Dublin Airport welcomes a dizzying array of individuals 24 hours a day, 364 days a year (it closes Christmas Day), so it’s a vast source of weird and wonderful facts. We’ve selected a dozen of our favourites for you:
- Dublin Airport handles an average of 60,000 passengers per day – but this can rise to some 80,000 daily in the peak summer season.
- More than 248 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport since it opened in 1940 – that’s nearly a quarter of a billion people!
- A total of 62 airlines fly in and out of Dublin Airport.
- Some 600 take-offs and landings take place daily.
- Passengers can choose from a whopping 171 routes.
- Most popular global destination: London
- Most popular long-haul destination: New York
- The Dublin Airport Search Unit dog Storm is trained to detect large amounts of cash, suspected to be destined for money laundering.
- Dublin Airport Customs officials seized €37,000 hidden in a man’s underwear at Dublin Airport in 2011.
- A live Chihuahua was seized and placed in quarantine after it showed up in an X-ray of a man’s hand luggage in Dublin Airport. The man, who had travelled from Bulgaria and changed planes in Madrid, intended to give the dog as a gift but wanted to bypass quarantine laws.
- Terminals 1 and 2 is are both 75,000 square meters – the equivalent of five Croke Parks each!
- Dublin Airport provides 7,000 sandwiches, 5,000 hot meals, and 12,600 hot beverages daily.
Enjoy your flight!