TRAFFIC AT DUBLIN Airport topped 20 million passengers last year and was the busiest year at the airport since 2009.
The figures from the Dublin Airport Authority showed a 6 per cent increase, boosted in large part by a spike in transatlantic traffic of 13 per cent.
The transatlantic traffic increase saw 1.9 million people flying between Dublin Airport and North America last year. Long-haul traffic to the Middle-East grew by just over 13 per cent last year with UK and European markets also recording increases.
The DAA say that there is already 16 new routes planned for 2014 with expansions of some existing services also in the pipeline.
As a result of the passenger rise, DAA will pay a €5.6 million rebate in airport charges to a total of 40 airlines that increased their business at Dublin Airport during 2013. This rebate is part of the Growth Incentive Scheme which has operated since 2011.
“This incentive scheme was designed to encourage growth in passenger numbers and we are delighted to have paid a rebate in each of the three years it has operated,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar congratulated the DAA for the results and referenced The Gathering as a measure that showed the Government’s commitment to aviation.