- Passengers by month this year:
- August – 3.2m + 6pc
- July – 3.3m, +7pc
- June – 3.1m +7pc
- May – 2.9m + 10pc
- April – 2.6m +5pc
- March – 2.3m + 3pc
- February – 1.8m +3pc
- January – 2m + 6pc
Almost 24.2m passengers have used Dublin Airport this year, with an average 6pc rise in numbers this year compared to 2017. If trends continue, the airport will handle a record 31.2m passengers this year.
It is a significant rise compared to recent years. In 2015, 25m travelled, and just 20m in 2013. The previous record – set during the Celtic Tiger years – was 23.46m back in 2008.
More than 2.9m passed through Dublin Airport last month, a 7pc increase on last year, making it the busiest September in the airport’s 78-year history.
Passenger numbers to and from continental Europe increased by 8pc with almost 1.6m passengers travelling to and from European destinations during the month. Just over, 821,000 passengers travelled to and from British destinations in September, which was a 1pc increase over the same period last year.
Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 13pc in September, as almost 426,000 passengers travelled on this route sector last month.
Almost 90,000 passengers travelled to the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific region, an increase of 18pc on 2017.
And the number of passengers taking domestic flights increased by 24pc, with more than 9,300 people travelling last month.
So far this year, the number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to other destinations has increased by 18pc, with almost 1.4m passengers connecting between January and September.