Sunday 26 February 2017

One-in-a-million Philomena marks Preclearance milestone at Dublin Airport

US Customs and Border Protection

Pól Ó Conghaile

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Pictured are US CBP Port Director at Dublin Airport, Tish Lagerwey; Philamena Linton,US CBP's one millionth passenger in 2015, and Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.
Pictured are US CBP Port Director at Dublin Airport, Tish Lagerwey; Philamena Linton,US CBP's one millionth passenger in 2015, and Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Dublin Airport has recorded its one millionth passenger this year.

Philamena Linton, who lives in Malahide, passed through the airport's Preclearance facility this morning before boarding a Delta Airlines flight to New York.

Earlier this month, Dublin Airport broke its annual passenger number record with over 23.5 million passengers welcomed so far in 2015.

Terminal 2 celebrated its fifth birthday in 2015, but this is the first time that one million people have passed through CPB in a single year.

“This is an exciting milestone for Customs and Border Protection, Dublin Airport and the Irish Government," said US CBP Dublin Port Director, Tish Lagerwey.

Dublin is the only major airport in Europe to offer US Preclearance, and was Europe’s sixth largest airport for transatlantic connectivity this summer.

Only Heathrow, Schiphol, Paris CDG, Madrid and Frankfurt had more flights to the US and Canada this summer, according to the airport.

Up to 20 direct flights a day are now operating to/from the US, with Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United.

Last year, a record 2.1 million transatlantic passengers passed through the airport - up from 1.1 million in 2004. That figure is expected to be surpassed this year.

Dublin Airport is celebrating 75 years in 2015.

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