Home to Aer Lingus, Emirates, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Norwegian, the multi award-winning passenger terminal facilitates flights to 94 destinations - 60 European, 14 in Britain, 17 in North America, one in the Middle East, and two in Ireland.
Terminal 2 was designed to improve the passenger experience at the airport and to help boost Dublin Airport’s connectivity.
And it certainly seems to have worked as long-haul connectivity has grown by more than 150% since the new terminal opened, while short-haul connectivity has increased by 51%.
Dublin Airport’s passenger numbers have increased by more than 60% since T2 opened in 2010 and are up a further 6% so far this year.
Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison, said Terminal 2 has been a huge success and has delivered significant benefits to the Irish economy.
“Terminal 2 has been a key asset in driving connectivity and growing passenger numbers by more than 60% since 2010 and this growth stimulates tourism, trade and investment throughout the country,” enthused Harrison.
“T2 has also helped bring significant improvements in Dublin Airport’s customer satisfaction ratings during this time.”
The advent of T2 and its US preclearance facility has also helped deliver a huge expansion in transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport over the past eight years.
“We have worked closely with our airline partners to grow North American connectivity and to build a substantial transfer business,” added Harrison.
“Dublin Airport’s transatlantic traffic has more than doubled since 2010 and Dublin is now the sixth largest gateway between Europe and North America."
A record 3.5 million transatlantic passengers were welcomed last year and transatlantic traffic is up a further 16% so far this year. In 2010, when T2 opened, Dublin Airport had 1.5 million transatlantic passengers per year.
There has also been strong growth in the airport’s transfer business. The number of connecting passengers has increased fivefold since 2010 to almost 1.6 million passengers last year.
Three new transatlantic routes will start next year, as Aer Lingus will launch flights to Minneapolis-St Paul and Montréal, while American Airlines will operate flights to Dallas.