- Europe traffic up 7pc to 1.7m
- Britain flat at 896,000 passengers, less than 0.05pc change.
- Transatlantic up 18pc to 404,000
- Middle East up 8pc to 91,000
- Domestic up 22pc to10,000
- Year to date up 6pc to 16.9m
Dublin Airport is still on course to break the 30m barrier this year, with 3.1m passengers in July, up 6pc, for a new record.
A total of 3,121,469 passengers used Dublin Airport in July, which was more than its annual passenger traffic for 1986.
To make the performance even more impressive, three of four days days over the Bank Holiday weekend last yeae fell in July, all of them are in August this year.
This means 16.9m passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first seven months of the year, which is a 6pc increase on the same period last year. Despite complaints over staffing, and welcoming almost 980,000 extra passengers during the first seven months of the year, the airport said its on time performance by 2pc so far this year.
“This is a major milestone for Dublin Airport and for the Irish economy,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “Growing passenger numbers means additional jobs at the airport, and at businesses throughout the country that benefit from growing tourism and additional trade and investment.”
He added: “The record visitor numbers for the first half of this year are being driven by passenger growth at Dublin Airport, with the new routes and additional capacity provided by our airline partners facilitating the growth in tourists so far this year.”
Dublin Airport is continuing an investment programme to upgrade and expand the airport to cope with growing passenger numbers. “We’re investing about €100mn per year in new facilities for our airline customers and passengers,” Mr Harrison said.
British traffic was flat compared to July last year, as almost 896,000 passengers took flights to and from the UK in June. The number of British trips to Dublin fell during the month, but this was offset by an increase in the number of outbound trips..
The number of passengers on domestic flights, increased by 22pc with more than 10,000 people taking flights within Ireland last month.
Almost 158,000 passengers used Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect onward to another destination in July, which was a 30pc increase. So far this year, transfer passenger numbers have increased by 42pc to just over 812,000.
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