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Dublin Airport Passenger Numbers Up 60% Since T2 Opened in 2010

Dublin Airport Passenger Numbers Up 60% Since T2 Opened in 2010

Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 has welcomed more than 80 million passengers since it opened eight years ago on 19th November 2010 – more than 60% since T2 opened in 2010 and up a further 6% so far this year.

Home to Aer Lingus, Emirates, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Norwegian, the multi-award-winning passenger terminal facilitates flights to 94 destinations – 60 in mainland Europe, 14 in Britain, 17 in North America, one in the Middle East, and two in Ireland.

Terminal 2 was designed to improve the passenger experience at the airport and to help boost Dublin Airport’s connectivity. Long-haul connectivity has grown by more than 150% since the new terminal opened, while short-haul connectivity has increased by 51%.

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dubllin Airport, said: “Terminal 2 has been a key asset in driving connectivity and growing passenger numbers by more than 60% since 2010 and this growth stimulates tourism, trade and investment throughout the country. T2 has also helped bring significant improvements in Dublin Airport’s customer satisfaction ratings during this time.”

The advent of T2 and its US pre-clearance facility has also helped deliver a huge expansion in transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport over the past eight years. “We have worked closely with our airline partners to grow North American connectivity and to build a substantial transfer business,” added Vincent. “Dublin Airport’s transatlantic traffic has more than doubled since 2010 and Dublin is now the sixth largest gateway between Europe and North America.”

A record 3.5 million transatlantic passengers were welcomed last year and transatlantic traffic is up a further 16% so far this year. In 2010, when T2 opened, Dublin Airport had 1.5 million transatlantic passengers per year. There has also been strong growth in the airport’s transfer business. The number of connecting passengers has increased fivefold since 2010 to almost 1.6 million passengers last year.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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