Aug. 14, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
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A record 3.1 million passengers travelled through the Republic’s biggest airport in July, figures released on Monday show.
Dublin Airport said that July traffic grew 6 per cent on the same month last year to 3.12 million passengers.
July was the first time in Dublin’s 77-year history that it has handled more than three million travellers in a single month.
The number was also higher than the total number of passengers that travelled through there throughout all of 1986.
Total traffic for the seven months to the end of July also increased by 6 per cent over the same period last year to 16.9 million.
Dublin said that despite handling an extra 980,000 people so far this year, it has improved time performance by 2 per cent.
The airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison, described the July results as a major milestone.
“Growing passenger numbers mean additional jobs at the airport and businesses throughout the country that benefit from growing tourism and additional trade and investment,” he said.
Mr Harrison added that Dublin Airport played a significant role in Irish tourism’s record performance this year.
Transatlantic travel grew 18 per cent to a new record with more than 404,000 people travelling on flights between Dublin and North America last month.
Travel to and from Europe also reached a new high, growing by 7 per cent to more than 1.7 million.
UK traffic was flat at 896,000 passengers. In line with recent trends, the number of those travelling from Britain to Dublin fell.
However, an increase in those going from Ireland to Britain compensated for this.
The tourism industry has already warned that the continuing fallout from last year’s UK vote to leave the EU has hit the number of British holidaymakers coming to the Republic.
Dublin Airport handled a record 28 million passengers last year.