Published on August 10th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Record July for Dublin but Hainan Airlines to Cut Services

Almost 3.5 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in July, making it the busiest month in the airport’s 79-year history. Passenger numbers increased by 4% compared to July 2018 as the airport welcomed an average of more than 110,000 passengers per day during the month.

The number of passengers travelling to and from continental Europe increased by 5%, UK traffic increased by 2& and Transatlantic traffic increased by 5%. Other international traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia Pacific region, increased by 2%, as almost 111,000 passengers travelled to and from these destinations in July.

The number of passengers on domestic flights declined by 3%, with just over 10,800 people taking flights within the Republic of Ireland last month. Dublin Airport traffic is up 6% so far this year with more than 19 million passengers travelling through the airport in the seven months to the end of July. Dublin Airport has welcomed just over one million additional passengers during the period.

More than one million passengers have used Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect onward to another destination between January and July, which is a 9% increase compared to the same period last year.

Hainan Airlines to Pull Out of Dublin

Hainan Airlines closed reservations for the Shenzhen-Dublin route from 30th August  and Beijing to Dublin and Edinburgh from 31st October. The Shenzhen route only began in February this year but has reportedly suffered from poor load factors. The news will also affect Edinburgh as the same flights also served the Scottish capital. Many have blamed the Air Passenger Duty (APD) which the Scottish Government have failed to cut.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We are disappointed Hainan has suspended the Dublin and Edinburgh service as part of its winter schedule and we hope they will return for summer 2020 when passenger numbers are likely to be higher.”

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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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