A record 1.2 million Northern Ireland residents used Dublin Airport during 2015 – an increase of 37% on the previous year.
Dublin Airport also set a new record as a gateway to Northern Ireland for overseas visitors last year, as an estimated 1 million overseas residents used Dublin Airport to travel to and from Northern Ireland.
The significant increase in Northern Ireland passengers choosing to use Dublin Airport was partly due to a further expanded route network with 23 new services and extra capacity on 40 existing routes last year.
“Passengers from Northern Ireland love the choice, convenience and value that Dublin Airport offers with its extensive long-haul and short-haul route network and high frequency connections to a huge number of destinations,” said Dublin Airport’s Chief Communications Officer Paul O’Kane.
“Our surveys also show that Northern Ireland passengers are impressed with the quality of the passenger experience and the facilities at Dublin Airport.”
He added: “The additional routes provided at Dublin Airport are bringing increased numbers of overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, and also expanding the choice and convenience for Northern Ireland residents.”
Half of Northern Ireland residents used Dublin Airport for holiday trips, with 26% flying from Dublin on their main holiday and a further 24% using Dublin for an extra holiday. Business travel accounted for 11% of trips and 20% of passengers were visiting friends or relatives.
The UK continued to be the most popular country destination, followed by the United States, Spain, Germany and France.
London Heathrow was the most popular single destination, followed by New York JFK, Dubai, Brussels, and Paris Charles De Gaulle. Short-haul services from Dublin to Britain and to continental Europe accounted for 8 of the top 10 routes for Northern Ireland consumers last year.