passenger numbers - even before the Christmas holiday rush.
New short and long-haul routes combined with larger jets are believed to have resulted in a record 23.5 million people passing through the gates.
The previous record went back to 2008, during the economic boom, when 23.46 million passengers were processed at the airport.
But with all of the December traffic still to come, 2015 is set to soar way past the old record, according to the airport's managing director Vincent Harrison.
"Passenger numbers are up 16pc so far this year, with record numbers of people travelling to and from Dublin on European, UK, transatlantic and other international routes," he said.
"We have already welcomed more than 3.1 million extra passengers this year and we still have most of December to come."
The increase in air passenger activity is put down to increased capacity on planes and new routes at the airport.
Some 23 new routes were added this year, with six new airlines using the airport for the first time. Ethiopian airlines opened a service to Los Angeles and Addis Ababa.
Aer Lingus added services to Washington, Liverpool and Nantes, with Ryanair operating flights to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Lublin in Poland.
The new record could be eclipsed next year with 11 new scheduled services already announced including new routes to LA and Newark in the US and Vancouver in Canada.