November 3, 2023 Back to all news
A total of 2.8 million passengers passed through the doors of Dublin Airport in October, which was 4% higher than in the same month last year, according to airport operator daa.
A busy October, buoyed by tens of thousands of rugby fans travelling to and from France for the Rugby World Cup, saw a further 177,000 transfer and transit passengers use Dublin Airport. 
Once more in October, passengers enjoyed a smooth experience at security screening with 98% of passengers through security in less than 20 minutes.
The busiest day of travel at Dublin Airport in October was Sunday, September, October 8 as thousands of Irish rugby fans made their way back from watching Ireland defeat Scotland in Paris. While the Dublin-Paris route was busy during the month, the most popular destination in October was once again London Heathrow, with the route remaining one of the busiest in Europe.
In October, carbon per passenger at Dublin Airport was 0.56kg, a reduction of -8% on 2022 performance. This data relates to our scope 1 and 2 emissions and a rolling annual average carbon figure.
According to Kenny Jacobs, CEO of daa: "The Ireland rugby team arrived home a few weeks earlier than we'd have hoped, but they generated a huge level of excitement and our terminals at Dublin Airport were a sea of green jerseys each weekend in the early part of October. 
"The number of fans travelling to France from Dublin Airport were amongst the highest we've ever seen travelling to support Ireland at a major sporting event. October also saw many families escaping the miserable wet weather in Ireland with an autumn trip to the sun, with our routes to the Canaries, southern Spain and Portugal proving very popular. That's likely to continue through November and we're seeing a lot of interest in our North America routes too as people seek some Florida sunshine or early Christmas shopping in New York."
"We're looking forward to a busy Christmas period at Dublin Airport and we've a firm eye on 2024 also, with discussions underway with our airline partners regarding their schedules for next spring, summer and beyond, ensuring that passenger numbers for the year will remain below the 32 million level."
“Central to Dublin Airport's ability to meet the demands of passengers and our airline partners in the years ahead will be permission to grow Dublin Airport further to meet Ireland’s demand for international travel. daa will submit an application to Fingal County Council shortly to grow beyond the current 32 million cap in order to support the population increase and continue to enable new jobs growth and connectivity for Ireland.

"Until planning permission to grow beyond 32 million is granted, daa will continue to manage the passenger capacity through the terminals at Dublin Airport to ensure that current planning restrictions are not breached.”

October 2023 In Numbers   
Dublin Airport  
Number of Passengers 2.8 million  
Transfer Passengers155,000  
Transit Passengers 28,000  
Number of Flights 22,316  
Through Security in <20 minutes 98%  
Busiest Day of Travel Sunday October 8  
Busiest Destination London Heathrow  
Flights Departing On-Time 64%  
Flights Departing On-Time (First Wave) 83%  
Load Factor  80%  
Baggage Return (average time, first bag) 18 minutes