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Dublin And Cork Airports Hosted 2.66m Passengers In March

By Dave Simpson
Dublin And Cork Airports Hosted 2.66m Passengers In March

March was another record month at both Cork and Dublin airports, with 181,000 passengers and 2.48 million travelling through each airport, respectively, according to the airports' operator, DAA.


Cork Airport is set to welcome a total of 2.5 million passengers over the course of the full year.

March passenger figures at Cork Airport reflect a 10.4% increase on the same period last year and a 4.6% increase on March 2019.

Meanwhile, a total of 2.48 million passengers went through Dublin Airport in March. That was 30,000 passengers higher than the number that went through in the previous busiest March in 2019 and 33% higher than in March 2022. This is the third consecutive month of record passenger numbers at the country's biggest airport.

During the month there was a total of 1.23 million arriving passengers at Dublin Airport and 1.25 million departing passengers.


The March figures mean that 6.65 million passengers went through Dublin Airport in the first three months of 2023, which is 102% of 2019 levels.

Deputy managing director at Cork Airport Roy O'Driscoll said, "March was once again a tremendously busy month at Cork Airport. Last month’s passenger numbers contributed to a great Q1, with over half a million people flying to and from Cork Airport since January. This represents a 5% increase in passengers versus Q1, 2019."

"With the recent start of our summer schedule, Cork Airport is gearing up for a very busy summer season ahead. We expect to welcome 2.5 million passengers across the full year, and we are well on track to meet that target," O'Driscoll said.

"Leisure demand was extremely strong, with many passengers taking the opportunity to fly to the UK and continental Europe for city breaks, ski and sun holidays in Q1, 2023," he added.

March In Numbers

March 2023 In Numbers At DAA's Irish Airports
Cork Airport Dublin Airport
Number of Passengers 181,000 Number of Passengers 2,480,000
Number of Flights 2,669 Number of Flights 18,605
Through Security in <20 mins 99% Through Security in <20 mins 89.4%
Busiest Day for Travel Friday March 31 – 8,357 Busiest Day for Travel Sunday March 19 – 101,637
Busiest Destination London Heathrow Busiest Destination London Heathrow
Top-selling brand in The Loop Clarins Top-selling brand in The Loop Charlotte Tilbury
Most popular cosmetics brand sold Clarins Bottles of perfume sold: 50,000 50,000
Most popular brand of whiskey sold  Midleton Very Rare Bottles of whiskey sold 50,000
Best-selling local food produce Clonakilty Sausages Number of lipsticks sold:  6,667
Flights Departing On-Time 85.8% Flights Departing On-Time 66.9%*


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