Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Busiest Month in Dublin Airport History

Figures released by Dublin Airport show it 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% 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.

The launch of the Hainan Airlines Service to Beijing in June was one of the 14 new routes at Dublin Airport this year that has driven up passenger numbers.

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. Currently there are just two domestic destinations served, Kerry and Donegal. 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.

Report Recommends Dublin Airport to be Developed as an “Airport Hub”

A new report from consultancy firm EY suggests that an extra €18.6 billion over the next 15 years could be added to the economy if Dublin Airport was developed as an airport hub. Aer Lingus commissioned the report, which concludes that investment in hub infrastructure at Dublin Airport could also generate 33,950 new jobs – the bulk of which would be in the tourism sector.

The report also suggests that another €6 billion could be generated for the Exchequer from increases in a number of taxes, including VAT, excise, corporation and income tax. As part of the plan, 1,147 jobs could be created in the construction phase of the hub facilities from 2018 to 2023. EY said that Dublin Airport already has several advantages which would support its development as a hub. However, it also makes it clear that investment in infrastructure will be needed to transform the airport into a hub.

The EY report predicts that about 24% of Dublin Airport’s passengers will be using it as a hub by 2033, and that 15% of all passengers will have an overnight stay in Dublin. According to the latest figures released by the daa, 17% of passengers used Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to onward destinations so far in 2018. The full report can be read here.

Increase in Dublin Airport slot for 2019 Summer Season

Meanwhile the Commission for Aviation Regulation has published its Decision on the coordination parameters for the Summer 2019 Season at Dublin Airport. The Commission has decided to increase the runway Totals limit by one additional movement in the 0800, 0900, 1700 and 1900 hours and 2 in the 1800 hour, as well the Arrivals limit by one in the 0800 and 0900 hours and the Departures limit by two in the 1800 hour. They have decided to increase all passenger terminal parameters by 12% to offset a higher assumed load factor for scheduled traffic of 95%. Other aspects of the parameters are unchanged relative to Summer 2018.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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