October 15 2010
Almost 1.8 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in September
Almost 1.8 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in September, a 1% decline on the same period last year, and the airport’s best monthly performance in percentage terms since October 2008.
Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe fell by 1% with just under 960,000 passengers travelling on these routes last month. UK traffic also recorded a 1% decrease with just over 595,000 passengers travelling in September.
Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 1% during September with almost 150,000 passengers travelling on this route sector.
Passenger numbers on domestic routes declined by 33% with just over 32,000 passengers taking domestic flights last month.
Other international passenger traffic, principally flights to the Middle East, increased by 28% to just over 25,000 during September.
Almost 14.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport so far this year, an 11% decline over the same period last year.
However, stripping out the impact of ash cloud disruption, and other one-off factors, the underlying decline in passenger numbers for the first nine months of the year was 8%.
The three months to the end of September was the strongest quarter since the summer of 2008, with passenger numbers declining by 3% during the period.
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