Dublin Airport DUB+ Inspirefest Cathay Pacific

Future Factory’s Honest Eats Mini Hack With Marqette

Dublin Airport DUB+ Inspirefest Cathay Pacific

Inspirefest, Europe’s leading annual sci-tech conference and festival, which brings together some of the brightest minds in science and technology, took place over two days last week at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre attended by some 3,000 leaders, entrepreneurs, technology professionals, researchers and academics.

This year, the Future Factory at Dublin Airport called on Inspirefest attendees to participate in an exciting mini-hack with their award-winning food and beverage partners, Marqette.

Entrants had the opportunity to make an impact in food tech and have their ideas brought to life as part of a real-life project, Honest Eats which is a new honesty-based food and beverage take-away offer currently being trialled at Dublin Airport.

Over the two days, we saw eight finalists battle it out for the overall prize of two return tickets from our airline partner Cathay Pacific, now flying direct from Dublin Airport to Hong Kong four times weekly.

The winner of the Honest Eats mini-hack for the best concept was Kathryn Parkes who was presented with her prize by Keith Harrison, Sales Manager for Cathay Pacific.

Kathryn wants to make honesty fun with Tap Tap, an animated dancer who taps when you tap and the more taps tapped the more Tap Tap taps….so watch this space!

To check out some of the highlights from Inspirefest 2018, click here.

Below is an Honest Eats fridge installed at the Marqette outlet in Terminal 1, Dublin Airport.

Dublin Airport DUB+ Honest Eats Kiosk

Pictured in first image above: Keith Harrison, Sales Manager, Cathay Pacific, Kathryn Parkes, winner of the Honest Eats mini-hack and Grainne Morrison from the Future Factory at Dublin Airport.

25th June 2018

DUB+ Dublin Airport Paddy's Weekend

Busy St. Patricks Bank Holiday Weekend Ahead

DUB+ Dublin Airport Paddy's Weekend
Almost one third of a million passengers will pass through Dublin Airport over the St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend.

The airport is expecting more than 323,000 passengers to arrive and depart from Friday 16 to Monday March 19, which is a 3% increase compared to last year.
Passengers will be arriving for the St Patrick’s Festival celebrations, and travelling to and from the Six Nations rugby game in Twickenham.

A variety of musical entertainment is scheduled for passengers flying in for St. Patrick’s Day, with singing from Portmarnock Community School students, Mary Queen of Ireland National School and the Home Farm Monday Club Choir.

Both terminals have been festooned with decorations to celebrate Ireland’s national day, and the airport is again taking part in the Global Greening initiative.
External Communications Manager, Siobhan O’Donnell said that “Ten separate areas around the airport campus are going green, including Terminal 1 and 2 and also the airport’s iconic original 1940s passenger terminal.”

She added: “This is our fifth year to participate in the Global Greening and we’re greening even more locations around the airport campus this year to bring the St. Patrick’s Festival to life.”

16th March 2018

Dublin Airport DUB+ passengers

Dublin Airport Passengers Numbers Up 5%

Dublin Airport DUB+ passengers

Passenger traffic for the first two months of the year is already running 5% ahead of the same period in 2017.

The latest monthly traffic figures show that the airport had its busiest February on record, handling 1.8 million customers, a 3% increase over February of last year.

The February numbers would have been even higher but for the impact of adverse weather at Dublin and at other European airports during the month.
In all, more than 3.8 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport during January and February, which is a 5% increase on the first two months of 2017.

February passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 4%, with more than 890,000 people travelling.
UK traffic declined by 2% compared to February 2017 with almost 737,000 passengers travelling. Passenger volumes to and from North America grew by 20% to more than 152,000.

Other international traffic, mostly to and from the Middle East increased by 11% to more than 61,000 passengers in February.
Over 8,000 passengers took domestic flights to and from Dublin representing an 18% increase over February 2017.
The number of transferring passengers who used Dublin Airport to connect to another destination increased by 11% to more than 65,000 during the month.

So far this year, more than 152,000 passengers have connected through the airport, an increase of 10% on the same period last year.

