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Monday, February 5, 2018

Dublin Airport - Social Media Awards

Dublin Airport has been shortlisted for three international social media awards.

The Moodies, which reward best practice in social and digital media among airports and airport retailers globally, has nominated Dublin Airport for the Best Twitter Feed, the Best Use of Instagram and the Best Use of Social & Digital Media by an airport.
“Social media has been an essential element of our communications activities for several years and we are delighted that our efforts have been recognised with these awards nominations,” said daa’s Chief Communications Officer Paul O’Kane.
“Social media allows Dublin Airport to connect with the public in an engaging and informal way,” Mr O’Kane added. “Our social media channels are perfect for getting clear messages out quickly, posting information and updates on key developments and allowing Dublin Airport to have conversations with its customers through sharing photos, videos, and user generated content.”

Dublin Airport has twice previously been named the world’s Best Airport Twitter Feed at the Moodies and has also won four other awards for its social media accounts.

Dublin Airport has the world’s fourth largest Twitter account with more than 260,000 followers. Last year, Dublin Airport’s tweets were seen by 28 million people at home and abroad, almost matching the airport’s record throughput of 29.6 million passengers in 2017.

Dublin Airport is shortlisted in the Twitter category alongside airports such as Amsterdam Schiphol, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Dubai and several international airport retailers.

In the Instagram category, Dublin Airport’s account, which has almost 34,000 followers, is shortlisted alongside airports such as Changi in Singapore, Chicago O’Hare, Heathrow, LAX, and Sydney.

Dublin is one of 10 airports shortlisted in the overall use of social media category, alongside airports such as Bristol, Changi, Copenhagen, Dallas, Helsinki, Heathrow, and Ireland West.

The Moodies, which are now in their fifth year, are organised by the Moodie Davitt Report and cover 22 separate categories for social, mobile and digital media activity by airports and airport retailers globally.

The award winners will be announced later this month.

Dublin Airport - Busiest December Ever At Dublin Airport

More than 2.1 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last month, making it the busiest December in the airport’s history.
Passenger numbers were up 6% during the month.
Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 8% with more than 988,000 people travelling to European destinations during the month.

UK traffic remained static, with over 800,000 passengers travelling to and from UK destinations in December.

Transatlantic volumes increased by 18% as almost 234,000 passengers travelled to and from North America during the month.

Other international passenger traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East and Africa, grew by 20% with more than 82,000 passengers travelling this route sector in December.
Passenger numbers on domestic flights declined by 5%, with almost 8,500 travelling on domestic routes during the month.

More than 128,000 passengers transferred at Dublin during December, which was a 20% increase.
Dublin Airport welcomed a record 29.6 million passengers in 2017, a 6% increase over the same period last year. An additional 1.7 million passengers travelled through the airport in 2017.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Dublin Airport - Christmas 2017

Christmas Entertainment Schedule 2017  

Almost 1000 performers from local schools and choirs will be rocking around the Christmas tree at Dublin Airport over the next 11 days, bringing some festive cheer to passengers coming home for Christmas, visitors to Ireland and to those waiting on the arrival of their loved ones.

There will be entertainment in the Arrivals area of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 from Wednesday, December 13

Ryan Tubridy’s RTE Radio One show will broadcast live from Arrivals in Terminal 2 from 9-10am on Friday December 22 and 2FM’s Nikki Byrne and Jenny Greene will also broadcast their show live from 10am – 1pm on the same day.

This year will be one of the airport’s busiest musical schedules ever, according to Dublin Airport Spokesperson, Audrey O’Hagan. “We have almost 40 performances taking place between both terminals up to Christmas Eve. “Many schools, choral societies and music groups love to come back to perform for passengers every year and we’re delighted to see the return of some old friends again this Christmas.”
Rolestown NS, St Stephen’s NS, Gaelscoil Cholmcille, St. Margaret’s NS, Mary Queen of Ireland NS, Portmarnock Community School, St. Cronan’s Junior NS, Scoil an Duinnínigh and Scoil Mhuire are just some of the schools from Fingal that will entertain passengers at the airport this Christmas.

“We would like to thank the children and teachers from all those schools who have taken time out from their daily school activities to perform for passengers.  All these performances bring a very special atmosphere to the airport at Christmas,” Ms O’Hagan added.

Passengers arriving at night will be greeted by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen Choir, Young European Strings, Cor Duibhlinne and Comhaltas Ceoltórí Eireann from Portmarnock, the Airport Police and Fire Service Band, Fingal Gospel Choir and the Dublin Gospel choir amongst others.  


