Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport (DUB)

Dublin Airport (DUB)

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Dublin Airport is a large, international airport found approximately 10km, or 6.2 miles north of Dublin city. It’s traffic figures are recorded at over eighteen million per annum, with makes it the busiest destination in Ireland, including Northern Ireland, and one of the tenth busiest in Europe for international traffic. The location is allocated the IATA code of DUB in order to distinguish it from similar establishments, and it’s ICAO code is listed as EIDW. It serves the city of Dublin, and many other surrounding areas, and there are a large number of airline carriers in operation from the terminal buildings. The airport facilities and transport options are extensive as well.

Dublin Airport is located in Collinstown, in the county of Fingal, Ireland, and is just south of Swords. It is also particularly nearby the areas of Forrest Little, Marshallstown, Cloghran, Ashbourne, Newtown and Silloge. The motorway closest to the airport is the M1, providing access from Dublin city and from areas to the north as far as Belfast in Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). From Belfast the M1 passes the areas of Lisburn, Newry, Dundalk, Drogheda and Swords. It is also linked to the M50 ring road of Dublin city, from where many other main roads branch out to various areas of Ireland. To the north-west of the airport is Navan and Kells, accessed by the M3, to the west is Maynooth, Kinnegad, Athlone and Galway, along the M5 and M6 and to the south and southwest are the areas of Portlaoise, Kilkenny, Thurles, Killarney, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Gorey, Wicklow, Greystones and Dun Laoghaire, with the N11, M9, M8 and M7 leading towards Dublin.

Private vehicles can be used to reach a departure flight, as the parking facilities available are extensive. There are thousands of spaces in both short-term and long-term parking lots, and almost a hundred reserved spaces for disabled passengers. Around 700 buses also travel to the airport from many of the above mentioned areas, from Dublin city centre and from the Connolly Train Station and the Heuston Train Station. Unfortunately, at present, the plans for a direct rail link from Dublin to Swords has been postponed. It would have been an underground service known as the Metro North line. Taxis are available from and to the airport, serving areas within a radius of thirty kilometres.

The airport’s current facilities include two passenger terminals and one main runway. There is also another runway, but this one is closed to allow overspill aircraft parking. It is the oldest runway and also the shorter of the two. In future years it will disappear under the new runway which is planned to be built parallel to the main runway, at a length of 3,110 metres (or possibly even 3.660 metres), adequate for long-haul carriers and enabling direct flights from Dublin to the Far East. The new runway will accommodate up to thirty million passengers per annum once in operation. In 2008 the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), the sites' management company, announced that the new runway will only be possible in a few years time due to the need to cut costs. The main 10/28 runway measures 2,637 metres in length, and is made of concrete. Further developments planned for the near future include a new air traffic control complex and control tower, since that the new runway will obstruct visibility of certain parts of the airport from the existing control tower.

Over recent years the airport of Dublin became congested, and the need for a new terminal was imminent. Even though many extensions were made to Terminal 1 over the years, it’s infrastructure was insufficient to handle the volume of passengers. This brought about the construction of Terminal 2, a 75,000 square metre terminal with the capacity to handle up to fifteen million passengers per annum and designed to cope with short and long-haul flights. The plans for the building of Terminal 2 were under much criticism, as it was stated that due to it’s location it also could not be further expanded to provide additional capacity. The airline company of Ryanair also wanted the terminal to be a low-cost facility, and run by a competing operator. However, Terminal 2 was decided to be operated by the DAA. The terminal was completed in 2010, and cost 395 million Euro. A new pier (Pier E) was also constructed perpendicular to the terminal, with boarding gates 401 to 426, and a new multi-storey car parking area for Terminal 2 passengers. Provision of sites have been made for a new ground transportation centre and a metro station which could be part of the airport’s future developments. A third terminal could also be built between the parallel runways, and another pier (Pier F) is to be constructed when needed to the south of Terminal 2.