15th March 2018

Dublin Airport DUB+ NCAD partnership launch

Dublin Airport Launches Partnership With NCAD

Dublin Airport DUB+ NCAD partnership launch

Dublin Airport has agreed a new partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin aimed at bringing an enhanced public art programme to the airport.

The two-year Creative Journeys partnership will enable NCAD students, past and present, to showcase their ideas and work to an international audience, and will provide Dublin Airport passengers with a unique perspective into contemporary Irish art.

Supported by Business to Arts, this new partnership will deliver a full public art programme at Dublin Airport over the next two years.
Seven sites have been chosen across the airport campus to host works within Creative Journeys. The sites are located in landside and airside areas to allow both departing and arriving passengers to view the works of art. This will enable members of the public who are at the airport but not travelling to view some of the installations.

The first art work within the Creative Journeys programme will be installed later this month and during the two-year programme each location will house several different works of art.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison commenting on the launch said “Providing a world-class passenger experience is a constant goal at Dublin Airport and the visual environment at the airport plays a key role in this.”
He added: “Dublin Airport provides the first welcome and last goodbye to the island of Ireland for tens of millions of people every year, and Creative Journeys will provide a wonderful showcase opportunity for the creative talents of talented NCAD artists and graduates based here and who are inspired by their surroundings on a daily basis.”

NCAD Director Sarah Glennie said of the partnership: “Ireland’s creative sector represents an ambitious and internationally connected wealth of talent and NCAD is delighted to be able to give visitors to Dublin Airport an opportunity to experience at first hand work by our emerging creative practitioners.”

Image above: Business to Arts Chief Executive Andrew Hetherington, NCAD Director Sarah Glennie and Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison pictured at the launch of Creative Journeys and seen through Isabel Nolan’s Turning Point sculpture at Terminal 2

15th March 2018

Dublin Airport Record Year

New Passenger Record for Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport Record Year

2017 was another record breaking year for Dublin Airport with 29.6 million passengers travelling through the airport last year, representing a 6% increase in passenger numbers and the seventh consecutive year of growth.

A significant increase in long-haul traffic, and a robust performance from continental European routes were the main contributing factors to this growth.

About 27.8 million passengers started or ended their journey at Dublin last year, while a further 1.8m passengers used Dublin Airport as a hub.

Dublin Airport has flights to 191 destinations in 42 countries operated by 47 airlines and is now the 11th largest airport within the European Union.

Short-haul traffic increased by 4% to 25.3 million, while long-haul passenger numbers increased by 19% to 4.3 million. Dublin Airport beat its previous passenger record, which was set in 2016, by almost 1.7 million.

Commenting on last year’s performance, Dublin Airport’s Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “The continued growth at Dublin Airport is fantastic news for the Irish economy. Increased air connectivity boosts tourism, trade and foreign direct investment. Last year’s record performance for visitor numbers across the island of Ireland was underpinned by the growth in passenger numbers at Dublin.” 

Since 2011, annual passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have increased by 58% from 18.7 million to 29.6 million. The vast bulk of the growth has occurred in the past four years with passenger traffic increasing by 47% between 2014 and 2017.

The growth in traffic in 2017 came from a combination of 14 new services introduced during the year, and extra capacity on 39 existing routes.

According to Mr Harrison “We saw growth from all of our major airline customers during the year”.

He added “We are focused on attracting new airlines to Dublin and also on helping our existing airlines to grow their business here.” 

The European market delivered the largest growth in volume terms during 2017. Passenger traffic to and from continental Europe, which is Dublin Airport’s largest market segment, increased by 7% to a record 15.2 million in 2017. About 940,000 additional people took flights between Dublin and continental European destinations last year.

Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, KLM, Norwegian and Ryanair all increased capacity on existing European routes, and there were also new services to destinations such as Munich, Naples, Split, Stuttgart and Stockholm.

Traffic between Dublin and British airports increased by 1% to just under 10 million last year, which was also a new record. The impact of weaker Sterling following the Brexit vote in the UK contributed to a decline in British originating traffic last year, but this was more than offset by an increase in both Irish outbound business and transfer traffic to the UK.

Transatlantic traffic was the fastest-growing segment of the market for the second year in a row. Transatlantic passenger numbers increased by 20% last year to almost 3.5 million – the first time that more than 3 million passengers have taken transatlantic flights to and from Dublin Airport in a single year.

