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Travelers gather at baggage claim in Mc Carran Airport Travelers gather at baggage claim in Mc Carran Airport
Nellie Chapman | 25 January, 2018, 01:26

Passenger traffic grew by 80% with 599,146 passengers in 2017, compared to 333,368 passengers in 2016.

The figures show that 27.8 million passengers started or ended their journey at Dublin past year, while a further 1.8 million passengers used the airport as a hub.

June was the busiest month at Indianapolis International Airport in 2017 with almost 420,000 passengers.

Dublin Airport partly attributes its strong growth to a significant increase in long-haul traffic.

Traffic between Dublin and United Kingdom airports increased by 1% to just under 10 million a year ago, which was also a new record.

Germany-based freight forwarder Senator International plans to increase its number of flights between Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and Frankfurt-Hahn Airport.

Passenger traffic to and from continental Europe increased by 7% to a record 15.2 million in 2017.

And while a breakdown of passenger numbers from Northern Ireland has yet to be revealed, it's understood around 1.2 million used the hub previous year.

Puckering said those flights, combined with the winter flights from Air Transit and Sunwing to southern destinations, made for a very successful year.

The Department also said that ground transportation set a new milestone of 5.4 million airport pick-ups by taxis and ride-share apps.

"We saw growth from all of our major airline customers during the year", said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison. In addition to the new nonstop service, our network performed well in city pairs that the airlines have served historically.

"The continued growth at Dublin Airport is fantastic news for the Irish economy".

News of new transatlantic routes to Boston, New York and Toronto starting from May 2018 with Primera Air were announced as well as new routes, to Goa and Phuket with TUI and Marsa Alam with Thomas Cook to name a few.