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  1. Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record

    Dublin Airport welcomed a total of 31.5 million passengers during 2018, setting a new record for the airport.
    Passenger numbers were up 6%, as the equivalent of more than five times the population of the island of Ireland used Dublin Airport last year. An additional 1.9 million passengers were welcomed at the airport during 2018.
    About 29.4 million people started and ended their journey at Dublin Airport last year, while a further 2.1 million passengers used the airport as a hub. Short-haul traffic increased by 5% to 26.5 million, while long-haul passenger numbers increased by 15% to 5 million.
    Traffic growth was underpinned by a strong performance from transatlantic and other long-haul routes, coupled with healthy growth in continental European traffic and the continued expansion of Dublin Airport as a significant gateway between North America and Europe.
    “Dublin Airport enjoyed its eighth consecutive year of passenger growth in 2018 and I’d like to thank the travelling public, our airline customers, our staff and the staff of all the other companies at the airport for helping to generate yet another record year,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
    “Dublin Airport is a key economic engine for Ireland and last year’s traffic growth helped deliver a record year for Irish tourism, bringing additional jobs and tourism spending throughout the island,” Mr Harrison added.
    “Dublin Airport’s record passenger numbers also boosted Irish trade and exports and helped facilitate greater levels of foreign direct investment in Ireland and by Irish companies overseas. Air connectivity is essential for the Irish economy and the provision of new and expanded services at Dublin Airport benefits the entire country.”
    Continental European traffic, which is Dublin Airport’s largest market, increased by 7% last year, as almost 16.3 million passengers took flights to and from continental European destinations.
    UK traffic increased by 1%, with almost 10.1 million passengers travelling to and from UK airports last year. UK traffic growth has been sluggish for the past two years due to the weakness of sterling amid concerns about the impact of Brexit on the UK economy.
    Transatlantic traffic increased by 16%, as Dublin Airport recorded more than 4 million annual passengers on North American routes for the first time. Transatlantic traffic has doubled since 2014. Other international traffic, which includes flights to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, increased by 17% to just over 1 million.
    Dublin Airport continued to strengthen its position as a key gateway between Europe and North America, with transfer passenger numbers increasing by 18% to 1.8 million last year. A new €16 million dedicated transfer facility was opened during the year, to help expand this business. A further 240,000 passengers transited through Dublin last year – i.e. they passed through the airport but did not change planes.
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  2. The new control tower at Dublin Airport will be the country's highest occupied building when it is completed in two years time.
    The tower is just under 87 metres tall - nearly 60% higher than Liberty Hall in the city centre.
    Construction of the tower is necessary to cater for a second runway at the airport.
    The tower itself is scheduled for completion in 2020, which the northern runway is due to be completed in 2021.
    Construction of the tower, which dwarfs the existing control tower at the airport, is estimated to cost €50m.
  3. Dublin Airport welcomes American Airlines’ announcement that it is to operate a new Dublin-Dallas Fort Worth summer service from next June.
    The daily service will be Ireland’s first direct flight to Dallas, which is American’s largest hub for connecting traffic. It will improve connectivity from Ireland to Texas and also to a large number of onward destinations in the United States and Latin America.
    “Dallas is an excellent addition to the existing route network from Dublin Airport and we’re delighted that American Airlines will be serving this market with a daily summer service from next year,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.  “This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US, and we look forward to working closely with American to promote the new service on both sides of the Atlantic,” Mr Harrison added.
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  4. Dublin Airport has been shortlisted for three international social media awards.

    The Moodies, which reward best practice in social and digital media among airports and airport retailers globally, has nominated Dublin Airport for the Best Twitter Feed, the Best Use of Instagram and the Best Use of Social & Digital Media by an airport.
    “Social media has been an essential element of our communications activities for several years and we are delighted that our efforts have been recognised with these awards nominations,” said daa’s Chief Communications Officer Paul O’Kane.
    “Social media allows Dublin Airport to connect with the public in an engaging and informal way,” Mr O’Kane added. “Our social media channels are perfect for getting clear messages out quickly, posting information and updates on key developments and allowing Dublin Airport to have conversations with its customers through sharing photos, videos, and user generated content.”

    Dublin Airport has twice previously been named the world’s Best Airport Twitter Feed at the Moodies and has also won four other awards for its social media accounts.

    Dublin Airport has the world’s fourth largest Twitter account with more than 260,000 followers. Last year, Dublin Airport’s tweets were seen by 28 million people at home and abroad, almost matching the airport’s record throughput of 29.6 million passengers in 2017.

    Dublin Airport is shortlisted in the Twitter category alongside airports such as Amsterdam Schiphol, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Dubai and several international airport retailers.

    In the Instagram category, Dublin Airport’s account, which has almost 34,000 followers, is shortlisted alongside airports such as Changi in Singapore, Chicago O’Hare, Heathrow, LAX, and Sydney.

    Dublin is one of 10 airports shortlisted in the overall use of social media category, alongside airports such as Bristol, Changi, Copenhagen, Dallas, Helsinki, Heathrow, and Ireland West.

    The Moodies, which are now in their fifth year, are organised by the Moodie Davitt Report and cover 22 separate categories for social, mobile and digital media activity by airports and airport retailers globally.

    The award winners will be announced later this month.

  5. More than 2.1 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last month, making it the busiest December in the airport’s history.
    Passenger numbers were up 6% during the month.
    Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 8% with more than 988,000 people travelling to European destinations during the month.

    UK traffic remained static, with over 800,000 passengers travelling to and from UK destinations in December.

    Transatlantic volumes increased by 18% as almost 234,000 passengers travelled to and from North America during the month.

    Other international passenger traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East and Africa, grew by 20% with more than 82,000 passengers travelling this route sector in December.
    Passenger numbers on domestic flights declined by 5%, with almost 8,500 travelling on domestic routes during the month.

    More than 128,000 passengers transferred at Dublin during December, which was a 20% increase.
    Dublin Airport welcomed a record 29.6 million passengers in 2017, a 6% increase over the same period last year. An additional 1.7 million passengers travelled through the airport in 2017.


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