Dublin Airport gets new Morocco service this winter

As new stats show Irish airports handled over 10% more passengers last year...

Dublin Airport gets new Morocco service this winter

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Air Arabia Maroc has announced its plans to launch a service from Dublin to the Moroccan city of Agadir.

The twice-weekly flights start taking off from October, operating on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said of the addition:

"We are delighted to welcome Air Arabia Maroc to Dublin Airport and to Ireland.

"This new service means that once again Irish holidaymakers will have a direct scheduled service to Agadir, which is a very popular winter sun destination."

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The Agadir route is one of 11 new services that will be launched at Dublin Airport this year.

In the first three months of this year, a record 5.8 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport, a 5% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Last year, Dublin Airport had direct flights to 185 destinations in 41 countries, operated by a total of 47 airlines.

New Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures released today show that 32.8 million travellers passed through Irish airports in 2016, an increase of 10.3% over the previous year. 

Passenger numbers increased in all airports with the exception of Waterford. Dublin Airport accounted for 84.6% of all passengers in 2016.

Of the 3.1 million additional passengers travelling through Irish airports in 2016, 2.8 million (92%) passed through Dublin Airport.

More than 247,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in 2016. Dublin accounted for almost 83% of all flights (204,563) while Cork handled 8% of all flights (19,908).

London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Manchester were the most popular routes for Dublin Airport passengers last year.

For Cork, the top three routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and Amsterdam.

In Shannon, the main routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and New York-John F Kennedy.

London-Stansted, London-Luton and Liverpool-John Lennon were the most popular routes to and from Knock.

In 2016, almost nine out of every 10 passengers (87.8%) on international flights in the five main airports were travelling to or from Europe.

The two most popular countries of origin/destination were the United Kingdom and Spain. Outside of Europe, the United States was the most popular country of origin/destination in 2016.