PASSENGER NUMBERS AT Dublin Airport increased by 2 per cent last year to 19.1 million, with long-haul traffic up 16 per cent.
Short-haul traffic at Dublin Airport saw a much smaller increase of 1 per cent during the year.
Total traffic at DAA’s three airports – Dublin, Cork and Shannon – increased by 1 per cent 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 the DAA’s 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 scheme which 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.
An extra 360,000 passengers used Dublin Airport last year with an increase of 420,000 in international passengers.
Terminal 1 handled 10.3 million passengers in 2012, while almost 8.8 million passengers used the snazzy new Terminal 2.
DAA Strategy Director, Vincent Harrison said today that the airport’s long-haul market is expected to continue in growth in 2013.
Increases in flights from various US airlines mean Dublin Airport will have up to 112 direct flights per week to 11 North American destinations next summer.
Just over 10 million Dublin Airport passengers travelled on flights to and from continental Europe last year and traffic to the Middle East and North Africa increased by 84 per cent.
Domestic air travel within Ireland continued to decline as 63,000 people took internal flights to or from Dublin, a 49 per cent fall on 2011.
The amount of cargo passing through Dublin Airport increased by 10 per cent last year with an extra 10,000 tonnes of goods shipped.