Airport 11th biggest in Europe and still growing
Dublin Airport was the 11th largest airport in the European Union last year, according to new data from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.
Dublin Airport welcomed almost 31.5 million passengers last year and is building towards expanding to 40 million passengers a year.
Already, the figures show that more than five times the population of the island of Ireland passed through the airport during 2018.
The new ACI data for passenger numbers across Europe shows that Dublin Airport is the now the 11th largest airport within the European Union and the 15th largest airport in Europe.
London Heathrow was the European Union's largest airport last year, followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt and Madrid.
'Dublin Airport has grown in recent to become a significant player in the European aviation market,' said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
'This added scale is good news for the economy throughout the island, as it enables Dublin Airport to compete at a higher level with other major airports to win new business and boost Ireland's overall connectivity,' he added.
The new statistics released by ACI Europe today also show that Dublin Airport was one of the fastest-growing large airports in Europe in the second half of last year.
'Eight years of consecutive passenger growth at Dublin Airport has had a hugely positive impact on Irish tourism, trade and foreign direct investment,' according to Mr Harrison.
He said: 'To help meet the challenges of that growth and allow Dublin Airport to expand to handle 40 million passengers per year, we're now planning a very significant investment programme to build a new runway, additional boarding gate areas, new aircraft parking stands and a wide range of other facilities.'
The heart of the plan is a €900 million capacity expansion programme and it also includes a €200 million investment in airfield works and an annual spend of about €120 on repair and maintenance and revenue generating projects.
The daa say that all of these major investments will be made at no cost to the Exchequer, as daa is not funded by the State.