Saturday 21 April 2018

Hub role helps Dublin Airport to a record 27.9m passengers

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Dublin Airport handled a record 27.9 million passengers last year - an 11pc increase on the number that passed through it in 2015.

The increase came as the economy continued to recover and Dublin Airport expanded its role as a secondary hub for travel between Europe and the United States. A record 1.2 million passengers transferred through Dublin last year - a 23pc increase on 2015.

With a number of new services set to begin this year at the airport, it means it's almost certain to surpass a total of 28 million passengers during 2017. The airport's 2016 tally confirms its position as one of Europe's fastest-growing large airports, and also one of the busiest.

The number of short-haul passengers using Dublin rose 11pc in 2016 to just under 24.3 million.

The number of long-haul passengers was 12pc higher at 3.6 million.

"Over the past two years, passenger traffic at Dublin Airport has increased by 29pc, which is equivalent to an extra 6.2 million passengers," said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison.

He said that based on an industry-accepted methodology for calculating the impact of passenger traffic, the growth at Dublin had created an estimated 5,200 extra jobs on the airport's campus in the past two years.

Passenger traffic to and from continental Europe, which is Dublin Airport's largest market segment, increased by 11pc to a record 14.2 million last year.

The number of passengers travelling between Dublin and British destinations also hit record levels in 2016, as UK traffic increased by 12pc to 9.9 million.

Transatlantic traffic was the fastest-growing segment last year, with 2.9 million passengers travelling between Dublin and North America, most of them to destinations in the United States. That was 16pc more than in 2015.

The airport also had services to Toronto, Vancouver, St John's and Montreal, as well as charter flights to Cancun in Mexico, and Jamaica.

Dublin Airport also has long-haul services to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Qatar Airways will begin flying between Dublin and Doha this year.

Aer Lingus, owned by IAG, relaunched its Dublin-Los Angeles route last year, and also inaugurated a service to Hartford, Connecticut. This year, it will launch a route between Dublin and Miami.

Irish Independent

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