More than 2.7m passengers passed through Dublin Airport in September. It’s a jump of 6pc, making it the September in the airport’s 77-year history.
But the growth is down on last year’s rise of 11pc, in part due to the continued downturn in the British market. That market saw a 10pc increase in 2016 – now it’s down 1pc, to 813,000 passengers. The loss, blamed on Brexit and the weakness of sterling, has been offset to a degree by the 19pc rise on transatlantic routes (377,000 passengers), which increased by just 16pc in 2016, and a 40pc rise in hub traffic.
Passenger numbers to and from continental Europe this year increased by 8pc with almost 1.5 million passengers travelling to European destinations during the month. The rise last year, however, was more significant at 11pc.
But the airport has seen a turnaround in the Middle East and North Africa market, with over 76,000 passengers (up 15pc compared with a 2pc drop in 2016). The number of passengers taking domestic flights fell by 2pc (unchanged on 2016), with 7,700 people travelling on domestic routes last month.
So far this year, the number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to other destinations has increased by 40pc, with almost 1.2m passengers connecting at the airport between January and September.
In total, more than 22.7m (up 1.3m) passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first nine months of the year, a 6pc increase when compared to the same period last year, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said.
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