18m passengers use Dublin Airport in first half of year as July breaks records

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Dublin Airport has had the busiest month in its 78-year history with over 3.3m passengers in July. Passenger numbers are up 7pc compared to last July as Dublin Airport, with more than 100,000 passengers travelling every day during the month.
Almost 200,000 passengers used Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect onward to another destination in July, which was a 26pc increase on July 2017. So far this year, transfer passenger numbers have increased by 17pc to more than 952,000.
Dublin Airport recently opened a new €16m facility for transferring passengers. Situated beside Pier 4 close to Terminal 2, the new building can handle four times more connecting passengers than before, according to Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

New transfer facility at Dublin Airport

New transfer facility at Dublin Airport

“We have been growing Dublin Airport as a connecting gateway between Europe and North America steadily over the past five years and this new transfer facility will help us to further expand that business.” Mr Harrison said.
The number of passengers transferring at Dublin Airport has increased from 550,000 in 2013 to almost 1.6m passengers last year. The new three-story facility comprises airline information desks, boarding card checkpoints, immigration and customs facilities for transfer passengers to complete a one-stop flight connection process within Pier 4. It also accommodates an additional access route for passengers bussed from other areas of the airport.
Meanwhile, passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 6pc in July, with more than 1.8 million passengers travelling to European destinations.
British traffic increased by 3pc, as more than 919,000 passengers travelled. The number of passengers travelling to and from North America increased by 15pc, with almost 463,000 passengers taking transatlantic flights to and from Dublin last month.
Other international traffic, principally to the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia Pacific region increased by 19pc, with almost 109,000 passengers travelling these routes in July. Domestic passengers increased by 10pc to just over 11,000 in July.
In all, over 18m passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport between January and July, which is a 6pc increase over the same period last year. More than one million additional passengers have been welcomed during the first seven months of the year.

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