March 2018 saw an increase in passengers traveling through Dublin Airport with thanks to Saint Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday.

No Storm Emma or Beast from the East can put a dampener on the Irish Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations it seems as Dublin Airport reports an increase in the passengers traveling in March 2018, despite the airport being forced to close for several days because of adverse weather conditions.

In total, 2.3 million passengers traveled through Dublin Airport in March, a 3% increase over the same period last year and a new record for the month. It’s thought that St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday and an early Easter falling at the end of March helped numbers even with two days lost.

“The increase was achieved despite the disruption to the airport’s flight schedule for almost two days as a result of Storm Emma,” said Dublin Airport spokesperson, Siobhán O’Donnell.

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Dublin Airport during Storm Emma. Image:

Dublin Airport during Storm Emma. Image:

“The storm had a significant impact on airport operations both in Dublin and at airports throughout Britain,” she added.

Travel between Ireland and the Middles East and Ireland and North American saw the largest increases, with a jump of 30% and 24% respectively. Almost 258,000 passengers traveled on transatlantic routes in March while over 78,000 passengers traveled in March to the Middle East.

Traffic between Ireland and the UK was the only destination to see a decrease, falling by 5% to over 807,000 passengers traveling to and from Britain in March.

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In the first quarter of 2018, more than six million passengers have traveled through Dublin Airport, a 4% increase on 2017. The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect to another destination also increased by 9% with more than 93,000 passengers connecting through Dublin Airport in March.

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