Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell is pleased with the fact that passenger numbers at Dublin Airport significantly increased in 2014.
“The Dublin Airport Authority announced at the end of December that 21.7 million passengers used Dublin Airport in 2014. This represents an 8 percent increase on the total number of passengers for 2013. It is encouraging news that this growth is not confined to one particular sector. In fact, long-haul traffic has increased by 14 percent, short-haul traffic has increased by 7 percent and transfer traffic is up 37 percent in comparison with 2013.
“Any increase in passenger numbers in Dublin Airport is good news for Dublin Fingal. With a greater number of routes becoming available, and tourist numbers continuing to increase, more money is coming into our local economy. The most recent CSO figures available show that, over 7 million people visited Ireland during the first eleven months of 2014. Dublin Fingal has a vast amount of attractions and wonderful scenery to attract tourists and the appeal of the North County is bolstered by the presence of the Airport in the constituency.
“Tourism has proven to be an important catalyst of economic growth. With increasing levels of tourism come greater levels of expenditure and job creation in our local communities. The Government is committed to supporting the tourism sector and this is evident through the retention of the 9 percent reduction of VAT on tourism related services in Budget 2015 along with the reduction of the air travel tax rate to zero. In fact, 14 new services from Dublin Airport have already been established for 2015.
“In addition to the success of the Dublin Airport Authority in 2014, tourism agencies and Government policies had an equally successful year. The task is now to ensure that 2015 is an even more successful year for tourism, particularly in Dublin Fingal.”