Dublin Airport handled more than 3.1 million passengers in July – the busiest month in its 77-year history.
This is the first time that Dublin Airport has exceeded 3 million passengers in a single month. The 6% monthly increase means that more people used the airport in July than during all of 1986.
“This is a major milestone for Dublin Airport and for the Irish economy,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “Growing passenger numbers means additional jobs at the airport, and at businesses throughout the country that benefit from growing tourism and additional trade and investment.”
Despite welcoming almost 980,000 extra passengers during the first seven months of 2017, Dublin Airport has improved its on time performance by 2% so far this year.
Vincent Harrison said the growth in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport has also played a significant role in delivering a record performance for Irish tourism this year.
“The record visitor numbers for the first half of this year are being driven by passenger growth at Dublin Airport, with the new routes and additional capacity provided by our airline partners facilitating the growth in tourists so far this year.”
Dublin Airport is continuing a significant investment programme to upgrade and expand the airport to cope with growing passenger numbers. “We’re investing about €100 million per year in new facilities for our airline customers and passengers,” he added.
The July passenger numbers also set new records in a number of areas. The number of passengers travelling to and from continental Europe increased by 7% to more than 1.7 million, which was a new high.
UK traffic was flat compared to July last year, as almost 896,000 passengers took flights to and from the UK in June. The number of the UK trips to Dublin fell during the month, but this was offset by an increase in the number of outbound trips to the UK.
Transatlantic traffic increased by 18% in July to a new record, with more than 404,000 people travelling on flights between Dublin and North America.
Traffic on other international routes, which includes flights to the Middle East and North Africa, increased by 8% with more than 91,000 passengers travelling to and from these locations.
The number of passengers on domestic flights, increased by 22% with more than 10,000 people taking flights within the Republic of Ireland.
Almost 158,000 passengers used Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect onward to another destination in July – a 30% increase. So far this year, transfer passenger numbers have increased by 42% to just over 812,000.
15 August 2017