Dublin airport welcomed a file 2.06 million passengers final month, boosted by an extra financial institution vacation weekend, the mid-term faculty break and the Six Nations Championship.
The determine for February 2023 was 3 per cent increased than the identical month in 2019, and 1 per cent increased than the earlier file of February 2020. It was additionally 55 per cent increased than February 2022, when journey was nonetheless being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Operator daa mentioned that 96 per cent of passengers handed by means of safety screening in underneath 20 minutes over the course of final month, with “nearly all by means of in underneath half-hour”.
Throughout daa’s two Irish operated airports (together with Cork) passenger site visitors totalled 2.22 million, up from 2.16 million in February 2019.
Earlier this month airport operators affiliation ACI EUROPE revealed its newest figures for site visitors at European airports, exhibiting Dublin as one of many high group 1 airports by way of the the biggest proportion rise in passenger site visitors in January 2023 in contrast with the identical month in 2022 (up 113.5 per cent).
ACI: 4 in ten European airports have now recovered pre-pandemic site visitors volumes
Daa additionally supplied an replace on its vitality targets, with Dublin airport recording a 19 per cent drop in electrical energy and fuel consumption in Terminals and Campus buildings between October 2022 and the tip of February 2023, in contrast with the identical interval between October 2019 and February 2020.
The operator mentioned the discount was achieved by figuring out over 50 measures to cut back vitality use over the winter months, starting from dimming lighting each internally in terminals and externally on campus roads and automotive parks, to decreasing escalators and travellators run instances, and decreasing the temperature within the campus buildings and terminals.
Commenting on the information daa CEO Kenny Jacobs mentioned:
“The addition of an additional Financial institution Vacation weekend in February, mixed with Valentine’s Day and the mid-term faculty break, meant February was one other very busy month at Dublin Airport.
“Passenger numbers have been boosted by the Six Nations rugby, which noticed hundreds of French followers travelling to observe their match towards Eire, whereas many hundreds of Irish followers headed to the video games in Wales and Italy.
“The busiest day at Dublin Airport was Sunday, February 12 with 96,000 passengers. The preferred vacation spot from Dublin was London Heathrow and a complete of 80 per cent of flights have been on time leaving Dublin Airport.
“March is about to be one other busy month and we’re anticipating passenger numbers to as soon as once more be near 2019 ranges, with two extra rugby internationals set to happen, both aspect of what is going to be a busy St Patrick’s Day interval.”