A new transfer facility has been launched at Dublin Airport to enable it to transfer traffic between Europe and North America.
Constructed with an investment of €16m, the new facility provides additional capacity to manage four times the number of passengers currently being handled.
The new area is located next to Pier 4, close to Terminal 2. It is part of Dublin Airport’s €100m investment programme for 2018, and is expected to enhance the experience of transferring passengers.
The number of travellers transferring at Dublin Airport has risen from 550,000 in 2013 to nearly 1.6 million in 2017. This year, connecting passenger numbers have increased by a further 17%.
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: “We have been growing Dublin Airport as a connecting gateway between Europe and North America steadily over the past five years and this new transfer facility will help us to further expand that business.
“Growing this part of our business is hugely important in helping us to expand our route network at Dublin Airport, as these additional transfer passengers underpin the viability of a route and also encourage airlines to launch new services and add capacity on existing routes.”
Delivered by Flynn Management & Contractors, the new three-storey building features boarding card checkpoints, airline information desks and immigration and customs facilities for transfer passengers to complete a one-stop flight connection process within Pier 4.
The facility also includes an additional access route for passengers travelling by bus from other areas of the airport.
Completed in 14 months, the design of the new building allows natural light to enter the facility.
There are plans to offer an art installation inspired by the song 40 Shades of Green, which was written by Johnny Cash while on a trip to Ireland.
This installation will be part of the airport’s ongoing Sense of Place project, which seeks to offer travellers a sense of Ireland’s culture and history while at the airport.