February Passenger Numbers Once Again Above Pre-Covid Levels at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport Served Record 2.06 Million Passengers in February 

February was another record month with 2.06 Million passengers travelling through Dublin airport.  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).  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. 

Overall, the total number of passengers carried by daa’s two Irish operated airports, Dublin and Cork 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.

Dublin Airport Cut Energy Use

Dublin airport exceeded energy targets in February 2022. daa's target (set in October 2022) of achieving a 10% reduction in electricity and gas consumption in Terminals and Campus buildings by the end of February was met, with 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.