September 13, 2018 Back to all news


Dublin Airport welcomed more than 3.2 million passengers last month, making it the busiest August in the airport’s 78-year history. 

Passenger numbers increased by 6% last month helped by the introduction of 14 new routes over the summer period and extra capacity on more than 50 existing services. August was the second consecutive month that Dublin Airport has welcomed more than 3.2 million passengers. 

So far this year total passenger numbers are up 6%, with Dublin Airport welcoming more than 21.2 million passengers in the first eight months of this year. The growth in passenger numbers means that the airport has already facilitated an extra 1.2 million passengers so far this year.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe, which is the largest sector of the market, increased by 6% in August, with more than 1.7 million passengers travelling to and from European destinations during the month. 

The number of passengers travelling to and from UK destinations in August remained static when compared to last year, with almost 927,000 passengers taking flights to and from the UK during the month.  

More than 465,000 passengers travelled to and from North America in August, which was a 14% increase compared to last year.  Traffic to other international destinations, which includes flights to the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region, increased by 16%, as almost 111,000 passengers travelled on these route sectors during August. 

Passenger numbers on domestic routes increased by 23% with 12,000 travelling on domestic flights last month. 

The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination has increased by 17% in the first eight months of the year, with almost 1.2 million passengers transferring at Dublin so far this year.