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By Chamber Press Office, 15 August 2018
Dublin Chamber has welcomed the continued progress being made in increasing the number of transfer passengers coming through Dublin Airport.
The Chamber was reacting to figures released today by Dublin Airport which show that 952,000 transfer passengers passed through Dublin Airport in the first 7 months of 2018 - a 17% increase on the same period last year.
Dublin Chamber said the figures bode well for Ireland's ability to continue to attract new flight routes and airlines to Dublin Airport.
According to Dublin Chamber Chief Executive Mary Rose Burke: “The very strong figures for the first 7 months are further validation of Dublin's standing as an international hub for air travel. Dublin Airport's strategy to get more people to use Dublin as a transfer hub has proven phenomenally successful in recent years. Go back 5 years and Dublin Airport was welcoming around 500,000 transfer passengers per year. We're now welcoming almost double that number in just 7 months. This is good news for Ireland as it increases the likelihood of airlines bringing more flights and capacity to Dublin. That improved connectivity helps make Dublin and Ireland a more attractive place to do business in."
Dublin Chamber said that the overall passenger figures for July, which showed that an all-time record number of passengers (3.3 million) travelled through Dublin Airport in the month, were in-keeping with the impressive consistent growth that has been achieved at Dublin Airport over recent years.
Ms Burke said: "We fully expect the number of passengers travelling through Dublin in 2018 to once again break all records. There is a clear opportunity to keep growing these numbers. The challenge now is to ensure that Dublin Airport is equipped to take advantage of further growth opportunities in the coming years. This includes the delivery of the much-needed new North Runway and improvements to terminal facilities."