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Article from BTNews 9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Dublin transatlantic record

Transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport will set a new record this year with more than 1.8m passengers expected to travel on flights between North America and Dublin during 2013.

In the last eight months the airport has welcomed almost 1.3m travellers across ‘the pond’, which is a 14% increase on the same period in 2012.  Transatlantic passenger numbers peaked at 1.75m in 2008.

The significant growth in transatlantic passenger numbers is due a number of factors, according to the airport’s Strategic Director, Vincent Harrison. “We have a large increase in capacity this year with available seat numbers expanding due to a new service to JFK from American Airlines, increased frequency on Boston and Chicago with Aer Lingus, a larger aircraft on the US Airways’ service to Philadelphia, and the impact of a full year of United’s Washington DC service”.

Dublin Airport is also benefitting from an increase in transfer business to the US and Canada, as passengers from Britain and continental Europe are choosing to travel to North America via Dublin.  “This transfer business is very welcome, as a steady supply of transfer passengers underpins the viability of existing long haul services and also encourages airlines to launch new services and extra frequencies from Dublin”, Mr Harrison said. www.dublinairport.com

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