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Dublin celebrates Terminal 2's fifth anniversary

Designed to improve the passenger experience at the airport and help boost its connectivity, Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 celebrates its fifth birthday today.

Dublin Airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison, calls the terminal an "enormous success”, and it is hard to argue with him based on the upturn in traffic at the gateway since it first opened its doors in 2010.

Indeed, Terminal 2 has welcomed 46 million passengers over the past five years and is now home to Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines.

“We have been strengthening connectivity and growing our passenger numbers every year since 2010 and the airport has also improved its customer satisfaction rating during the same period,” enthuses Harrison.

“Dublin Airport has welcomed a total of 13 new long-haul services since 2010, and has also significantly expanded its short-haul network.”

And it gets better as Terminal 2 will have three new transatlantic services next summer, with direct Aer Lingus flights to Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford Connecticut.

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This summer, Dublin Airport was Europe’s sixth largest airport for transatlantic connectivity according to Mr Harrison.

Only the main European hubs of Heathrow, Schiphol, Paris CDG, Madrid and Frankfurt had more flights to the United States and Canada than Dublin this summer,” he notes.

Dublin Airport is the only major airport in Europe that offers US pre-clearance facilities, which is a unique feature of Terminal 2.

This service enables US-bound passengers to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Dublin prior to departure.

Last year, Dublin Airport welcomed a record 2.1 million transatlantic passengers.

And there has been further significant growth in this market during 2015, as transatlantic passenger numbers have increased by 17% so far this year.

In 2010 when T2 opened, Dublin Airport had 1.5 million transatlantic passengers.

Today, the award-winning passenger terminal has flights to 90 destinations - 56 European, 17 in Britain, 11 in North America, two in the Middle East, two in North Africa and two in Ireland.


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