The airport welcomed 21.71 million passengers in 2014. As of earlier this week, some 21.96 million passengers had already passed through its doors, already surpassing last year’s numbers, with another seven weeks left to spare in the busy run up to Christmas.
While Dublin Airport’s busiest year occurred in 2008, with almost 23.5 million passengers, airport bosses believe the record is likely to be broken this year.
“Dublin Airport is already ahead of last year in passenger numbers with more than half of November and all of December still to come,” said managing director Vincent Harrison.
“We’ve had a fantastic year with passenger numbers up 15%, which is equivalent to almost 2.9 million extra people using the airport so far this year.”
Mr Harrison said the growth has been reflected across all parts of the business.
“We’re seeing growth in all segments of the market, from both Irish-based customers and overseas passengers,” he explained.
“We’ve had 23 new routes this year and extra capacity on a large number of existing services. Every month since April has been a new record month for traffic at Dublin Airport and I’d like to thank our airline customers and our passengers for that.”
According to data from ACI Europe, passenger numbers at the airport are expanding by more than twice the European average, making it one of the fastest growing airports in Europe.
Continental European traffic, which is the largest segment of the market at Dublin Airport, is up 15% to almost 11.4 million, while the number of passengers flying between Ireland and the UK is also up by 15%, to 7.6 million so far this year.
Transatlantic traffic is up 17% to 2.2 million while traffic to the US and the Middle East has increased by 29% to 695,000.
Meanwhile, Shannon Airport has also reported an increase in passenger numbers.
“Shannon Airport is continuing to perform strongly with six percent growth achieved in passenger numbers last month compared to October 2014,” said a spokesperson.
“Shannon remains on track to achieve overall passenger growth in 2015.”
Interestingly, while the number of passengers flying in and out of the country is on the up, the number of aircraft landing and taking off from both Shannon and Cork airports has actually decreased.
According to the latest figures from the Irish Aviation Authority, Dublin Airport traffic climbed by 9.4% last month compared to the same period last year.
In comparison, traffic at Shannon Airport decreased by 19.1% this October compared to last October while traffic at Cork Airport fell by 1.1%.
“The reduction mentioned in the IAA report refers to commercial daily movements, landings and take-off of aircraft, at Shannon in October. The average aircraft size on schedule passenger services has increased with more passengers per plane,” said a spokesperson from Shannon Airport.
“Despite less commercial movements, higher load factors have resulted in an overall 5% increase in passenger numbers year–to-date.”