The majority of visitors to Ireland enter the country via Dublin Airport, so the arrivals lounge can resemble a United Nations assembly at times, with people from all over the world streaming through. Of course, the global economic slump has seen a drop in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport, but things are starting to look up.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) reports that passenger traffic at Dublin Airport rose by 2% in 2011, to 18.8 million passengers, with the biggest growth among passengers coming from outside Ireland.
This recovery can only get stronger, with a DAA growth incentive scheme that rebates passenger service charges to airlines that reach specific traffic growth rates.
So where do all these international travellers hail from?
20 busiest international routes 2011
London Heathrow 1,556,565*
London Gatwick 924,295
London Stansted 753,393
Paris-Charles de Gaulle 608,353
New York 433,783
London Luton 325,394
Chicago O’Hare 254,771
Abu Dhabi 229,215
Berlin Schönefeld 213,601