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Thursday 21 November 2019

Up, up and away as 3.2 million use airport in June

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport

More than 3.2 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in June, making it the busiest June in the airport's 79-year history.

The numbers were up 4pc on the same month last year. Passenger numbers to and from continental Europe grew by 5pc, with more than 1.7 million passengers taking flights.

British traffic increased by 1pc when compared to June last year as almost 879,000 passengers flew to and from British airports.

Transatlantic traffic increased by 5pc, with more than 469,000 passengers travelling between Dublin and North America last month.

Aer Lingus has begun operating a number of new routes to America in recent times, including Minneapolis-St Paul, its 16th transatlantic route. Last year, the airline began flying routes to Philadelphia and Seattle.

Other international traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia Pacific region, grew by 4pc as 95,000 passengers travelled to and from these destinations in the same month.

Gateway

More than 15.5 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first six months of the year, representing a 6pc increase compared with the same period last year. Dublin Airport has handled almost 875,000 additional passengers in the first six months of the year, and handled 31.5 million passengers in total last year.

Almost 846,000 passengers chose the capital's airport as a gateway to connect onward to another destination between January and June, a 12pc increase when compared to the same period last year.

However, it's not all good news on the flying front, as the number of passengers on domestic flights declined by 19pc in June, with more than 9,500 people taking flights within the Republic last month.

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