Published on April 14th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


6.5 million use Dublin Airport During Q1 2019

More than 6.5 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first three months of the year, representing an 8% increase, or an extra 460,000 passengers, compared to the same period last year. European passenger numbers are up 10% to almost 3.3 million in the first quarter, while UK passenger traffic increased by 3% to almost 2.4 million. Transatlantic traffic was up 13% to 671,000 in Q1, while other international traffic declined by 1% to 219,000.

The Airport saw the following growth during March;

  • Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 11%, with more than 1.2 million passengers travelling to European destinations.
  • UK traffic grew by 7% as almost 861,000 passengers travelled to and from Britain in March.
  • Passenger volumes to and from North America increased by 11% with over 285,000 passengers travelling on transatlantic routes in March.
  • Other international passenger traffic to the Middle East and Asia-Pacific declined by 8% with almost 72,000 passengers travelling in March.
  • The number of passengers on domestic routes increased by 3%, as almost 8,000 passengers travelled this route sector last month.
  • The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect to another destination increased by 34% with almost 126,000 passengers connecting through Dublin Airport last month.

Dublin Airport will welcome a total of 23 new routes and four new airlines in the coming weeks, making this the busiest summer in the airport’s 79-year history. More than 1.3 million extra seats have been added across the airport’s route network, which is a 6% increase in capacity when compared to last summer. Four new airlines, airBaltic, Great Dane Airlines, SunExpress and TAP Air Portugal are joining Dublin Airport’s growing list of airline customers. Six long-haul routes and 17 short-haul destinations are being added to Dublin Airport’s flight schedule this summer.

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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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