Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 1.1 million to 20.2 million last year, it was announced today.
The 6% growth in passenger numbers included a record 13% increase in transatlantic traffic.
As a result of the strong growth in passenger numbers, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said it is to pay a €5.6m rebate in airport charges to a total of 40 airlines that increased their business at Dublin Airport during 2013.
Under its Growth Incentive Scheme, which has operated since 2011, DAA pays an airport charges rebate to each airline that increases its passenger numbers at Dublin during the year.
Airlines that increased passenger numbers at Dublin Airport last year and are being paid rebates under the scheme include; Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Ryanair, SAS, Tarom, and United.
DAA has recently decided to renew the Growth Incentive Scheme for a further three years up to 2016.
“Dublin Airport had an excellent performance last year,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. “Passenger numbers increased across all areas of the business and Dublin Airport’s growth outperformed the European average in every month of 2013.”
“We saw a record 1.9 million people flying between Dublin and North America last year, as our airline customers added extra capacity to existing routes and we also saw the start of a new daily American Airlines service to JFK in New York.”
Long-haul traffic to the Middle East grew by just over 13% last year and passenger numbers travelling to and from Dublin Airport’s largest markets of Europe and the UK also increased.
Transfer traffic saw strong growth during 2013, as transfer passengers increased by 36% to almost 550,000.
Last year was Dublin Airport’s third successive year of growth and the airport’s busiest year since 2009.
“We’re very positive about 2014, as we already have 16 new services scheduled and significant expansions of some existing services have also been announced,” said Mr Harrison.