Ireland's Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) reported (10-Jan-2013) passenger numbers at its three airports increased 1% year-on-year to 22.8 million in 2012, the second consecutive year of overall growth. Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased 2% to 19.1 million in 2012, also the second consecutive year of growth, and includes a 16% growth in long-haul passengers with new services to the Middle East and North America while short-haul passengers increased 1%. The airport also reported international passengers increased by 420,000 or just over 2%. Terminal 1 handled 10.3 million passengers in 2012, while almost 8.8 million passengers used terminal 2. Dublin Airport also reported 10% increase in cargo volume with an extra 10,000 tonnes. Looking forward, DAA strategy director Vincent Harrison said Dublin Airport's long-haul market should continue to grow during 2013, with Etihad Airways due to add an extra 30% capacity to its Dublin-Abu Dhabi route and an almost 20% more seats available on Transatlantic routes to and from Dublin this summer. [more - original PR]
Dublin Airport Authority: “American 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," Vincent Harrison, strategy director. Source: Dublin Airport, 10-Jan-2013.