The growing importance of Dublin Airport

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Dublin Airport’s terminal 2.

It was only a few years ago that Dublin Airport had one terminal and not that many long haul flights.

Now, according to the latest ACI Europe’s Airport Industry Connectivity Report, it is one of Europe’s leading airports for both direct connectivity and hub connectivity.

The report said that Dublin Airport’s hub connectivity has increased by 286% over the past 10 years, making Dublin one of four new entrants to the best hub connectivity rankings alongside Düsseldorf, Warsaw and Berlin Tegel airports.  One of the attractions of using Dublin as a hub is that it has entry clearance for those travelling to the USA meaning when they arrive in New York, Chicago or wherever they don’t have to face those agonisingly long queues to get through passport control. Both in the US and in the UK, airlines and airports are promoting their links via Dublin to passengers.

On top of this, the airport has increased the number of destinations to where it has direct flights. A generation ago, you caught a plane from Dublin to Heathrow and changed to your final destination flight. In most cases that doesn’t need to happen anymore.  The airport is now in Europe’s top twenty of airports for having the greatest number of direct flights.

According to Dublin Airports’ MD, Vincent Harrison, over the past three years alone Dublin Airport has seen 53 new routes and capacity increases on 84 existing services.”

He went on to say that this growth has resulted in Dublin Airport becoming not just the biggest economic powerhouse in the whole of Ireland it supports or facilitates 117,300 jobs and is worth €8.3 billion to the Irish economy annually.

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