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dublin Airport - August Bank Holiday

More than 400,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport this August Bank Holiday Weekend from Friday, August 4 to Monday, August 7. 
Passenger figures are up 4% over the same weekend last year, with over 2,669 flights expected to arrive and depart during this time.
This Sunday is set to be the busiest day of the weekend with over 104,000 passengers expected to arrive and depart through both terminals.
Dublin Airport has welcomed more than 804,000 additional passengers during the first half of 2017, with passenger numbers increasing by 6% to just over 13.8 million during the first six months of the year.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dublin Airport - June Passenger increase.

More than 370,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport this June Bank Holiday weekend, a 6% increase over the same weekend last year.
Over 2,660 flights will arrive and depart this June Bank Holiday, which is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year so far, according to Dublin Airport spokeswoman Siobhán O’Donnell.
“We’re expecting over 90,000 passengers per day over the four days between Friday, June 2 and Monday, June 5.  Friday will be the busiest day of the weekend with more than 700 aircraft arriving and departing in a single day,” Ms O’Donnell said.
"As this weekend is set to the busiest of the year so far we strongly advise passengers to prepare for security screening in advance and to go directly to the security screening area once they have checked-in.
“Dublin Airport’s route network is set to expand further over the coming months as five new long-haul and six new short-haul services are being launched this year providing passengers with greater choice and flexibility,” she added.
More than 8.3m passengers have used Dublin Airport in the first four months of the year, which is a 7% increase over last year. This means that Dublin Airport has welcomed almost 528,000 additional passengers during the first four months of the year.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dublin Airport - Agadir

Dublin Airport Welcomes  Air Arabia Maroc is to operate a new twice weekly scheduled service from Dublin to the Moroccan city of Agadir from October.
The new service will commence this winter and will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays.
“We are delighted to welcome Air Arabia Maroc to Dublin Airport and to Ireland,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “This new service means that once again Irish holidaymakers will have a direct scheduled service to Agadir, which is a very popular winter sun destination.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dublin Airport - One of Worlds Best

Dublin Airport is one of the best 10 airports in the world, according to a new international survey based on passenger ratings.
Dublin was the tenth best airport in the world last year, according to users of the travel website eDreams. Helsinki-Vantaa was named the world’s best airport, while Berlin Schönefeld was found to be the worst airport in 2016.
The ranking is based on more than 65,000 passenger reviews, and covers overall airport quality, waiting areas, shopping, and restaurants.
“We are delighted to have been named one of the world’s best 10 airports in this new international study” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “We strive to offer our every one of our 28 million passengers the best possible experience when using Dublin Airport. This result is a huge recognition of the daily efforts of all of our employees to make each passenger’s journey as smooth and as pleasant as possible.”

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dublin Airport - Clayton Hotels

Clayton Hotels (Formally Bewleys) Dublin Airport announce the introduction of Premium Parking.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dublin Airport - 27M Passengers

Dublin Airport has already welcomed more than 27 million passengers this year.
The 27 million passenger milestone was achieved yesterday, as the Christmas rush began in earnest. The airport’s previous annual passenger record was 25 million passengers, which was set last year. The airport is closed on Christmas Day, meaning there are another 12 days of business remaining in 2016.
“We have had a very busy year at Dublin Airport and have been setting new passenger records every month,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “Dublin Airport has been the fastest-growing major airport in Europe this year, due to the introduction of 19 new routes and also additional capacity in the form of extra flights or larger aircraft on 31 of our existing routes,” he added.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dublin Airport - Crystal Valet

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Dublin Airport - Special Offers Special Offers from Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport.....

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Sales Dates – 18th October 2016                  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dublin Airport - Car Parking Discounts Special Offers from Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport.....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dublin Airport - New Runway

DAA formally seeks bids for the €320m project and hopes to award contract by April.
Work is likely to begin on Dublin Airport’s new runway by the end of next June after its owner, DAA, formally sought bids for the €320 million project on Monday.
The airport manager issued a tender document inviting bids to design and build the new north runway that the State company announced earlier this year.
DAA hopes to award the contract and issue a commencement notice to the successful bidder in April 2017. This means that work could begin by the end of the first half of next year. It is expected to be finished in 2020.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dublin Airport - Summer Plans

Dublin Airport is expecting its busiest ever summer, with a total of 13 new routes/services, comprising seven short-haul and six long-haul destinations are being added to the flight schedule.  
Dublin Airport will have almost two million extra seats available this summer, which is a 9% increase in capacity compared to last summer.  

