Dublin Airport enjoys busiest day in its history

Almost twice the Aviva Stadium's capacity availed of the airport one Friday last month...

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Dublin Airport has reported its busiest day in its 76-year history, as it played host to over 100,000 travellers on Friday June 24th.

The landmark comes after the airport enjoyed its most successful year in 2015.

Some 25 million passengers used the airport that year, up 15%, with the DAA planning to create a total of 350 new jobs in 2016 to deal with the increase in traffic.

Dublin Airport welcomed over 10.3 million passengers in the first five months of 2016, representing a 15% increase, or an extra 1.3 million passengers so far.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said:

"We have welcomed 17 new routes and services this year and another two long haul routes will be launched in September.

"Every single week since May 15th has been busier than our busiest week in 2015. And this will also be the case for every week right through to early October."

"We continue to invest in new facilities and services to enhance the passenger experience for all customers," Harrison continued. "We are currently investing €10 million to upgrade the arrivals area in Terminal 1. We have also installed new automatic tray return systems at passenger screening to help make this process more efficient, keeping security queue times down."

In the May air traffic report from European airport trade association ACI Europe, Dublin Airport boasted the second highest growth (11.6%), just behind Barcelona El-Prat (12.3%). It had been topping that list earlier in the year.