Saturday 24 March 2018

Dublin Airport counts over a million Christmas customers

Over one million passengers passed through Dublin Airport over the Christmas season
Over one million passengers passed through Dublin Airport over the Christmas season

Dublin Airport had its busiest Christmas season on record this year, as just over one million people arrived and departed during the festive season.

From Friday, December 22 to Friday, January 5, 2018 an estimated 1,021,250 people travelled through Dublin Airport.

The numbers travelling this year were up 2% compared to the same period last year.

This was the busiest Christmas in the airport's 77-year history, according to Dublin Airport spokesperson, Siobhán O'Donnell.

Ms O'Donnell said: 'Friday, December 22 was the busiest day before Christmas, with almost 85,000 passengers arriving and departing through both terminals, while Friday, December 29 was to the busiest day after Christmas, particularly with passengers heading to winter sun and skiing destinations.'

Dublin Airport is a truly magical place at Christmas time with many wonderful, emotional family reunions at arrivals in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2,' O'Donnell added.

She said: 'Over the years we have had a number of Christmas marriage proposals, and every year we have grandparents seeing their grandchildren in the flesh for the first time - whether that be Irish emigrants returning home or people from overseas visiting their family here. Increasingly, those waiting to meet their loved ones at Dublin Airport are entering into the spirit of Christmas by dressing up and making signs to welcome family and friends.'

Dublin Airport saw almost 1,000 performers from local schools and choirs singing in both terminals in the days leading up to Christmas bringing a true Cead Mile Fáilte to the many people coming home for the Christmas Holidays and to those visiting Ireland from overseas for the holiday season.

Fingal Independent