Dublin Airport - April 2.2 M Passengers

More than 2.2 million passengers used Dublin Airport in April, a 10% increase on the same period last year.
Passenger volumes to and from Continental Europe increased by 9% with over 1.1 million passengers travelling this route sector in April.  UK traffic increased by 11% as almost 812,000 passengers travelled to and from the UK last month.
Transatlantic passenger volumes grew by 19% with almost 196,000 passengers travelling to and from North America in April.  Other international traffic, predominantly to the Middle East, declined by 6% as almost 58,000 passengers travelled to and from these destinations in April.
Domestic traffic rose by 16% with over 7,500 passengers travelling on domestic routes in April.
The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination increased by 31% with almost 66,000 passengers connecting through Dublin Airport last month.
Almost 7.8 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first four months of this year, a 15% increase over the same period last year.
Dublin Airport has welcomed over 1 million additional passengers so far this year.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Dublin Airport - One Million Passengers

One million passengers have been processed using the U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility at Dublin Airport in a single year.

Dublin Airport preclearance facility opened in 2010
The milestone has been highlighted as a significant achievement in the airport’s 75-year history not only for volume but also because it’s the only major airport in Europe to offer preclearance service. According to the airport, Dublin preclears up to 20 flights per day to ten destinations in the United States.
Commenting on the facility Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport managing director, said: “Preclearance enables passengers to save time on arrival in the U.S. by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.
“After landing, precleared passengers pass through their airport as if they were on a domestic flight—they just head for the door. The only line passengers may find after arriving in the U.S. is for the taxi to get to their final destination,” Harrison added.
Remarking on the achievement of recent figures, Tish Lagerwey, CBP’s Dublin port director, said: “This was reached as a result of hard work and the successful partnership between all parties and we are looking forward to continued growth of Dublin preclearance.”

11 January 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dublin Airport - Air Canada

Air Canada rouge has announced that it will operate a new direct summer service from Dublin Airport to Vancouver next year.

The new route, which will operate three times per week, is Dublin Airport’s first direct service to the west coast of Canada. Air Canada rouge, which is Air Canada’s leisure brand, has been operating a Dublin-Toronto service since May 2014.
Image of the Vancouver waterfront and skyline
“We’re delighted to add Vancouver to our growing list of destinations from Dublin Airport, and we look forward to working with Air Canada rouge to promote this new service,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

Dublin Airport - Ratings Agency

S and P upgraded the Dublin Airport Authority from BBB+ to A-
The Irish government would bail out the Dublin Airport Authority if it needed to, according to ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P), in its recent justification for upgrading the authority’s credit rating.

S&P upgraded the Dublin Airport Authority’s credit rating from BBB+ to A-, based on its assessment that the company’s links with the state were now ‘strong’ rather than ‘limited’.

The ratings agency said that because of the strong links between the airport operator DAA and the government, they were upgrading their view of the likelihood of extraordinary support for DAA by the government to moderately high from moderate.

The note from S&P said that, “Although there has been no track record of providing timely extraordinary credit support to date, as it has never been needed, we have revised the likelihood of support upward because we believe that if DAA encountered financial difficulties and required such extraordinary support, the government would be willing to provide it.”

It continued: “We also understand it is government policy to monitor the financial sustainability of DAA and ensure that DAA can meet its financial obligations on time.”

In August, the government published an aviation policy for the country in which it said it was no longer considering privatising the authority because of its strategic importance to the Irish economy.

The agency said in its report that, “We are therefore raising our long-term corporate credit rating on DAA to ‘A-‘ from ‘BBB+’.”

It said, “The stable outlook reflects our view that DAA’s credit measures will remain broadly stable over the next couple of years, and that Dublin Airport will continue to be owned by the government.”

The company’s short-term corporate credit rating remains at ‘A-2’.

In addition, S&P raised its issue rating on the senior unsecured notes issued by DAA’s financing subsidiary, DAA Finance, to ‘A-‘ from BBB+’.

S&P also assigned an ‘A-‘ issue rating to a new €300 million, five-year revolving credit facility due in November 2020.

The independence or privatisation of Cork Airport could still be considered at the next review in 2019, the note said, but pointed out that Dublin Airport is of strategic importance and that “its future is critically bound up with the Irish economy”.

