July was a record smashing month for Dublin Airport

More and more people are flying to and from Ireland

July was Dublin Airport's busiest month on record as 2.9 million passengers touched down and set off from Ireland's main airport.

These numbers are 9% higher than the corresponding month in 2015.

Traffic to and from continental Europe enjoyed an 8% bounce as 1.6m people flew between Ireland and 'the continent.'

900,000 passed between Dublin airport and the UK - that's 13% higher than the previous year.

Transatlantic traffic was up by 7% with 343,000 more passengers flying between Dublin and North America.

In the year to the end of July close to 16m passengers used the airport - that's 12% higher than 2015.

By the end of July Ryanair had carried 110.7 million customers so far in 2016 - with 11.3 million people flying with the Irish airline during July alone.

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

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%.

The 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.