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Saturday 17 February 2018

Dublin Airport growth is top of Europe league

Dublin rose faster than Barcelona’s El-Prat Airport (+12.7pc); Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul (+12pc); and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (+9.9pc)
Dublin rose faster than Barcelona’s El-Prat Airport (+12.7pc); Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul (+12pc); and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (+9.9pc)
Sabiha Gocken Airport, Istanbul
Schiphol Airport
El-Prat Airport, Barcelona
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Dublin Airport was the fastest-growing large airport in Europe during the first half of the year, according to new figures from Airports Council International (ACI).

The data shows that Dublin Airport posted 13.4pc passenger growth in the first six months of 2016, ahead of growth at other large airports such as in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

ACI counts airports handling more than 25 million passengers a year as being among Europe's largest.

Dublin Airport, which is controlled by the DAA, handled 25 million passengers last year, with the number set to hit more than 27 million this year.

In June, Dublin Airport handled 2.74 million passengers. That was more than were handled at Paris' second airport, Orly, Manchester or Zurich and was 9.6pc more than Dublin catered for in June 2015.

In the first half of the year, Dublin Airport handled just over 13 million passengers, making it the 15th biggest airport in Europe.

London Heathrow remains the biggest, having handled 35.7 million passengers in the period.

"The growth in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport is having a significant impact on the Irish economy," said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison, "bringing increased trade and investment and also driving higher visitor numbers, which is in turn boosting the Irish tourist industry."

Shannon handled 785,913 passengers in the first half of the year, marking a 3.8pc increase. Cork catered for 1.04 million, an 8.8pc increase in the period.

But despite the good performance by Dublin, overall traffic at European airports is set to deteriorate.

Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, said that there's been a severe slump in passenger demand in countries including Turkey and Russia, as well as a significant deceleration in the EU market.

"These worrying trends are due to the impact of terrorism and accrued geopolitical instability," he said. "Since these traffic figures do not yet reflect the full impact of the Istanbul-Ataturk airport terrorist attack and the failed coup in Turkey, we expect a further worsening of airport traffic performance over the summer and for the remainder of the year."

He said EU airports are also likely to see a continued softening of passenger traffic because of lower consumer confidence due to terrorist attacks and the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Meanwhile, some pilots with Dublin airline CityJet who are based at London City Airport have voted to go on strike.

The carrier said that 14 of 19 pilots who are members of the Independent Pilots' Association had voted for industrial action because of a dispute linked to pay cuts.

CityJet has 50 pilots working from London City Airport, its biggest base.

CityJet said that the planned action was regrettable and that it would be taking steps to prevent any disruption to passengers.

Irish Independent

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