Dublin Airport Records Busiest July On Record
Following its busiest June ever, Dublin Airport welcomed more than 3.1 million passengers in July, which was a new monthly record for the airport and a 6% increase on the same period last year.
July was also the first time in the airport’s 77-year history that more than three million passengers have been facilitated in a single month.
A total of 3,121,469 passengers used the airport last month, which was more than the airport’s annual passenger traffic for 1986. More than 16.9 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first seven months of the year, which is a 6% increase on the same period last year. Despite welcoming almost 980,000 extra passengers during the first seven months of the year, Dublin Airport has improved its on time performance by 2% so far this year.
“This is a major milestone for Dublin Airport and for the Irish economy,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison. “Growing passenger numbers means additional jobs at the airport, and at businesses throughout the country that benefit from growing tourism and additional trade and investment.”
Dublin Airport supports or facilitates 117,300 jobs in the Irish economy and is the largest economic engine in the State. About 20,000 of those jobs have been created over the past four years and are linked to the significant growth in Dublin Airport’s passenger numbers during that period.
The growth in passenger numbers at the airport has also played a significant role in delivering a record performance for Irish tourism this year, according to Harrison. “The record visitor numbers for the first half of this year are being driven by passenger growth at Dublin Airport, with the new routes and additional capacity provided by our airline partners facilitating the growth in tourists so far this year.”
Dublin Airport is continuing a significant investment programme to upgrade and expand the airport to cope with growing passenger numbers. Harrison revealed, “We’re investing about €100 million per year in new facilities for our airline customers and passengers.”