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The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said that transatlantic passenger numbers surged 13pc to 1.9m as airlines added extra capacity and services to north America.

"Passenger numbers increased across all areas of the business and Dublin Airport's growth outperformed the European average in every month of 2013," said Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison.

Traffic from Dublin to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the Gulf also climbed 13pc last year. Etihad and Emirates serve the region from Dublin. Emirates said last week that it will increase its service to Dubai from Dublin to two flights a day from later this year.

Aer Lingus is also among the airlines launching new services this year. It will restart its route between Dublin and San Francisco.


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