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Dublin Airport Sees 32.9m Pax in 2019

8th February 2020 - 12:00pm

In Dublin Airport’s 80th year, it welcomed a record 32.9m passengers in 2019 of which, 93% started and ended their journey here while 7% used it as a hub. Over 580m passengers have travelled through the airport since its official opening on January 19, 1940.


Passenger numbers increased 4% (+1.4m pax) during the year with a stronger first-half and more modest growth in the later part of the year. Short-haul traffic increased by 5% to 27.7m, while long-haul numbers increased by 4% to almost 5.2m. The transatlantic and European markets were the best performers. UK traffic increased slightly, while traffic to other international destinations, which includes the Middle East, Africa and Asia, was flat.


Dublin Airport is now the fifth largest airport in Europe for transatlantic connectivity and this growth has been underpinned by the increase in connecting passengers choosing to fly through Dublin.


“Dublin Airport had its ninth consecutive year of passenger growth in 2019 and this has had a hugely positive impact on the entire Irish economy,” said Dublin Airport MD Vincent Harrison.


Traffic to and from Continental Europe, Dublin Airport’s largest market segment, increased by 6% last year to 17.3m pax.  UK traffic increased by 1%, with almost 10.2m passengers travelling to and from UK airports last year. Traffic to London performed better than to UK regional destinations, a pattern in recent years. Transatlantic traffic increased by 6%, as 4.2m passengers took flights to and from North America. Other international traffic, which includes flights to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa was flat at just over 1m passengers.


Dublin Airport continued to expand its position as a key gateway between Europe and North America last year. Transfer passenger numbers increased by 5% to 1.9m last year. In addition, about 235,000 passengers transited through Dublin last year – i.e. they did not change planes.


Dublin Airport saw 25 new routes in 2019 – including new long-haul services to Calgary, Dallas-Fort-Worth and Minneapolis-St Paul and new short-haul services to Bodrum, Kyiv, Lourdes and Thessaloniki. There were capacity increases on 28 existing routes, as airlines added flights to their schedules or operated services with larger aircraft.


Dublin Airport will welcome 12 new routes in 2020. New long-haul services for summer 2020 include Shanghai via Helsinki with Juneyao Air and San Francisco with United Airlines. New short-haul destinations include Cairo with EgyptAir, Marseille with Ryanair, Rhodes, Sardinia and Puglia with Aer Lingus, and Tel Aviv with El Al.

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