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Published on August 14th, 2017 | by Alan Dwyer

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New Record For Dublin Airport With 3 Million Passengers In July

Dublin Airport welcomed more than 3.1 million passengers in July, which was a new monthly record for the airport, and a 6% increase on the same period last year. July was the first time in the airport’s 77-year history that more than three million passengers have been facilitated in a single month. A total of 3,121,469 passengers used Dublin Airport in July, which was more than the airport’s annual passenger traffic for 1986. There is a possibility that the airport will pass the 30 million mark for the first time ever this year if the strong growth continues. 

More than 16.9 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first seven months of the year, which is a 6% increase on the same period last year. Despite welcoming almost 980,000 extra passengers during the first seven months of the year, the airport has improved its on time performance by 2% so far this year.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison

Speaking ahead of the announcement to the media of the latest figures, Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “This is a major milestone for Dublin Airport and for the Irish economy, Growing passenger numbers means additional jobs at the airport, and at businesses throughout the country that benefit from growing tourism and additional trade and investment.” 

The improved figures have set a number of records, the number of passengers travelling to and from continental Europe increased by 7% to more than 1.7 million, which was a new high. Transatlantic traffic increased by 18% in July to over 404,000 and almost 158,000 passengers used Dublin Airport to connect onward to another destination in July, which was a 30% increase. So far this year, transfer passenger numbers have increased by 42% to just over 812,000.

Traffic to the UK was flat and there was an increase of 8% on other international routes to the Middle East and Africa with more than 91,000 people travelling to these destinations. Domestic travel also seen a significant increase with a rise of 22% to over 10,000 who made internal flights within Ireland during the month.

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