Published on June 14th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Over 2.6M Passengers Pass Through Dublin in May

Just over 2.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in May, a huge increase from the numbers last year when travel restrictions were in place during the pandemic. The figures for May represent 87% of the passenger numbers seen pre-pandemic in May 2019. In the first five months of the year, almost 9.2m passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport representing an increase of 1,138% on last year and showing with the overall figures now around 74% of 2019 levels.

In May, passenger volumes to and from Continental Europe saw an increase of 1.4m versus the same month last year. That number was down by just 5% when compared with May 2019. UK traffic reached almost 700k in May and around 78% of May 2019 traffic.

Passenger volumes to and from North America were also at around 77% versus May 2019, as around 320k passengers travelled on transatlantic routes. International passenger traffic to the Middle East totalled around 51k, about 8% lower than in 2019. Domestic routes have increased by 20% versus 2019, to 11k. Dublin Airport will serve 180 destinations worldwide this year, served by 44 airlines, as it continues to rebuild its global reach following the devastating impact on the aviation sector due to COVID-19.

During May, Dublin Airport was plagued by negative media due to the excessive wait times at security lanes and not having the required staff in place to handle the number of passengers travelling. The daa continues to advise passengers to arrive up to 2.5 hours ahead of their departure on short-haul flights and 3.5 hours for long-haul flights. Also, passengers are also advised to allow an additional hour should they need to check in luggage. In recent days, The daa has also suspended the use of its Platinum Service facility at the airport. The Platinum Services lounge is located at the lower level of Termina 1 and is a facility whereby passengers have access to private check-in, security, suites, drinks and dining and a chauffeur-driven car direct to the steps of the aircraft.

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