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Published on January 16th, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer

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Dublin Airport Welcomed 28.1 Million Passengers In 2022

In 2022, just over 28.1 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport, representing a massive 231% increase on 2021 activity and showing a return to 85% recovery of the record breaking 2019 figures. The revival in passenger numbers following the Covid-19 pandemic continued to accelerate as the year progressed, with passenger levels in the final three months of 2022 totalling 7.1 million – the equivalent to 96% of numbers in the same period of 2019. During the month of December 2022 alone, a total of 2.2 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport – an increase of 1 million passengers compared to 2021 and 95% of the passenger numbers seen pre-pandemic in December 2019.

Just over 13 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the last from August to December which equates to almost half of the total traffic seen during the year. 26.5 million passengers either started or ended their journey through Dublin Airport while 1.33 million of the overall number used the airport as a transfer hub last year. 

Kenny Jacobs

Commenting on the figures for 2022, the daa’s CEO, Kenny Jacobs said, “Following two years of Covid disruption, 2022 was the year in which international travel came back very strong. When you consider that passenger numbers during the first two months of 2022 were very low due to uncertainty around the Omicron variant, the recovery in passenger numbers from March onwards was way beyond the expectations of even the most optimistic of travel forecasters. This resurgence in travel has posed challenges for Dublin Airport and airports all around the world. I’d like to pay tribute to the incredible team there which has worked tirelessly to facilitate more than 28 million journeys over the past 12 months. Their hard work over the Christmas period saw 93% of passengers pass through security screening in under 20 minutes, with 99% through in under 30 minutes. In the year ahead, we are determined to maintain this security performance and make further improvements to the standards at Dublin Airport so that the travelling public get the service they expect.”

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