Passenger Numbers Up 2% At Dublin Airport In 2012
January 10, 2013
DAA rebates €1.5M in airport charges to 25 airlines that grew business at Dublin last year
numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 2% last year to 19.1 million,
the second consecutive year of traffic growth at Ireland’s main
The growth in passenger numbers was
underpinned by a major expansion in long-haul traffic, which was up 16%,
while short-haul traffic at Dublin Airport increased by 1% during the
Total traffic at DAA’s three airports – Dublin, Cork and
Shannon* - increased by 1% last year to 22.8 million, which was also the
second year of consecutive overall growth.
As a result of the
expansion of passenger numbers, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is paying
a €1.5 million rebate in airport charges to 25 airlines that grew their
business at Dublin Airport during the year.
Under its Growth
Incentive Scheme, a rebate is being paid to each airline based on its
overall level of growth at Dublin during 2012. Airlines that grew their
business at Dublin Airport last year included; Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus
Regional, Air Canada, American Airlines, Etihad, Lufthansa, SAS and
Turkish Airlines. British Airways and Emirates also launched significant
new services from Dublin last year.
Over the past two years, DAA
has returned €3 million in airport charges rebates to its airline
customers at Dublin under the Growth Incentive Scheme. The scheme, which
will continue to operate in 2013, is aimed at encouraging airlines to
maintain and grow their business. DAA also offers generous other
incentive schemes to attract new routes and boost transfer traffic.
delighted that 25 airlines grew their business at Dublin Airport last
year and we’re rewarding them for that growth with a €1.5 million rebate
on our already highly competitive airport charges,” said DAA Strategy
Director, Vincent Harrison. “Despite the downturn, we have seen growth
in overall passenger numbers for the second year in a row, and strong
demand for long-haul travel into and out of Ireland.”
360,000 passengers used Dublin Airport last year. International
passengers – both incoming and outgoing – increased by 420,000 or just
over 2%. Terminal 1 handled 10.3 million passengers in 2012, while
almost 8.8 million passengers used the award-winning Terminal 2. The
overall long-haul market from Dublin increased by 16% last year with new
services to the Middle East and North America.
started its new Dublin-Dubai service last January and has already
introduced a larger aircraft on the route, while Etihad also grew
traffic on its Dublin-Abu Dhabi service last year,” Mr Harrison said.
“While many business and leisure passengers are using these services to
connect to the Far East and beyond, we have not seen any reduction in
traffic to the major European hubs such as Heathrow, Paris and
Amsterdam,” he added.
Dublin Airport’s long-haul market should
continue to grow during 2013, according to Mr Harrison. Etihad will add
an extra 30% capacity to its Dublin-Abu Dhabi route, which is one of its
top 10 services, and there will also be almost 20% more seats available
on Transatlantic routes to and from Dublin this summer.
Airlines is launching a new Dublin-JFK service this summer, Aer Lingus
will have seven extra return flights per week to US destinations, while
Delta is adding three extra flights per week on its daily JFK route and
operating the service with a larger aircraft. United and US Airways are
also expanding their schedules this year. These increases mean that
Dublin Airport will have up to 112 direct flights per week to 11 North
American destinations this summer.”
Just over 10 million Dublin Airport passengers travelled on flights to
and from continental Europe last year, a 2% increase on 2011. Almost 6.9
million people travelled to and from Britain, which was a decline of
1%. Transatlantic traffic increased by 5% as 1.6 million people
travelled between Dublin and North America last year. Traffic to the
Middle East and North Africa increased by 84% in 2012, as almost 480,000
people travelled on these route sectors. Domestic air travel within the
State continued to decline as 63,000 people took internal flights to or
from Dublin, a 49% fall on 2011.
Dublin Airport saw 15 new
routes and services launched last year, with continental Europe
accounting for 11 new services. There were also new long-haul services
to the Middle East and to the United States, and two short-haul new
services to Britain.
The amount of cargo passing through Dublin Airport increased by 10% last year with an extra 10,000 tonnes of goods shipped.
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*Shannon Airport ceased to be part of DAA at 11.59pm on December 31, 2012.
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