Last weekend saw record numbers of transfer passengers at Dublin Airport with 18,000 connecting between Friday, October 21 and Sunday, October 23.
On Saturday, October 22, for the first time ever, over 1,000 passengers from the first wave of transatlantic arrivals connected onwards to the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Ronan Fitzsimons, Head of Transfer Product, said the record numbers are due to additional capacity on Aer Lingus flights this year. “The new routes to LAX, Newark and Hartford, along with more flights and bigger aircraft on a number of key strategic North American routes by Aer Lingus, Air Canada and American Airlines have driven the increased numbers of connecting passengers.”
“The ability to fill this capacity, given the size of the overall market, is testament to the combination of value fares and the product proposition which Dublin Airport can offer.”
While Aer Lingus drives the majority of connecting traffic, over 1,000 passengers travelling last weekend used a number of other airlines including United, Etihad and British Airways.
Connecting passenger numbers from non-Aer Lingus carriers have grown 66% so far in October versus the same month in 2015.
Last week was the busiest week ever for connecting traffic with numbers 89% ahead of the same week last year and exceeding total traffic for 2015.