One of Europe’s busiest airports to cap passengers through early 2023
Passenger growth at Dublin Airport has peaked, with total ticket sales in 2018 having declined almost 3% against the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Transport.
The figures, published in the Irish Independent this morning, show the number of passengers using the Dublin Airport Terminal 5 has fallen by around 3% year-on-year in 2018, from a total of 25.2 million in 2017 to 25.1 million in 2018.
The Irish airport is forecast to see an 8% fall in passenger numbers this year.
Passenger numbers at the airport are expected to continue to decline in 2019, with passengers down 7% year-on-year to an estimated 17.4 million.
It’s one of Europe’s busiest airports and accounts for 80% of all inbound and outbound passengers at the country’s main gateway.
Its arrival and departure terminals, which can accommodate up to 6.5 million passengers, see around 1.6 million passengers passing through each day, with 1.3 million customers using the departures terminal and 1.1 million using the arrival terminal.
It’s the second busiest airport in the country after the Cork airport.
Passengers also account for more than half of the total passenger figures at Dublin Airport – with its arrival terminal accounting for around 22% of all passengers and the departure terminal 24%, the figures reveal.
Dublin Airport operates three terminals at an estimated total of 6.5 million passengers.
The decline in passenger figures at the airport follows a year-on-year increase in average revenue per passenger from €14.28 in 2017 to €15.48 in 2018 – making the airport the world’s 19th-fastest increasing member of Skytrax list.
The figures also reveal that passenger numbers are the highest recorded at the airport since it opened in 2003.
The airport’s two busiest terminals saw more than 90,000 passengers – or 3% of the total – passing through it in 2018 for the first time in three years.