January 23, 2018

Another record-breaking year for Dublin Airport

A record-breaking 29.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last year marking its seventh consecutive year of growth.

Dublin Airport Record Breaking numbers

A significant increase in long-haul traffic, and a strong performance from continental European routes, were the main reasons for a 6% increase in passenger numbers in 2017. Dublin Airport beat its previous passenger record, which was set in 2016, by almost 1.7 million. 

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “The continued growth at Dublin Airport is fantastic news for the Irish economy. Increased air connectivity boosts tourism, trade and foreign direct investment. Last year’s record performance for visitor numbers across the island of Ireland was underpinned by the growth in passenger numbers at Dublin.” 

Figures show that about 27.8 million passengers started or ended their journey at Dublin last year, while a further 1.8m passengers used Dublin Airport as a hub. Dublin Airport has flights to 191 destinations in 42 countries operated by 47 airlines and is now the 11th largest airport within the European Union.  Dublin Airport is focused on attracting new airlines to Dublin and also on helping existing airlines to grow their business in Ireland.

Transatlantic traffic was the fastest-growing segment of the market for the second year in a row with passenger numbers increasing by 20% last year to almost 3.5 million. In 2017 Dublin Airport welcomed new transatlantic services from Aer Lingus (Miami), Delta (Boston), and Norwegian (Stewart New York and Boston Providence). 


  Dublin Airport Passengers 2017  
Route Sector                 Passengers (M) Percentage Increase
Continental Europe 15.2 7%
UK 10 1%
Transatlantic  3.5  20%
Other International  0.85  14%
Domestic  0.09  1%
Total  29.6  6%


Dublin Airport will welcome its first direct service to Asia Pacific as Cathay Pacific launches its new Dublin-Hong Kong service in June this year.

Source: DAA website