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February Passenger Numbers Once Again Above Pre-Covid Levels at Dublin & Cork Airports

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Dublin Airport

6th Mar 2023

Dublin Airport Served Record 2.06 Million Passengers in February 
+ 157k Passengers Travelled Through Cork Airport
+ Dublin & Cork Airports Cut Energy Use By Almost One Fifth

Dublin, Monday, March 6: February was another record month at both Dublin and Cork airports with 2.06 Million and 157,000 passengers travelling through respectively, according to the airport’s operator daa.

The number of passengers through Dublin Airport in February was 3% higher than in February 2019 and 1% higher than in the previous busiest ever February (2020). The number of passengers at Cork Airport was 4% higher than in February 2019.

The number of passengers travelling through Dublin Airport in February was 55% higher than those seen in February 2022, with numbers in Cork Airport up 63% on February 2022.

At Dublin Airport, February saw some of the busiest days of 2023 so far, with a busy period around Valentine’s Day followed by strong travel activity during the school mid-term break. Nevertheless, security screening once again moved smoothly throughout February with 96% of passengers passing through in less than 20 minutes and virtually all through in under 30 minutes.

At Cork Airport, passenger numbers through the opening two months of the year totalled 318,000  which is 96% higher than in 2022 and up 6% on 2019.

Overall, the total number of passengers carried by daa’s two Irish operated airports during February this year was 2.22 Million, up from 2.16 Million in February 2019 and 1.42 Million in February 2022.

Reacting to the February performance at daa’s Irish airports, daa CEO Kenny Jacobs said: “The addition of an extra Bank Holiday weekend in February, combined with Valentine’s Day and the mid-term school break, meant February was another very busy month at both Dublin and Cork airports. Passenger numbers at both airports were boosted by the Six Nations rugby, which saw thousands of French fans travelling to watch their match against Ireland, while many thousands of Irish fans headed to the games in Wales and Italy.

“The busiest day at Cork Airport during the month was Sunday, February 19 with 7,382 passengers travelling through, while the busiest day at Dublin Airport was Sunday, February 12 with 96,000 passengers. The most popular destination from both Dublin and Cork airports was London Heathrow. In total, 83% of flights from Cork Airport departed on time in January, while 80% were on time leaving Dublin Airport.”

“March is set to be another busy month and we’re expecting passenger numbers to once again be close to 2019 levels, with two more rugby internationals set to take place, either side of what will be a busy St Patrick’s Day period. I want to say a big thank you to our teams at Dublin and Cork airports for their commitment and effort.”

Airports Cut Energy Use
Both Dublin and Cork airports exceeded their energy targets in February. daa’s target (set in October 2022) of achieving a 10% reduction in electricity and gas consumption in Terminals and Campus buildings at both airports by the end of February was met, with a 17% drop in energy use reported at Cork Airport and a 19% drop at Dublin Airport versus the October 2019 and February 2020 period.

The reductions were achieved by identifying over 50 measures to reduce energy use over the winter months. These ranged from dimming lighting both internally in terminals and externally on campus roads and car parks, reducing escalators and travellators run times, and reducing the temperature in the campus buildings and terminals.

Shampoo & Water Top Security No-No List 
daa is reminding passengers due to fly over the coming weeks and months to plan in advance for security screening at the airport to help reduce the time it takes to get airside.

Dublin Airport reported that the item most commonly relinquished by passengers at security screening was a bottle of water, while at Cork Airport it was shampoo bottles that exceeded the 100ml limit.


February 2023 in Numbers at daa’s Irish Airports
Cork Airport Dublin Airport
Number of Passengers 157,000 Number of Passengers 2,060,000
Number of Flights 1,109 Number of Flights 15,703
Through Security in <20 mins 98% Through Security in <20 mins 96%
Busiest Day for Travel Sunday, February 19 (7,400) Busiest Day for Travel Sunday, February 12 (96,000)
Busiest Destination London Heathrow Busiest Destination London Heathrow
Item most relinquished at security screening Shampoo Item most relinquished at security screening Bottle of water
Energy Use -17% (versus Oct 2022) Energy Use -19% (versus Oct 2022)
Flights Departing On-Time 83% Flights Departing On-Time 80%