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Just over 3.5 million passengers travelled through Ireland’s two busiest airports – Cork Airport and Dublin Airport – in June as the busy summer season fully kicked in.

Figures published by daa, the operator of the two airports, show that a total of 308,100 passengers went through Cork Airport in June, while around 3.2 million passengers passed through the terminal doors of Dublin Airport.

Numbers travelling through both airports were swelled by many thousands of tourists arriving into Ireland for summer vacations all around the island, along with tens of thousands of concertgoers visiting Ireland to see top acts such as Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, and Pink.

The busiest day of the month at Cork Airport was Friday, 21 June. At Dublin Airport, the busiest day in the month was Sunday, 23 June, when just under 120,000 passengers moved through the terminals.

Kenny Jacobs, CEO of daa, commented on the significant traffic:

“June was a big month at both Cork and Dublin airports as we welcomed hundreds of thousands of business and leisure passengers into and out of Ireland. Big events such as concerts are now a big draw for tourists into Ireland and we’ve had no shortage of those all-around Ireland over the past month.”

He further noted Cork Airport’s performance:

“June was very busy at Cork Airport, with over 308,000 passengers travelling to and from the busiest airport serving the South of Ireland. The month saw two new Ryanair summer services starting up to Rhodes and Zadar, with both performing extremely well so far. Traffic to and from France was considerably higher than last year, with 32% more passengers travelling on services between Cork and France, aided by the increased capacity on the Air France service between Cork and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Cork Airport is providing a gateway for tourists from mainland Europe to fly into the south of Ireland and I’m delighted that Lufthansa will operate larger A319 aircraft on their Frankfurt service in July. Throughout the month, Cork passengers enjoyed a very efficient airport experience with an average of five-minute security queue times across the month.”

Kenny Jacobs

also highlighted Dublin Airport’s achievements:

“The terminals at Dublin Airport were equally very busy with American and Asian tourists coming to Ireland for summer holidays and golf and hiking trips. This inward tourism is hugely valuable for the whole of Ireland as they arrive into Dublin Airport before heading off to visit and spend money in all 32 counties. Every day in June saw more than 100,000 passengers travelling through Dublin Airport and that trend is set to continue through July and August with demand to fly in and out of Ireland remaining extremely high. The team at Dublin Airport, including our brilliant security officers who got 96% of all departing passengers through security screening in under 20 minutes in June, are knocking it out of the airfield this summer by providing passengers with a very smooth and enjoyable experience.”

June 2024 In Numbers
 Cork AirportDublin Airport
Passengers through terminals308,100 (+10% vs. June 2023)3,192,906 (+3% vs. June 2023)
Connecting passengers0155,547
Other passengers02,685
Number of flights1,98322,507
Busiest dayFriday, June 21Sunday, June 23
Through security in < 20 mins100%96%
Load factor88%89%
Bag return time (average)12 minutes20 minutes
On-time departures (first wave)83%87%
On-time departures (overall)74%74%
Most popular destinationLondon HeathrowLondon Heathrow