Wednesday 18 July 2018

Dublin Airport racks up growth

Dublin Airport will handle close to 30 million passengers this year
Dublin Airport will handle close to 30 million passengers this year
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Dublin Airport notched up the fifth-fastest passenger growth during August of all large airports in Europe.

But it was the fourth-busiest airport in Europe during the month.

The capital's airport handled 3.07 million passengers in August, which was 6.6pc higher than in August 2016, according to new figures from Airports Council International (ACI).

Dublin Airport handled just under 28 million passengers last year, but remains on track to see that figure hit around 30 million this year.

ACI said that the fastest-growing large European airport - which includes gateways that handle more than 25 million passengers a year - was Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, which saw numbers in August soar 19.6pc to 4.1 million.

At Istanbul Ataturk, traffic was 10.6pc higher at 6.6 million. At Manchester, passenger traffic was 7.9pc higher in August at 3.1 million. At Oslo traffic rose 7.1pc to 2.5 million.

"While the macroeconomic environment remains the best in years, we are probably going to see some further softening of passenger traffic growth in the coming months," said ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec.

"The woes of Ryanair are already taking their toll and the impact of the bankruptcies of Alitalia, Air Berlin and Monarch has yet to unfold.

"It is doubtful that the full extent of the capacity offered by these airlines will remain in the market," he added.

Airlines including Aer Lingus and Icelandair have recently announced a number of new services at Dublin Airport.

Irish Independent

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