Published on November 19th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Dublin Airport Celebrates T2 Birthday

More than 100 million passengers have passed through Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 following its opening twelve years ago today on the 19th of November 2010. The addition of Terminal 2 has positively transformed the passenger experience at Dublin Airport over the past 12 years, enabling the addition of many exciting new routes. Home to Aer Lingus, Emirates, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines, the multiple award-winning passenger terminal facilitates flights to 73 destinations including the likes of Dubai, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and many more.

Terminal 2 was designed to improve the passenger experience at the airport and to help boost Dublin Airport’s connectivity. Long-haul connectivity has grown by more than 198% since the new terminal opened in 2010, while short-haul connectivity has increased by 44%. Dublin Airport’s total passenger numbers have increased by around 50% since T2 opened in 2010 and are now running at above 90% of the numbers seen in 2019 prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2010, when T2 opened, Dublin Airport had 1.5 million transatlantic passengers per year, which is less than we had this year in the four months of July, August, September, and October. There has also been strong growth in the airport’s transfer business since the opening of Terminal 2, with the number of connecting passengers increasing threefold to an expected 1.3m million passengers this year.

Commenting on the success of the Terminal, Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said, “Passing through the 100 million passenger level is a significant milestone for Terminal 2 and highlights the value of investing in major infrastructure projects that will deliver tangible long-term benefits for passengers. There were some who believed that Terminal 2 would be a “white elephant” when it was built, but in just 12 years it has already welcomed more than 100 million passengers. The advent of T2 and its US preclearance facility has helped to deliver a huge expansion in transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport over the past eight years. We have worked closely with our airline partners to grow North American connectivity and to build a substantial transfer business.”

Construction work on Terminal 2 started on the 1st of October 2007 and the first piece of structural steel was erected on the 31st of March, 2008. At its peak, the Terminal 2 project was the largest construction project in the State, with 2,600 workers on site. T2’s first flight – an Aer Lingus service from Manchester – arrived shortly after 11 am on the 19th of November. Flight operations started moving into the new terminal on a phased basis on the 23rd of November.

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