Last year Dublin Airport welcomed new transatlantic services from Aer Lingus (Miami), Delta (Boston), and Norwegian (Stewart New York and Boston Providence). There was also increased capacity on flights to and from Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and Washington DC.

“Dublin Airport is now a significant player in the transatlantic market and we saw strong growth in both point-to-point and connecting traffic to and from North America during 2017” Mr Harrison said.

He further added “We’re expecting further transatlantic growth this year with new Aer Lingus routes to Philadelphia and Seattle, a new Air Canada service to Montreal, and expansions to some existing North American routes.”

Passenger traffic to other international destinations, including the Middle East and Africa, increased by 14% to almost 850,000 last year. Qatar Airways launched a new Dublin-Doha service last June, while Etihad returned to double-daily on its Abu Dhabi service, and Ethiopian expanded its Dublin-Addis Ababa route.

This year will see Dublin Airport welcome its first direct service to Asia Pacific as Cathay Pacific launches its new Dublin-Hong Kong service in June.

The number of passengers transferring at Dublin Airport increased by 35% last year to a record 1.6 million, as the airport continued to strengthen its position as a significant gateway for air travel between Europe and North America.

A further 200,000 passengers transited through Dublin – i.e. passed through Dublin but didn’t change flights – on services between the US and Africa. This means that 1.8 million passengers who used Dublin Airport last year didn’t leave the airside area.

Dublin Airport is one of the most important economic assets in the country. It supports or facilitates 117,300 jobs and contributes €8.3 billion annually to the national economy.

Dublin Airport Passengers 2017

Route Sector Passengers (M) Percentage Increase
Continental Europe 15.2 7%
UK 10 1%
Transatlantic 3.5 20%
Other International 0.85 14%
Domestic 0.09 1%
Total 29.6 6%


Dublin Airport Key 2017 Stats:

  • Top 5 destinations: London, Amsterdam, Manchester, New York, Birmingham
  • Busiest Day: June 30 – 108,000 passengers
  • Average of 81,000 passengers per day
  • Busiest Month: July – 3.12 million passengers
  • Quietest Month: February – 1.79 million passenger
  • Two new airlines – Air Arabia Maroc & Qatar Airways
  • 14 new routes
  • Extra capacity on 39 existing services


23rd January 2018


Dublin Airport DUB+ Christmas

Dublin Airport is expecting its busiest Christmas on record

Dublin Airport DUB+ Christmas

More than 1 million passengers are expected to arrive and depart over the festive season, which means this will be the busiest Christmas on record for Dublin Airport.

From Friday, December 22 to Friday, January 5, 2018 an expected 1,021,250 people will travel through Dublin Airport. The numbers travelling this year are up 2% compared to the same period last year.

Commenting on the passenger traffic over Christmas, Dublin Airport’s spokesperson, Siobhán O’Donnell said that “Friday, December 22 is expected to be the busiest day before Christmas, with almost 85,000 passengers due to arrive and depart through both terminals, while Friday, December 29 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”

She also added that “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 has 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 Failte 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 over 100,000 led lights, which use significantly less electricity than traditional lighting, more than 100 Christmas trees, 500 snowflakes/stars and 20 festive displays.

To join in the festive spirit, Ryan Tubridy’s RTE Radio One programme and 2FM’s Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene will broadcast live from the airport on Friday, December 22 from 9am and 10am respectively.

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 including the airport’s emergency fire services.

Flight operations will cease on Christmas Eve after the last flight departs at 23.10 to Chisinau with Air Moldova and will resume on St. Stephen’s Day when Aer Lingus’ EI 104 from New York lands at 5am.

22nd December 2017

Dublin Airport DUB+ British Airways Manchester

British Airways to launch new Dublin-Manchester route

Dublin Airport DUB+ British Airways Manchester

Dublin Airport welcomes the announcement from British Airways that it is to launch a new weekly service from Dublin to Manchester from May 2018.

The airline also announced that it is to increase frequency on its Dublin to London City route from 32 to 36 flights per week.

