Published on June 26th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer0
3 Million Use Dublin Airport in May as Work Continues on North Runway
Almost 3 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in May, a 4% increase over the same month last year and a new record for May. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe also rose by 4% during the month, with more than 1.6 million passengers travelling to European destinations.
More than 884,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations in May, which was an increase of 2% when compared to last year. Transatlantic traffic to and from North America increased by 8% with 412,500 passengers travelling on this route sector in May.
Other international traffic, principally to the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions increased by 5% with almost 72,600 passengers travelling on these routes during May. Passenger numbers on domestic routes declined by 12% with 9,000 passengers travelling on domestic flights last month.
So far this year, more than 12.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 7% increase compared to the first five months of last year. Dublin Airport has welcomed an additional 764,000 passengers between January and May. The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination has increased by 16% this year, with almost 660,000 passengers connecting through Dublin Airport in the first five months of this year.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed a €350m loan to daa to help fund upgrades at Dublin Airport. The 20-year loan will go towards the authority’s current investment programme, which aims to improve operations at the airport during peak times. It is the EIB’s biggest yet transport-related investment in Ireland.
According to a Barry O’Halloran exclusive report in the Irish Times, Dublin Airport is halting work on a €2 bn expansion following the Commission for Aviation Regulation’s proposals to cut the ceiling on the airport’s average passenger charge to €7.50 per head for 2020-2024 from €9.30 currently.
Dalton Philips, chief executive of the airport’s owner, daa, has told senior staff that the State company’s board is “standing down” work on expansion timed for 2020-2024, blaming the uncertainty created by the CAR. Mr Philips points out in a memo to senior colleagues that daa’s investment plans depend on charges staying close to €9.65 a head, its 2018 cap, for the next five years.
Meanwhile the daa released a video showing work progressing on the new North Runway. The construction team is now laying a granular sub-base, which is effectively a foundation for the new runway. Two layers of concrete will go on top of this aggregate sub-base to create the final runway.