Dublin Airport will have its busiest Christmas season on record this year, as just over 1.1 million people are expected to arrive and depart during the festive season.
From Friday, 21 December to Friday 4 January, 2019 an expected 1,136,000 people will travel through Dublin Airport. The numbers expected to travel this year are up 8% compared to the same period last year.
This will be the busiest Christmas in the airport’s 78-year history, according to Dublin Airport spokesperson, Siobhán O’Donnell.
Ms O’Donnell said “Friday, 21 December is expected to be the busiest day before Christmas, with 94,000 passengers due to arrive and depart through both terminals, while Friday, 28 December is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas, particularly with passengers heading to winter sun and skiing destinations”.
She added “Dublin Airport is a truly magical place at Christmas time with many wonderful, emotional family reunions at arrivals in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2”.
Dublin Airport has also passed the 30 million passenger milestone in a single year for the first time in its history. Passenger numbers are up 6% so far this year, with good growth in European, transatlantic and other long-haul markets.
Over 1,600 performers from local schools and choirs singing in both terminals in the days leading up to Christmas bringing a true Ceád Míle Fáilte to the many people coming home for the Christmas Holidays and to those visiting Ireland from overseas for the holiday season.
Once again, the Dublin Airport campus and terminal buildings have been decorated to give a special atmosphere to the airport over this festive season. The terminals are decked with more than 300,000 led lights, which use significantly less electricity than traditional lighting, more than 60 Christmas trees, 500 metres of garlands, 30 Christmas wreaths and 30 festive displays.
RTE 2FM’s Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene will broadcast live from the airport on Friday, December 21 from 10am until 1pm.
Dublin Airport will close on Christmas Day – the only day on which it closes every year – however a number of staff members will remain on duty that day, including the airport’s emergency fire services.
Flight operations will cease on Christmas Eve after the last flight departs to Moscow with Aeroflot at 10pm and they will resume on St. Stephen’s Day when Aer Lingus’ EI 104 from New York lands at 5am.
19th December 2018