Air traffic between Ireland and the UK is on course to break last year’s record of 12.8m passengers, with Irish people seeking good value in the UK due to the stronger euro.
Dublin Airport was ranked as the 15th busiest in Europe during H1. The airport saw 13.8m passengers during this time which is an increase of 6.2% vs H1 2016. Overall for the year, the airport is expected to handle 30m passengers. 2016 saw it deal with 28m passengers. The Airport is expected to enjoy extra passengers’ due to a new Dublin to Doha service, along with a new Dublin to Miami service. Norwegian Air International’s new services to the USA has led to passenger numbers increasing at the airport also.
Kevin Toland the Chief Executive of Dublin Airport Authority has said the amount of UK visitors to Dublin Airport are ‘falling like a stone’. Passengers numbers for the airport were up 6% however inbound trips from the UK have fallen 7%. 42% of tourists coming to Ireland are from the UK.
The Irish luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, has pulled in €1.7m in revenue during Q2. A 7-day ticket for the service costs €8,919 and have almost sold out for the remaining 7 weeks of the season. October 20th will see the last train run for the year.
ACI Europe have reported that European airports have enjoyed their best run in 10 years. Passenger numbers have increased by 30% since 2012. Brexit however remains a worry for many European airports and the impact it will have.