October 21 2011
Just over 1.7 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in September, a 3% decline on the same period last year.
The decline was due to the reduction in domestic air traffic coupled with reduced capacity by one major carrier. Stripping out domestic traffic, the reduction in passenger numbers was just under 2%.
Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe fell by 3% with 930,000 passengers travelling on these routes last month. UK traffic also recorded a 3% decline with 575,000 passengers travelling in September.
Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 12% during September with over 165,000 passengers travelling on this route sector.
Other international passenger traffic, principally flights to the Middle East and North Africa declined by 8% with 23,000 passengers travelling on this route sector during September.
Passenger numbers on domestic routes declined by 77% with just over 7,000 passengers taking domestic flights last month.
The severe decline in domestic traffic, with 26,000 fewer passengers in September alone, continues to dampen overall passenger numbers.
Year to date passenger numbers have increased by 3% with more than 14.6 million passengers travelling through Dublin Airport during the first nine months of the year. International traffic saw a 4% increase over the same period.
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