Dublin Airport welcomed its 20th million passenger yesterday, when the passenger walked through the arrival doors of the terminal. This is first time since 2009 that the 20 million milestone has been passed.
Roma Chang from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, landed just before 10am onboard United Airlines flight UA126 from Washington DC. She was greeted with flowers, champagne and a celebratory gift holiday voucher for €3,000, while the Dublin Airport Police & Fire Service Band rapturously played ‘Congratulations’.
“I am overwhelmed and completely surprised; this is a fantastic way to be greeted on arrival at Dublin Airport,” said Roma.
The morning’s celebration was further enhanced with the news that an extra one million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport during 2013.
The surge in passenger numbers during the year was due to a number of factors. Airlines added significant extra capacity at Dublin this year – particularly on transatlantic routes, transfer traffic at Dublin expanded rapidly during the year, there was growth in traffic to the Middle East and Europe, and The Gathering brought an additional marketing push for the inbound leisure sector.
Transatlantic traffic led the way during 2013, as Dublin Airport has seen a record number of transatlantic passengers this year. More than 1.8 million passengers have already flown between Dublin and destinations in North America this year, which beats the previous all-time record of 1.79 million, set during the economic boom of 2008.
The number of available seats on flights between Dublin and North America increased by more than 20% during 2013, and demand for the additional capacity was very strong.
“Dublin Airport has had an excellent year in passenger numbers terms,” said Kevin Toland, DAA Chief Executive. “We are up almost 6% for the year, which is our third consecutive year of passenger growth at Dublin.”
He added that it was particularly significant that the airport is now enjoying a sustained period of expansion in passenger numbers. “Dublin Airport has had 16 consecutive months of traffic growth and has outperformed the European average in each of the past 14 months,” he said.
“Passenger growth is expected to continue into next year because we already have 15 new services confirmed for Dublin Airport in 2014, as our airline partners launch new routes to North America and Europe.”
Annual passenger numbers at Dublin Airport peaked at just under 23.5 million in 2008 and fell back to 18.4 million in 2010, before beginning to grow again. At the peak of the boom in 2008, Dublin Airport’s passenger numbers included almost 850,000 passengers taking domestic flights within the Republic of Ireland.
New Routes for 2014:
Aer Lingus San Franciso, Toronto, Hanover, and Pula
Air Canada Rouge Toronto
Ryanair Lisbon, Prague, Bucharest, Basel, Marrakech, Almeria, Bari, Chania, Comiso
WestJet St Johns (Newfoundland)