Tuesday 27 September 2016

300,000 passengers to travel through Dublin Airport over bank holiday weekend

October Bank Holiday

Published 23/10/2015 | 08:59

Dublin Airport's T2
Dublin Airport's T2
Dublin Airport, new road layout

Dublin Airport expects to process some 300,000 passengers this weekend, up 10pc on the same period last year.

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The figures are the latest marker of growth in what could turn out to be the busiest ever year for the airport.

So far in 2015, Dublin Airport has welcomed an extra 2.5 million customers, with numbers up 15pc to over 19.2 million for the first nine months alone.

“More than 2,100 flights are due to arrive and depart at Dublin Airport this weekend,” according to Dublin Airport spokesperson, Siobhán O’Donnell.

An average of 75,000 passengers are expected on Friday, October 23, Saturday (Oct 24) and Sunday (Oct 25), she added.

The estimates come in a week that Aer Lingus announced three new US routes from the airport for 2016, to LA, Newark and Connecticut.

Last year, Dublin welcomed a record 2.1 million transatlantic passengers. So far this year, transatlantic traffic is up by 17pc, with the airport now catering for one in every 10 North American visitors to Europe, according to Tourism Ireland.

This weekend also sees the official end of the summer schedule, and start of the new winter schedule at Dublin Airport.

New routes include a direct Aer Lingus service to Liverpool, which commences today, with Ryanair introducing direct flights to Amsterdam from October 27.

The airport's Terminal 1 Departures Road is currently closed for works, and customers are being advised to use an alternative set-down area for that terminal at the rear of the T1 multi-storey car park.

Passengers planning to travel on Sunday morning are also reminded that the clocks go back one hour on Saturday night.

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