Dublin Airport On The Up & UP

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Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 15 percent to 11.5 million during the first six months of the year according to DAA.
The airport has welcomed over 1.5 million extra passengers so far in the first half of 2015.
“Dublin Airport had very strong passenger growth in the first six months of 2015 increasing by over three times the European average. The outlook for the rest of the year remains positive with 2015 on course to be the busiest in the airport’s history,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.
“The growth is due to 22 new routes/ services starting in the first half of the year as well as additional capacity on a number on existing services,” he said. With over 122 destinations to choose from, passenger traffic to and from continental Europe grew by 16 per cent in the first six months with almost 5.9 million passengers travelling.
UK passenger traffic is up 13 per cent with over 4.2 million passengers flying to and from 25 UK cities in the first six months.
Transatlantic traffic increased by 12 per cent, as just over one million people travelled between Dublin and North America during the first half of the year. This summer ten airlines are flying 328 flights to and from North America to 11 destinations in the US and four in Canada – an average of 47 flights per day.
Other international traffic, which includes flights to two destinations in the Middle East and three to African destinations rose by 33 per cent with almost 370,000 passengers flying to and from these locations.
“We welcomed six new airlines in the first six months of the year offering greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers,” Harrison added.
There was further good news for the airport, after it was announced that Dublin Airport was one of the fastest-growing airports in Europe during last May, handling 2.3 million passengers, a 12.9 per cent increase on May 2014. The number of passengers is over 20 per cent higher than in May 2013, Airports Council International (ACI) has confirmed. Dublin Airport has previously noted that 2015 was its busiest May ever in its 75-year history. The airport posted one of the biggest surges in passenger traffic during May among its peer group, which includes European airports that handle between 10 million and 25 million passengers a year.