Dublin Airport fastest growing airport in Europe in 2016
Dublin Airport was the fastest growing major airport in Europe last year, according to new figures released this week.
The announcement from ACI Europe – the trade association for European airports – said that passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 11.5% in 2016.
That compared to growth figures of 11.2% at Barcelona’s El-Prat Airport, 9.2% at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, 9.1% at Copenhagen Airport and 7.7% at Madrid Barajas.
Almost 28 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year with growth coming on the back of 19 new routes and additional capacity was also added on 31 existing routes.
“Dublin Airport’s passenger performance in 2016 was assisted by its growth as a gateway between Europe and North America,” commented Dublin Airport’s Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
“Transatlantic traffic increased by 16% to a record 2.9 million passengers last year, while transfer passenger numbers were up 23% to a record 1.2 million,” he added.
The ACI Europe figures showed London Heathrow to be the busiest European airport last year with a total of 75.7 million passengers using the airport, up 1% on 2015.
European airports on the whole processed more than 2 billion passengers last year, a new all-time record, according to ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec.
“While geopolitics and terrorism in particular played an increasing role in shaping the fortunes and misfortunes of many airports, the underlying story is one of continued growth and expansion – with passenger volumes growing in excess of 5% for the third consecutive year,” Mr Jankovec said.
The ACI identified traffic growth across Europe was due to three main factors – improving economic conditions, low oil prices, and airline capacity expansion.
Low cost carriers moving upmarket was also a key driver of passenger growth, it added.
The ACI also said that European freight traffic increased by 4.1% last year, its best performance since 2010 and is reflective of the improving economic conditions across Europe.
Dublin Airport received another significant vote of confidence this week with Norwegian Air International (NAI) adding new transatlantic services from the airport.
The Dublin Airport routes include a daily departure to New York’s Stewart Airport, located in Orange County, about 90 minutes of New York City, and a five-times weekly service to Providence, both commencing July 1.