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The figures show that the IAA’s operating profit of €25.7m was 12pc up on the €22.85m recorded in 2012.

The figures show that the IAA’s operating profit of €25.7m was 12pc up on the €22.85m recorded in 2012.

The figures show that the IAA’s operating profit of €25.7m was 12pc up on the €22.85m recorded in 2012.

Ireland's aviation sector was toasting itself this week. The Dublin Airport Authority said that figures from Airports Council International (ACI) showed that Dublin Airport was the second-fastest growing airport with its peer group from a passenger number point of view last year.

Dublin Airport recorded passenger growth of 6pc, bringing its tally for 2013 to 20.2 million. ACI counts Dublin as a 'Group 2' airport – one that handles between 10m and 25m passengers a year.

Berlin's Tegel airport was the best performing in that category, with growth of 7pc.

Meanwhile, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has launched the inaugural Aviation Industry Awards, which aims to reward individuals and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to the sector.

IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan said Ireland had "punched well above its weight" in global aviation, and indeed it has.

There are a whopping 18 categories in the awards, which will be dished out to winners in June after a shortlist is revealed in April.

Will certainly be interesting to see who gets nominated.

Irish Independent