Dublin has the fastest growing airport in Europe

It's attracting passengers at twice the EU average

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A general view of the departures area in Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport | Image: RollingNews.ie

Dublin Airport is the fastest growing major airport in Europe, according to Airports Council International Europe, a trade association for airports.

Passenger numbers in Dublin increased by 13.4% to more than 13 million during the first half of 2016.

The next fastest growing airports were Barcelona's El-Prat Airport, Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Copenhagen Airport and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport with growth of between 12.7% and 9.9%.

Its surge was over twice the European average growth rate of 4.9% and the EU average of 6.2%.

“Dublin Airport had a very strong performance in the first half of this year, welcoming just over 13 million passengers,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison in a statement.

“The growth in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport is having a significant impact on the Irish economy bringing increased trade and investment and also driving higher visitor numbers, which is in turn boosting the Irish tourist industry,” he added.

A 2015 study by economic consultants InterVistas showed that Dublin Airport is a key strategic asset for the Irish economy as it supports or facilitates 97,400 jobs and contributes €6.9bn to the economy.

Dublin airport had a record-breaking year in 2015 carrying 25 million passengers and it expects to have more than 27 million pass through in this year.

Expansion

DAA, has formally issued tender documentation inviting bids to design and build a new 3.1km runway parallel to, and to the north of, the existing main runway at Dublin Airport.

The airport authority expects to award the contract and issue a commencement notice to the successful bidder next April and preliminary works could then commence as early as next June.

DAA has placed an estimated cost of €320m on the new facility, €70m more than currently approved in higher airport charges by the aviation regulator, CAR.