The FINANCIAL -- Dublin Airport has been confirmed as one of the top growing airports in Europe last year, according to new figures by the airport’s representative body, ACI.
Airport’s Council International, which represents almost 600 airport authorities worldwide also said that global passenger growth approached the pre-recessionary highs of 2004 to 2007, according to Dublin Airport.
The organisation also made special mention of Ireland and Portugal who finished the year with strong overall growth of 13.2% and 11% respectively.
Dublin Airport, with 3.3 million extra passengers, was joint fourth at the top of the European growth league in terms actual passenger numbers.
Only Istanbul Ataturk with 5.2 million additional passengers, Madrid with 5 million, Istanbul Sabiha Gocken had over 4.7 million surpassed Dublin, which tied with Amsterdam on 3.3 million extra passengers in 2015.
“Dublin Airport had a record year in 2015 welcoming 25 million passengers and achieving a growth rate at more than three times the European average," said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. "A combination of 23 new routes/services and extra capacity on 39 existing contributed to this strong growth.
“Dublin now offers direct flights to over 170 destinations in 38 countries on four continents. This extensive choice of direct destinations and frequency of services has also helped to boost passenger numbers,” he added.
Global passenger traffic grew by 6.1% last year, with equally strong growth in international and domestic markets, ACI said, representing the strongest growth rate in passenger traffic since 2010 ( up 6.6%), the year in which passenger traffic rebounded from the worldwide recession.
“Passenger growth is set to continue with 13 new routes/services still to commence in 2016. January recorded its busiest month ever with a 17% increase in passenger numbers as 1.7 million travelled that month alone,” Mr Harrison said.
Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports, has 592 member airport authorities, which operate 1,853 airports in 173 countries.