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3.5 Million Passengers Through Ireland’s Two Busiest Airports in June

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Armstrong Medical Ltd

8th Jul 2024

Just over 3.5 million passengers went through Ireland’s two busiest airports – Cork Airport and Dublin Airport – in June as the busy summer season fully kicked in.

Figures published by daa, the operator of the two airports, show that a total of 308,000 passengers went through Cork Airport in June, while around 3.2 million passengers passed through the terminal doors of Dublin Airport.

Numbers travelling through both airports were swelled by tens of thousands of concert goers visiting Ireland to see top acts such as Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Pink, along many thousands of tourists arriving into Ireland for summer vacations all around the island.

The busiest day of the month at Cork Airport was Friday, June 21. At Dublin Airport, the busiest day in the month was Sunday, June 23 when just under 120,000 passengers moved through the terminals.

According to daa CEO Kenny Jacobs: “June was a big month at both Cork and Dublin airports as we welcomed hundreds of thousands of business and leisure passengers into and out of Ireland. Big events such as concerts are now a big draw for tourists into Ireland and we’ve had no shortage of those all-around Ireland over the past month.

“The terminals at Dublin Airport were very busy with American and Asian tourists coming to Ireland for summer holidays and golf and hiking trips. This inward tourism is hugely valuable for the whole of Ireland as they arrive into Dublin Airport before heading off to visit and spend money in all 32 counties. Every day in June saw more than 100,000 passengers travelling through Dublin Airport and that trend is set to continue through July and August with demand to fly in and out of Ireland remaining extremely high. The team at Dublin Airport, including our brilliant security officers who got 96% of all departing passengers through security screening in under 20 minutes in June, are knocking it out of the airfield this summer by providing passengers with a very smooth and enjoyable experience.”

Mr Jacobs added: “June was equally as busy at Cork Airport, with over 308,000 passengers travelling to and from the busiest airport serving the South of Ireland. The month saw two new Ryanair summer services starting up to Rhodes and Zadar, with both performing extremely well so far. Traffic to and from France was considerably higher than last year, with 32% more passengers travelling on services between Cork and France, aided by the increased capacity on the Air France service between Cork and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Cork Airport is providing a gateway for tourists from mainland Europe to fly into the south of Ireland and I’m delighted that Lufthansa will operate larger A319 aircraft on their Frankfurt service in July. Throughout the month, Cork passengers enjoyed a very efficient airport experience with an average of five-minute security queue times across the month.”

June 2024 In Numbers
Dublin Airport Cork Airport
Passengers through terminals 3, 192,906

(+3% vs. June ’23)

Passengers through terminals 308,100

(+10% versus June ’23)

Connecting passengers 155,547 Connecting passengers 0
Other passengers 2,685 Other passengers 0
Number of flights 22,507 Number of flights 1,983
Busiest Day Sunday, June 23 Busiest Day Friday, June 21
Through security in <20 mins 96% Through security in <20 mins 100%
Load Factor 89% Load Factor 88%
Bag return time (ave) 20 mins Bag return time (ave) 12 mins
On-time departures (first wave) 87% On-time departures (first wave) 83%
On-time departures (overall) 74% On-time departures (overall) 74%
Most popular destination London Heathrow Most popular destination London Heathrow