Flying high with 29.6m passengers
Some 29.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in 2017, comfortably making it the airport's busiest ever year.
"A significant increase in long-haul traffic, and a robust performance from continental European routes, were the main factors behind of a 6pc increase in passenger numbers," according to a statement by the airport.
Traffic has been rocketing at Dublin since 2011, with passenger numbers rising by 58pc from 18.7 million to 29.6 million in that period.
2017 marks its seventh consecutive year of growth, coinciding with what Tourism Ireland has said was a record year for overseas visitors.
Some 10.65 million tourists came to the island in 2017, it has said.
“The continued growth at Dublin Airport is fantastic news for the Irish economy," commented Dublin Airport's managing Director, Vincent Harrison. "Increased air connectivity boosts tourism, trade and foreign direct investment."
Last year, short-haul traffic rose by 4pc to 25.3 million at Dublin, while long-haul passenger numbers increased by 19pc to 4.3 million.
2017 saw an increase of almost 1.7m passengers on the previous year.
Transatlantic passenger numbers alone jumped by 20pc - with 1.8 million passengers using the airport as a hub for connecting flights.
14 new services were introduced last year, with more to follow in 2018 - including new Aer Lingus routes to Seattle and Philadelphia, and Ireland's first ever direct flight to the Asia Pacific region (a Cathay Pacific service to Hong Kong).
Dublin Airport now has flights to 191 destinations in 42 countries, it says - making it the 11th largest airport within the European Union.