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Welcome to Ireland’s busiest air hub. Dublin Airport serves up to 80,000 passengers a day, which ranks it in the top 10 busiest airports in Europe. It is the gateway to Ireland and over 600 aircraft arrive and depart from here every day flying 175 routes worldwide. Flying to destinations as diverse as New York, Tel Aviv and Dubai, Dublin International Airport’s most popular international destination is London. Dublin Airport serves 22 intercontinental destinations, with 17 of those being in North America. Recently, the airport has opened up routes to Los Angeles and Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines, opening passenger access to the African continent and strengthening its reputation as a developing transatlantic hub. The majority of flights here are operated by Aer Lingus, although 41 other airlines are represented. Although, it was originally constructed to meet the needs of 100,000 passengers a year, the construction of a second terminal building in 2010 has now increased the airport’s capacity to 35 million travellers annually.
Dublin International Airport has two terminal buildings. The original Terminal 1 building opened in 1972 and has seen considerable development and extension work since. Home to all short haul flights, except those provided by Aer Lingus, Terminal 1 has also recently become the base for Air Canada’s Rouge service to Toronto. Ryanair operate all of their flights from this airport from Terminal 1. This terminal provides all necessary services and a selection of shops, bars and restaurants including a McDonald’s outlet, a juice bar and an extensive Duty Free shop.
Dublin Airport Terminal 2 was opened in 2010 and is the base for many major international and long haul airlines including Aer Lingus, Delta, Emirates and US Airways. Terminal 2 also offers the United States pre-clearance immigration facility, which can only be found at one other airport in Europe. This terminal building offers a huge selection of food and drink outlets including Burger King, a Gourmet Burger Kitchen and an O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Bar. Also, terminal 2 offers a comprehensive range of passenger facilities from a multi-faith prayer room to printing facilities. Both terminal buildings now offer free Wi-Fi access to travellers.
The airport is located about 10 kilometres outside of the city centre but is served well by road and bus links. There are numerous bus and coach services operating from locations around the city and offering a link to the terminal buildings. The bus services are provided by AirLink, Aircoach and Airport Hopper. AirLink provides a direct service from the train and bus stations as well as from the city centre. Aircoach runs 24 hours a day and has services operating to the centre of the city as well as to South Dublin and Greystones. The city centre service offers a door to door service from all the major hotels. The Airport Hopper service stops at multiple convenient locations in a range of city areas.