Ireland’s Busiest Airport Welcomed 2.8 Million Passengers In October

Ireland’s Busiest Airport Welcomed 2.8 Million Passengers In October

A total of 2.8 million passengers passed through the doors of Dublin Airport in October, which was 4% higher than in the same month last year, according to airport operator daa. 

A busy October, buoyed by tens of thousands of rugby fans travelling to and from France for the Rugby World Cup, saw a further 177,000 transfer and transit passengers use Dublin Airport. 

Once more in October, passengers enjoyed a smooth experience at security screening with 98% of passengers through security in less than 20 minutes.

The busiest day of travel at Dublin Airport in October was Sunday, September, October 8 as thousands of Irish rugby fans made their way back from watching Ireland defeat Scotland in Paris. While the Dublin-Paris route was busy during the month, the most popular destination in October was once again London Heathrow, with the route remaining one of the busiest in Europe.

 In October, carbon per passenger at Dublin Airport was 0.56kg, a reduction of -8% on 2022 performance. This data relates to our scope 1 and 2 emissions and a rolling annual average carbon figure.

According to Kenny Jacobs, CEO of daa: "The Ireland rugby team arrived home a few weeks earlier than we'd have hoped, but they generated a huge level of excitement and our terminals at Dublin were a sea of green jerseys each weekend in the early part of October.

"The number of fans travelling to France from Dublin Airport were amongst the highest we've ever seen travelling to support Ireland at a major sporting event. October also saw many families escaping the miserable wet weather in Ireland with an autumn trip to the sun, with our routes to the Canaries, southern Spain and Portugal proving very popular. That's likely to continue through November and we're seeing a lot of interest in our North America routes too as people seek some Florida sunshine or early Christmas shopping in New York."

October 2023 In Numbers (Dublin Airport)

Number of Passengers

2.8 million

Transfer Passengers


Transit Passengers


Number of Flights


Through Security in <20 minutes


Busiest Day of Travel

Sunday October 8

Busiest Destination

London Heathrow

Flights Departing On-Time


Flights Departing On-Time (First Wave)


Load Factor 


Baggage Return (average time, first bag)

18 minutes