Dublin Airport Passengers Up 6% to 20.2m in 2013

Dublin Airport Passengers Up 6% to 20.2m in 2013

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 6% to 20.2 million last year, as an extra 1.1 million people used the airport.Dublin Airport T2

The significant growth in passenger numbers was led by a record-breaking performance on transatlantic traffic, which saw a 13% increase during 2013.

As a result of the strong growth in passenger numbers, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is paying a €5.6 million rebate in airport charges to a total of 40 airlines that increased their business at Dublin Airport during 2013.

“Dublin Airport had an excellent performance last year,” said Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director. “Passenger numbers increased across all areas of the business and Dublin Airport’s growth outperformed the European average in every month of 2013.”

He added that the performance of the transatlantic market was particularly pleasing last year. “We saw a record 1.9 million people flying between Dublin and North America last year, as our airline customers added extra capacity to existing routes and we also saw the start of a new daily American Airlines service to JFK in New York.”

Long-haul traffic to the Middle East grew by just over 13% last year and passenger numbers travelling to and from Dublin Airport’s largest markets of Europe and the UK also increased. Transfer traffic saw strong growth during 2013, as transfer passengers increased by 36% to almost 550,000.

Last year was Dublin Airport’s third successive year of growth and the airport’s busiest year since 2009. This year is expected to bring further growth, according to Vincent Harrison. “We are very positive about 2014, as we already have 16 new services scheduled and significant expansions of some existing services have also been announced.”

Aer Lingus is launching services to San Francisco, Toronto, Hanover and Pula; Ryanair will have nine new services including Lisbon, Prague, Bucharest, Basel, Marrakech, and Almeria; Canadian airline WestJet will have a new route from Dublin to St John’s, Newfoundland; and Air Canada rouge will operate its new Dublin – Toronto service.

Under its Growth Incentive Scheme, which has operated since 2011, DAA pays an airport charges rebate to each airline that increases its passenger numbers at Dublin during the year. Airlines that increased passenger numbers at Dublin Airport last year and are being paid rebates under the scheme include: Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Ryanair, SAS, Tarom, and United.

This is the third successive year of Growth Scheme payments at Dublin Airport and, during that period, DAA has rebated a total of €8.6 million in airport charges to its airline customers. “This incentive scheme was designed to encourage growth in passenger numbers and we are delighted to have paid a rebate in each of the three years it has operated,” added Vincent Harrison.

DAA has recently decided to renew the Growth Incentive Scheme for a further three years up to 2016. The new scheme will apply to all scheduled airlines using Dublin Airport, and will operate alongside DAA’s existing route incentive schemes.

Dublin Airport – New Services For 2014

Destination Airline
Almeria   (Spain) Ryanair
Bari   (Italy) Ryanair
Basel   (Switzerland) Ryanair
Bucharest   (Romania) Ryanair
Chania   (Crete) Ryanair
Comiso   (Sicily) Ryanair
Hanover   (Germany) Aer Lingus
Lisbon   (Portugal) Ryanair
Luxembourg   (Luxembourg) Luxair
Marrakech   (Morocco) Ryanair
Prague   (Czech Republic) Ryanair
Pula   (Croatia) Aer Lingus
San Francisco   (USA) Aer Lingus
St Johns   (Canada) WestJet
Toronto   (Canada) Aer Lingus
Toronto   (Canada) Air Canada rouge


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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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