It was a busy fes­tive pe­riod for Dublin Air­port once again

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

DUBLIN Air­port had its busiest Christ­mas sea­son on record this year, as just over 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple are ex­pected to ar­rive and depart dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

From Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21 to Fri­day, Jan­uary 4, 2019 an es­ti­mated 1,136,000 peo­ple trav­elled through Dublin Air­port. The num­bers trav­el­ling this year are up 8% com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

This was the busiest Christ­mas in the air­port’s 78-year his­tory, ac­cord­ing to Dublin Air­port spokesper­son, Siob­hán O’don­nell.

She said: ‘Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21 was ex­pected to be the busiest day be­fore Christ­mas, with 94,000 pas­sen­gers due to ar­rive and depart through both ter­mi­nals, while Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28 was ex­pected to be the busiest day af­ter Christ­mas, par­tic­u­larly with pas­sen­gers head­ing to win­ter sun and ski­ing des­ti­na­tions.’

‘Dublin Air­port is a truly mag­i­cal place at Christ­mas time with many won­der­ful, emo­tional fam­ily re­unions at ar­rivals in Ter­mi­nal 1 and Ter­mi­nal 2,’ O’don­nell added.

She con­cluded: ‘Over the years we have had a num­ber of Christ­mas mar­riage pro­pos­als, and ev­ery year we have grand­par­ents see­ing their grand­chil­dren in the flesh for the first time – whether that be Ir­ish emi­grants re­turn­ing home or peo­ple from over­seas vis­it­ing their fam­ily here.

‘In­creas­ingly, those wait­ing to meet their loved ones at Dublin Air­port are en­ter­ing into the spirit of Christ­mas by dress­ing up and mak­ing signs to wel­come fam­ily and friends.’

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