Dublin Airport Now Fastest Growing Major European Airport



Dublin Airport was the fastest growing major airport in Europe in the first six months of

this year, according to new half-year from ACI Europe.


Passenger numbers at Dublin increased by 13.4% during the first half of the year, making

it the leading performer among the top tier European airports which have more than

25 million passengers per year.

During the first six months of this year traffic at Dublin Airport grew faster than at

Barcelona’s El-Prat Airport (+12.7%) Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

(+12.0%), Copenhagen Airport (+10.9%) and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (+9.9%).


The average growth across European airports was 4.9% in the first half of the year,

with airports in the European Union reporting stronger average passenger growth of

6.2. Traffic at European airports outside the EU was almost flat in the first half,

growing by just 0.5%


“Dublin Airport had a very strong performance in the first half of this year, welcoming

just over 13 million passengers,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent



“The growth in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport is having a significant impact on

the Irish economy, bringing increased trade and investment and also driving higher

visitor numbers, which is in turn boosting the Irish tourist industry.”


He added: “The significant growth in passenger numbers meant that more than 1.5

million extra customers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first six months of the



ACI Europe said growth dynamics varied between EU countries during the first six

months. The core markets of France, Germany and Italy came in below the EU average

while Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,

Portugal, Romania and Spain all achieved double digit growth.


However, it said the pace of growth diminished between the first and the second quarter

from +8.2% to +4.8%. This affected almost all EU markets – and especially Belgium in the

wake of the Brussels terrorist attacks.


ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec said the figures revealed a severe slump in

passenger demand in the Non-EU bloc affecting mainly Turkey and Russia, as well as a

significant growth deceleration in the EU market.


“In both cases, these worrying trends are due to the impact of terrorism and accrued

geopolitical instability. Since these traffic figures do not yet reflect the full impact of the

Istanbul-Atatürk airport terrorist attack and the failed coup in Turkey, we expect a further

worsening of airport traffic performance over the summer and for the remainder of the year.


“EU airports are also likely to see a continued softening of passenger traffic on the back of

lower consumer confidence fuelled by terrorism and the decision of the UK to leave the EU,

as well as major full service airlines reining in capacity. The only positive remains the price

of oil – which should help limit the extent of capacity cuts and keep low cost carriers in

expansion mode”.