More than 4 times Ireland's population used Dublin Airport last year
New record set with almost 28 million passengers in 2016
Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport reached an all-time high last year with a record 27.9 million reported.
The impressive figures sees an increase of 11pc in comparison with the previous year, more than four times the population of Ireland.
Dublin Airport experienced significant growth across both its short-haul and long-haul networks - and traffic performance exceeded the record set in 2015 by over 2.8 million passengers.
“Dublin Airport had a very strong performance in 2016,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
“We had double digit growth across all of our largest market segments and welcomed new routes and new airline customers,” he said.
Almost 24.3 million passenger took short-haul flights to and from Dublin - an increase of 11pc on an annual basis - while long-haul passenger numbers increased by 12pc from the previous year to more than 3.6 million.
According to Mr Harrison, additional connectivity at the airport has also helped to boost business between Ireland and its trading partners.
“Last year was the sixth consecutive year of traffic growth and in the period since the opening of Terminal 2 in 2010, Dublin Airport’s annual traffic has increased by almost 9.5 million passengers from 18.4 million per year in 2010 to 27.9 million in 2016,” he said.
Dublin Airport has direct flights to over 180 destinations in 40 countries on four continents.
2016 at a glance
*Passenger traffic to and from continental Europe (Dublin Airport’s largest market segment) increased by 11pc to a record 14.2 million
*Number of passengers travelling between Dublin and British destinations increased by 12pc to a record 9.9 million
*Transatlantic traffic was fastest-growing segment as record 2.9 million passengers travelled between Dublin and North America (up 16pc)
*Passenger traffic to other destinations, mainly the Middle East and Africa, declined by 3pc to 781,000
*Nineteen new routes were introduced during the year and additional capacity was added on 31 existing services
*Three new airlines started operations at Dublin – Aegean Airlines, Cobalt, and Flyone – while KLM returned to Dublin after 50 years
*Passengers transferring at Dublin increased by 23pc last year to a record 1.2 million - a key gateway between Europe and North America.
*Dublin Airport was the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam
*During the peak summer season, the airport had 48 flights per day to and from 11 cities in the US and five Canadian destinations