15 AUGUST 2016
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Dublin Airport was the fastest-growing major facility of its kind in Europe in the first six months of this year, according to ACI Europe, the trade association for European airports.
Passenger numbers increased by 13.4% in the first half, making Dublin the leading performer among top-tier European airports – those with more than 25m passengers per year.
Dublin grew faster than Barcelona (+12.7%), Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International (+12%), Copenhagen (+10.9%) and Schiphol Amsterdam (+9.9%).
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: “The growth in passenger numbers here is having a significant impact on the Irish economy, bringing increased trade and investment and also driving higher visitor numbers.”
“The figures show more than 1.5m extra customers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first six months of the year,” Harrison added. “This year, we will have a total of 18 new routes and services as well as additional frequencies on 24 existing services.”
To meet the growth, Dublin Airport is continuing to invest in new facilities for passengers and airlines. A €10m upgrade to the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1 is under way and 10 new aircraft parking stands entered use earlier this year as part of a €20m upgrade project.
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