Published on March 22nd, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


2 Million Passengers use Dublin Airport in February

Over 2 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport in February, a 9% increase over the same month last year. This is the first time in the airport’s 79-year history that passenger numbers have surpassed two million in February, which is traditionally the quietest month of the year.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 12%, UK traffic rose by 4% and North American traffic increased by 15%. Other international traffic, principally on routes to and from the Middle East, North Africa and Pacific Asia regions increased by 2%. Transfer passengers increased by 13% and almost 7,000 passengers travelled on domestic routes during the month, a 16% decrease when compared to February 2018.

The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination increased by 18% in the first two months of the year, as more than 183,000 passengers connected through the airport. Almost 4.1 million passengers have used Dublin Airport in the first two months of this year, which is a 7% increase on the same period last year.

St. Patrick’s Weekend

The new Control Tower at Dublin Airport was on of the 11 areas around the Airport campus that took part in the ‘Greening’ for St. Patricks Day

The airport was expecting more than 350,000 passengers to arrive and depart over the St. Patrick’s weekend, an anticipated 6% increase over last year. These numbers were boosted by the Cheltenham Festival and fans travelling to and from Ireland’s Six Nations rugby game in Cardiff.

“Eleven separate areas around the airport’s campus are going green, including Terminal 1 and 2 and the airport’s iconic original 1940s passenger terminal,” said Dublin Airport spokesperson Paul O’Kane.

“This is our seventh year to participate in the Global Greening and we’re greening even more locations around the airport campus this year to bring the St. Patrick’s Festival to life.

“Specialist equipment is required to successfully green the airport. Electricians and site crew will use 33 different lights and beams supported by a total of 2.5 kilometres of temporary cabling at the various greening locations around the campus.”

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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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