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By Chamber Press Office, 15 January 2019
The consistent strong growth in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport is further validation of plans for MetroLink, according to Dublin Chamber.
The Chamber was reacting to the news that Dublin Airport welcomed a record 31.5 million passengers in 2018 - including 5 million long haul passengers.
According to Mary Rose Burke, CEO, Dublin Chamber: “The strong growth in passenger numbers is a reminder of why the MetroLink project, which will provide a fast and efficient rail link between Dublin City Centre, Dublin Airport and the rapidly-expanding north County Dublin area, should be progressed without delay. Ten years ago the debate was centred on the merits of a second terminal at Dublin Airport. While the naysayers cried ‘white elephant’, the DAA got on with building Terminal 2, a decision which has allowed for hugely impressive growth in passenger numbers over the past decade. Indeed, since Terminal 2 opened, passenger numbers have soared from 18.4 million to 31.5 million. The same foresight and ambition that was shown with Terminal 2 is now required for MetroLink. We’ve been talking about a rail link to between Dublin Airport and the city centre for decades. It’s time for the dithering to stop and for construction to start.”
The Chamber said improvements to other infrastructure at Dublin Airport are also essential if the impressive growth of recent years is to be maintained.
Ms Burke said: "The opportunity is there for continued growth, but the challenge now is to ensure that Dublin Airport is equipped to capitalise on further opportunities over the coming years. DAA deserve huge credit for their ability to plan for growth at Dublin Airport and we welcome the progress being made on the new North Runway, as well as new boarding gates and aircraft parking stands. These types of development are often deemed to be expensive, but the proof is there that investment in good infrastructure will ultimately pay off. Dublin Airport is a vital piece of national infrastructure, with four out of every five visitors who arrive to Ireland by air coming through it. Ensuring that Dublin Airport is able to keep growing is therefore of national importance."