Dublin Airport became the fifth-fastest growing airport for passenger numbers in August, across all large European airports.
It was also the fourth-busiest airport in Europe for that month, handling 3.07 million passengers, a 6.6% increase on August 2016.
Airports Council International said that the fastest-growing large European airport is Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, which saw a 19.6% growth rate, while passenger numbers at Istanbul Ataturk are the highest at 6.6 million
Dublin Airport is still on course to see around 30 million visitors in 2017.
Dublin Airport isn’t the only location to be looking at growing passenger numbers – Heathrow Airport visitor numbers rose to over 7 million in September, with annual traffic coming to 77.4 million, which is a new record.
This is a 9% growth in traffic compared to 2016, partly put down to new routes on both an international and regional scale.
In addition to this, cargo is also on the rise with record breaking performance for a 14th month in a row.
Over 140,000 metric tonnes of cargo was seen at the airport last month,with top countries for growth in volumes as the US, United Arab Emirates, China and Russia.
The idea of being able to get a train to Dublin airport is only a fictional one as the National Transport Authority has confirmed that there is
no plan to extend the Dart to the airport.
NTA’s 2016-2035 plan for Greater Dublin does not include a plan for the rail link, but a spokesperson confirmed that a Metro link is being examined.
An Iarnrod Eireann spokesperson said: “…Iarnrod Eireann does believe that the alignment should be protected to ensure the strategic option remains for any subsequent transport strategy, in line with the EU’s transport policy goal that key gateway airports be connected to the national rail network, to maximise sustainable travel to/from the airport, and given the forecast expansion of the airport into the future.”
Etihad CEO says low-cost carriers have the right strategy
Ahead of Etihad Airways completing its strategic review, CEO Peter Baumgartner has made a series of observations and highlighted what low-cost airlines in Europe are doing right.
He used the Smartphone as an example to illustrate how expectations of customers have changed and said how technology is enabling airlines to segment products and allow people to select what they want.
He said: “The LCCs have shown how it works. The definition of a great airline has changed. The days are over when it was about the flattest bed…”
He said that their success comes from delivering a product that’s on time and affordable, saying: “So that’s the definition of the best airline in the world and that’s changing everything.”