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