Welcoming the announcement Dublin Airport Managing Director said “I am delighted to see British Airways expand its route network at Dublin Airport. I have no doubt that this route with be hugely popular for both Irish and UK passengers.”

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: “The new Embraer 190 jets will be a welcome addition to our fleet as we continue to grow our route network and frequencies both from our home base at London City and from other UK regional airports.”

Dublin Airport has welcomed over 27.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of the year, a 6% increase over the same period last year.

More than 1.6 million extra passengers have travelled through the airport between January and November.

15th December 2017

Dublin Airport DUB+ 2017 Busiest Ever Year In Irish Airspace - IAA

2017 Busiest Ever Year In Irish Airspace – IAA

Dublin Airport DUB+ 2017 Busiest Ever Year In Irish Airspace - IAA

The Irish Aviation Authority has said 2017 will be the busiest ever year in Irish airspace.

With a little over a fortnight to go, the IAA says it will have safely and effectively managed over 1.15 million flights by year end – some 3% more than in 2016.

According to the IAA Chief Executive Designate Peter Kearney “Air traffic has expanded again this year on top of the 8% expansion last year, driven by very strong lifts at both Dublin Airport and through Irish airspace on flights between Europe and North America”.

“Dublin Airport handles about 85% of all flights in and out of Ireland and we are projecting an increase of about 4% for the full year 2017 to around 215,000 commercial movements. We’ve started work on the construction of a new Visual Control Tower at Dublin Airport so that the IAA is ready to support the ATC operational requirements for the new parallel runway in the years ahead.”

“Both Cork and Dublin are expected to handle a similar number of aircraft movements to last year – both around 20,000 commercial movements – and they’ve both expanded their route networks in 2017.”

He further added: “Traffic between Europe and North America is continuing to expand and we expect it to be around 5% this year. It’s a strong indicate of the level of economic demand between Europe and the USA.”

14 December 2017

Dublin Airport DUB+ November Record

Dublin Airport Records Highest Ever November Passenger Numbers

Dublin Airport DUB+ November Record

More than 2.1 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last month, making it the busiest November in the airport’s history. Passenger numbers were up 7% during the month.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 8% with more than 992,000 people travelling to European destinations during the month.

UK traffic remained static with over 833,000 passengers travelling to and from UK destinations in November.

Transatlantic volumes increased by 23% with more than 238,000 passengers travelling to and from North America during the month.

Other international passenger traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East, grew by 17% with almost 64,000 passengers travelling this route sector in November.

Passenger numbers on domestic flights rose by 3%, with almost 7,000 travelling on domestic routes during the month.

Dublin Airport has welcomed over 27.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of the year, a 6% increase over the same period last year.

More than 1.6 million extra passengers have travelled through the airport between January and November.

Over 1.4 million passengers chose Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination, a 36% increase between January and November.

8th December 2017

Dublin Airport DUB+ Stuttgard Ryanair Launch

Dublin Airport Welcomes New Ryanair Service To Stuttgart

Dublin Airport DUB+ Stuttgard Ryanair Launch

Dublin Airport welcomes the launch of Ryanair’s new year-round, daily service to Stuttgart from today.

The new service is Ryanair’s eight German destination from Dublin Airport.

Welcoming the new service Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted to see Ryanair going from strength to strength expanding its route network from Dublin Airport.”

He added “Ryanair is now flying to 70 destinations from Dublin Airport this winter and this new route to Stuttgart provides further travel options and flexibility for business and leisure customers.”

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Executive, Lauren Hennessy said “We are very pleased to celebrate our inaugural flight from Dublin to Stuttgart. Irish customers and visitors can now choose from 70 Dublin routes, including three new services to Naples, Munich and Stuttgart.”

Ryanair recently launched services to Munich and Naples and the airline will operate new summer services to Paphos in Cyrus and Marrakech in Morocco in 2018.

More than 25.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first ten months of the year, which is a 6% increase on the same period in 2016.

Dublin Airport welcomed an additional 1.4 million passengers between January and October and now has direct flights to more than 185 destinations in 41 countries operated by a total of 47 airlines.

Pictured above from left to right at the launch today; Brian Gallagher of Dublin Airport, Ryanair cabin crew members and Laura Hennessy of Ryanair.

23rd November 2017