Saturday 22 July 2017

Dublin Airport records busiest ever month... and it's not over yet

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Dublin Airport Head of Operations Gary McLean presents Mark Owen and Lisa Walsh with champagne, flowers and chocolates to mark the fact that Ms Walsh was the two and a half millionth passenger to use Dublin Airport in July.
Dublin Airport Head of Operations Gary McLean presents Mark Owen and Lisa Walsh with champagne, flowers and chocolates to mark the fact that Ms Walsh was the two and a half millionth passenger to use Dublin Airport in July.
Pól Ó Conghaile

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2.5 million passengers have passed through Dublin Airport so far this July, marking the busiest month in its 75 year history.

The figures are set to rise even further over the coming days, with the airport predicting a bumper bank holiday weekend ahead.

354,000 passengers are expected to fly in and out of Dublin between Friday and Monday, according to the daa.

“This is a historic milestone for Dublin Airport,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison, who added that passenger numbers were up 15pc in July with "strong growth" across all market sectors.

Yesterday, airport authorities presented Lisa Walsh from Tralee, Co. Kerry with champagne, flowers and chocolates as she became the two-and-a-half-millionth passenger to use Dublin Airport in July.

Ms Walsh (above) was returning from a holiday on the Greek island of Corfu with her partner Mark Owen, from Edinburgh.

“This is such a wonderful welcome home,” she said.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus is set to carry over 230,000 passengers this August bank holiday weekend - up 10pc on the same weekend last year.

The uplift in bookings "could be a reflection of the disappointing Irish weather," the airline said - a sentiment echoed by Cork Airport, which is also facing into what it says will be its busiest weekend of 2015.

According to figures released by the weather station at Cork Airport, 158.2mm of rain fell during July, double the average of 78.8mm.

Watch: VIDEO: Inside Air Traffic Control on its busiest day of the year

In total, more than 2,316 flights (from all airlines) are due to arrive and depart at Dublin Airport this weekend - moving an average of 88,500 passengers a day.

So far this year, Dublin Airport has welcomed an extra 1.8 million customers, as passenger numbers rose 15pc to 13.7 million this year to date.

2015 is now expected to be its busiest ever year.

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