Dublin Airport is set to break the 30m barrier – and carry 31.3m passengers this year – after it recorded a 6pc rise in traffic so far this year.
A record 2.9m passengers travelled through the airport in May, a 10pc increase over the same month last year and the 50th consecutive month of growth.
This sustained passenger growth over the past four years is the result of a combination of new airlines and route launches since 2014, said Managing Director Vincent Harrison. Dublin Airport has welcomed an extra 10m passengers, 80 new routes/services and 20 new airlines as well as extra capacity to existing services during those 50 consecutive months of growth.
Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe rose by 12pc in May, with more than 1.5m passengers travelling to European destinations last month. And the Brexit/sterling issues seem to be easing, with British traffic up 3pc on last year, and a total of 871,000 passengers travelling to and from British destinations last month.
Transatlantic traffic increased by 19pc with almost 383,000 passengers travelling in May. Other international traffic, principally to the Middle East and Africa, increased by 23pc with over 69,000 passengers travelling on these routes during May.
Passenger numbers on domestic routes increased by 27pc with more than 10,000 passengers travelling last month.
So far this year, almost 11.6 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 6pc increase (639,000 passengers) compared to the first five months of last year.
The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination has increased by 14pc this year, with almost 567,000 passengers connecting in the first five months of this year.