July 10 2007
Passenger throughput at Dublin Airport exceeded 10.8 million for the
first six months of the year, an 11% increase over the same period last
year according to figures released by the Dublin Airport Authority.
Almost 1.1 million additional passengers were facilitated during the
first six months of the year equating to an average 6,000 extra
passengers every day in 2007.
Passenger traffic to/from continental Europe rose by 22% with over
5.4 million passengers travelling during the first six months of the
UK traffic remained static with over 4.2 million passengers travelling this route sector.
The number of passengers travelling on domestic routes to/from Dublin
Airport rose by 8% to over 412,000 while passenger volumes to/from
North America recorded a 4% increase with 608,000 passengers travelling
State side from January to June this year.
Other international passenger traffic to the Middle-East (Dubai and
Bahrain), northern Africa (Sharm El Sheik) and South Africa(Capetown)
rose by 22% with more than 105,000 passengers travelling to those
destinations during the first six months of the year.
The number of passengers transiting through the Airport to an onward
destination fell by 19% when compared with the same period last year
reflecting the Airport’s strong route network of direct flights.
Commenting on the strong growth in passenger numbers, Director of
Dublin Airport Robert Hilliard said "It is interesting to note that
passenger volumes for the first six months of the year have already
exceeded the total number of passengers travelling in 1997 when 10.3
million passengers were catered for at the Airport.
This effectively means that passenger numbers at the Airport have more than doubled in a 10-year period" added Mr. Hilliard.
"Catering for this phenomenal growth in passenger traffic with no
extra terminal capacity continues to be a real challenge for the
Airport. While the opening of Check-in Area 14 has helped to ease
congestion on the Departures Floor, the Airport’s longer-term capacity
needs will only be achieved through the delivery of the second terminal
and we eagerly await a decision from An Bord Pleanála in that regard,"
concluded Mr. Hilliard.
The DAA also reported that more than 90,800 passengers were
facilitated on Sunday 1st July last making it the busiest day at the
airport so far this year.
Further information contact: Siobhán Moore - 087.2710065
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