Terminal 2 is home to the airline company of Aer Lingus, and others operating long-haul flights, including Etihad Airways, United Airways, Emirates, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Terminal 1 has been in existence since 1972, and back then it was capable of processing just five million passengers per year. Pier A was the first extension made for Terminal 1, and this section was again expanded in the 1990’s. Next, a new pier named as Pier C was built, featuring air bridges, and upon it’s completion, work immediately began to double it’s capacity. The original terminal’s ground floor was also re-opened to provide additional departure gates. The latest development for Terminal 1 is Pier D, opened in October 2007, and is a dedicated area to the north of the terminal for the low-cost airline company of Ryanair. It features fourteen quick turn-around stands and departure gates which are not served by air bridges. Pier D is linked to Terminal 1 by an elevated Skybridge, which provides passengers with magnificent views of the airport activities. Terminal 1, for short-haul flights, is home to the following airline companies and more: Aer Arran, Aer Lingus Regional, Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, BMI, Blue Air, Flybe, Germania, Iberia, Lufthansa and Lufthansa Regional, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines and Thomson Airways.

Dublin Airport has extensive plans to increase long-haul flights, and have already successfully implanted routes to North America and the Middle East, however, a route to East Asia has not yet been secured. Routes to Dubai and Abu Dhabi were dropped in previous years, but in 2010 Etihad Airways announced a new service to Abu Dhabi to be operated twice a day, and in September of the same year U.S. Airways announced direct flights to Charlotte in North Carolina. From January 2012, Emirates have had a new route to Dubai as well, which will be available year-round. A great change in the airport’s procedures regarding flights to the United States came about in March 2007, when the Open Skies agreement was relinquished. For years flights to the U.S. had to make a ‘Shannon Stopover’, as the Irish government insisted that fifty percent of transatlantic flights to this country must pass through Shannon Airport, located on the west coast of Ireland. The agreement started to lose it’s significance in 1993, when a new bilateral agreement was signed enabling some direct transatlantic activities. The agreement was further diminished in 2006 when more direct flights were allowed, and by 2008, flights from Dublin could operate freely, without the need to match those to and from Shannon. Dublin is also only one of two airports that are not located within North America with United States border preclearance services for passengers on flights heading to the U.S.

The most popular international routes served from Dublin in 2010 were to London-Heathrow with over 1.4 million passengers, to London Gatwick, with almost 850,000 passengers and to London Stansted with almost 720,000 passengers. The next five airports of significance were Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Manchester, Birmingham, New York-JFK and Malaga. Traffic numbers increased from 1999 to 2008, but a decline was seen in 2009 and 2010, when figures dropped from over 23 million to only 18.4 million in 2010. However, 2011 has once again showed an increase by 1.7 percent, and ended with 18,741,095 passengers. In 2010, DUB served 177 routes by 63 airline companies, of which 155 were scheduled, and on average, the airport has around 150,000 aircraft movements per annum. Cargo traffic is handled at the airport as well.

The airports' facilities are extensive, and include all services required by arriving and departing passengers in terms of banking, business, shopping, catering, children and disabled persons. Both terminals are very well equipped, and the need to transfer between terminals is only occasionally required. Further information is available from the Dublin Airport Switchboard, at +353 (0)1 814 1111. An email address which can be used is information.queries@daa.ie.

The Air Transport Association (IATA) code for Dublin Airport is DUB. We have provided the GPS location which are as follows 53.43333, -6.25000 to help either your arrival directions or perhaps give you directions from the airport to your chosen destination.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered from Dublin with approximate times.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Heathrow (LHR) 105 449 Km (279 Miles)
Gatwick (LGW) 68 484 Km (301 Miles)
Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 56 784 Km (487 Miles)
Stansted (STN) 45 470 Km (292 Miles)
Manchester (MAN) 42 264 Km (164 Miles)
Edinburgh (EDI) 36 336 Km (209 Miles)
Bristol (BRS) 36 331 Km (205 Miles)
Frankfurt (FRA) 33 1,084 Km (674 Miles)
Birmingham (BHX) 31 321 Km (199 Miles)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 28 749 Km (465 Miles)

Here you can see the busiest Airlines that fly from the airport are Aer Lingus, Ryanair and British Airways amongst others. They cover 99 flight routes out the total of 94. The busiest which is Aer Lingus covers a total of 510 flights per week and goes to 47 destinations. Aer Lingus covers 28 % of all the total outbound flights. Aer Lingus airline offers flights to London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Amsterdam-Schiphol, Manchester, Birmingham International and Charles De Gaulle among others.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights with approximate times

Airliner Destination Flight Time (Est)
Aer Lingus Heathrow (LHR) 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Aer Lingus Gatwick (LGW) 1 Hour 23 Minutes
Aer Lingus Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Aer Lingus Manchester (MAN) 47 Minutes
Aer Lingus Birmingham (BHX) 57 Minutes
Aer Lingus Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 1 Hour 44 Minutes

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