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Saturday 3 December 2016

Record numbers expected at Dublin Airport over bank holiday weekend

THIS bank holiday weekend is set to be one of the busiest on record as hundreds of thousands are expected to fly in and out of the capital.
THIS bank holiday weekend is set to be one of the busiest on record as hundreds of thousands are expected to fly in and out of the capital.

THIS bank holiday weekend is set to be one of the busiest on record as hundreds of thousands are expected to fly in and out of the capital.

Dublin Airport has estimated that more than 330,000 people will use the transport hub over the next three days.

A record 2,300 flights will travel to and from the airport, making it the busiest bank holiday weekend so far this year.

Almost 6.8 million passengers have used Dublin Airport in the first four months of 2015, a 17pc increase over last year.

Foreign interest in Ireland has taken off, as it has been revealed that more than 26 million people flew in to the country last year.

Passenger numbers have increased across the board in Dublin, Donegal, Knock, Shannon and Waterford airports, with Dublin airport accounting for almost 90pc of all arrivals in 2014.

New figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there has been a 6.9pc increase in the number of people visiting our shores via aeroplane.

This compares with 31.5 million passengers in 2007, when the numbers handled by Irish airports reached a peak. The most popular place for the Irish to fly to is London, while the UK, US and Spain account for 57pc of all passengers travelling to or from Ireland.

More than 217,000 flights were handled by Ireland’s five main airports last year.

More than eight out of every 10 passengers on international flights in the five main Irish airports were travelling to or from Europe.

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