In the first nine months of 2015, Dublin Airport’s traffic numbers were 15.3 per cent higher than the same period in 2014. Dublin airport generates about 80 per cent of the DAA’s earnings.

According to S&P, improving macroeconomic conditions in Ireland and the launch of 25 new routes so far this year have bolstered the passenger volumes.

The report said, “We forecast that these two effects together will lead to an increase of about 12 per cent in reported EBITDA for 2015.”

Sunday Business Post

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Airport - Boarding Cards

Airports - Passengers not obliged to show boarding cards in airport shops. Industry sources warn prices may rise if boarding cards are not shown

Retailers operating in Dubin Airport have said consumers do not have to show boarding passes when making purchases but sources say a widespread failure to produce them would ultimately lead to prices rising.

WH Smith, which operates several concessions in the airport, said boarding passes “were requested from customers and not demanded” and there was no obligation on the part of consumers to comply with the request.

Similarly the DAA, the company that manages the shops at Dublin and Cork airports, said it asked all customers for boarding passes but would only insist they were produced when customers were attempting to buy duty-free products such as tobacco and alcohol.

A DAA spokesman said passengers were routinely asked for boarding cards and if they refused, they were asked to supply an end destination. If they refused to provide this, the sale could still be processed as long as the products were not in the duty-free category.

The retailers were responding as a controversy grows in the UK over reports that many retailers who operate in international airports are maximising their profits by scanning boarding passes and using the information to claim VAT back from passengers who travel outside of the EU while refusing to pass rebates back to customers.

Under EU law retailers can claim back VAT on sales to those leaving the EU but they have to process boarding cards in order to claim it.

Around 20 per cent of passengers who fly through Dublin Airport are travelling to destinations outside the EU. However with the exception of duty-free areas, the savings are not passed directly on to them.

Airport sources in Ireland said that if this consumer movement gathered momentum in the Republic than prices would inevitably climb.

“If a large number of VAT rebates could not be processed then that would hit retailers profits and their ability to pass on savings to consumers. So ultimately it would see charges rise for all passengers.”

The DAA said shops run by its subsidiary Aer Rianta International (ARI) “offer a single price to all customers across many product categories, whether they are travelling to a duty paid or to a duty-free destination. In this way, we pass on VAT savings for duty-free passengers to all of our customers.”

It said it had two separate prices for alcohol products – duty paid and duty free – and also sells premium liquor brands at a reduced, fixed price for travellers to all destinations. It claimed that prices on many product ranges were as much as 20 per cent below those charged in non-airport shops.

“Boarding cards are scanned by ARI for a number of reasons. These include checking whether a passenger is travelling to a duty-free or duty-paid destination and understanding passenger spending patterns,” it said. “We use this information in conjunction with other market research to improve the retail offer in our stores, and to help plan staffing levels.”

When contacted by The Irish Times WH Smith said that boarding passes were requested from passengers but not demanded. “Any [VAT] relief obtained is reflected in our single price and extensive promotional offers provided to all of our customers,” it said. “Operational and financial system constraints make any form of ‘dual pricing’ for our extensive product file a practical impossibility.”

Meanwhile, the Competition and Consumers Protection Commission has urged retailers operating in Irish airports “to be very clear with their customers as to the circumstances where they collect VAT on behalf of the State or where VAT is not charged”.

A spokeswoman also said “consumers should also be advised of the reasons why boarding cards are requested when making purchases in Irish airports. This information will allow consumers to make an informed decision and decide if they wish to make purchases from the retailers operating in Irish airports.”

Irish Times

Monday, April 6, 2015

Dublin Airport - Aer Lingus Flyers

DUBLIN - Aer Lingus flyers 13m fee windfall. Aer Lingus could cut at least £10m (€13m) from ticket costs overnight after Heathrow Airport revealed plans to slash its passenger charges.

Heathrow has unveiled proposals to slash fees for passengers travelling in and out of the world's third biggest airport. It plans to cut charges by £5 for European passengers and £10 for domestic passengers. This will cut the cost it levies on people flying between Ireland and Heathrow to £24.59 (€33).
The move should immediately lower costs for the two million passengers Aer Lingus flies in and out of Heathrow every year, provided it passes the savings on. Aer Lingus flies to Heathrow from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast. The savings will be even bigger for Belfast flights, since Belfast to Heathrow is a domestic UK route. The savings would begin from the start of next year.
However, not all of Heathrow's proposals will lower costs for Aer Lingus.