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About Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport terminal highway

Dublin Airport is an international located in Dublin, Ireland and is the main and busiest airport in the country. The airport is followed by Cork Airport as the two main airports in the Republic of Ireland. As Ireland is a small country, Dublin Airport mainly facilitates international flights, flying passengers in and out of the country. However, there are a few Irish domestic flights on airlines Aer Lingus Regional and Stobart Air.

The airport mainly handles short-haul and medium-haul to other destinations within Europe, with some airlines flying long-haul flights to destinations in North America and Asia.

Dublin Airport is a hub for Aer Lingus, Stobart Air and CityJet, as well as a secondary base for Ryanair and Norwegian.

The airport opened in 1940 and has undergone a number of expansions and renovations in its time. These include developments such as new terminal buildings, the introduction of a new air traffic control complex and new runway which is set to be complete by 2021. 

What is the airport code for Dublin Airport?

The airport code for Dublin Airport is DUB.

Airport Location

Dublin Airport is located in Swords, Dublin, which is north of the centre of Dublin. It usually takes around 30 minutes to drive from Dublin Airport to the city centre. However, it can take up to an hour at busier times of the day. 

 

Facilities

Information sign at airport

Dublin Airport has a wide range of facilities to use and enjoy both before and after passing through security. The airport also has an array of airport and airline lounges, with the majority of them situated at Terminal 2 of the airport. 

Facilities Include:

  • Free WIFI
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange
  • Charging stations
  • Multifaith prayer room
  • Catholic Church
  • Airport lounges
  • Rental car
  • Parking
  • Medical facilities
  • Baggage storage
  • Baggage wrapping
  • Babycare facilities

Lounges Include:

T1 Lounge

Located at: Terminal 1

  • Free bar
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • TV screens
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

T2 Lounge

Located at: Terminal 2

  • Free bar
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

Aer Lingus Revival Lounge

Located at: Terminal 2

  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Clothes press

 

Aer Lingus Lounge

Located at: Terminal 2

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge

Located at: Terminal 2

  • Free dining
  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Children's area

 

51st&Green

Located at: Terminal 2

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens

 

Runways

Aerial view of Dublin Airport runway

Credit: Thomas Nugent under this license.

Dublin Airport currently has two active runways, runway 28/10, runway 34/16 and one inactive runway, runway 11/29

Runway 28/10 (2,637m in length) is the main runway at the airport and is used for the majority of flights that depart and arrive at the airport.

Runway 34/16 (2,072m in length) is very rarely used, while runway 11/29 is inactive and is now used as a parking facility at the airport.

Dublin Airport is in the process of building a new runway, which will replace the inactive 11/29 and is expected to be completed by 2021.

Terminals

Dublin Airport is split into two separate terminal buildings, which are numbered Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with short-haul, medium-haul and long-haul flights spread across both terminals.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 opened in 1972 and facilitates flights from the majority of airlines that fly from the airport, including Ryanair. 

Although Terminal 1 handles flights from more airlines than Terminal 2 does, flights from airlines at Terminal 1 are less generally less regular, which means that the two terminals have a fairly even split in terms of passenger traffic.

The terminal has undergone a number of expansions since being built, with several renovations since the start of the 2000s.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 opened in 2010. It facilitates flights from Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Norwegian and United Airlines.

Terminal 2 is also where the vast majority of airport and airline lounges are located, with five of the six lounges at the airport currently located at Terminal 2.

 

Airlines that fly to Dublin Airport

Aer Lingus, Stobart Air CityJetRyanair and Norwegian each use Dublin Airport as either a main or secondary hub.

Here's a full list of airlines that fly to/from the airport.

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Aegean Airlines Greece
Aer Lingus & Aer Lingus Regional Ireland
Aeroflot Russia
Air Arabia Maroc Morocco
Air Canada Canada
Air France France
Air Moldova Moldova
Air Nostrum Spain
Air Transat Canada
airBaltic Spain
American Airlines USA
Arkia Israel
Blue Air Romania
British Airways UK
Cathay Pacific China
Croatia Airlines Croatia
Delta USA
Emirates UAE
Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopia
Etihad Airways UAE
Eurowings Germany
Finnair Finland
Flybe UK
FlyOne Moldova
Great Dane Airlines Denmark
Hainan Airlines China
Iberia Express Spain
Icelandair Iceland
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda Austria
Loganair UK
Lufthansa Germany
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Norway
Qatar Airways Qatar
Ryanair Ireland
S7 Airlines Russia
Scandinavian Airlines Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Smartwings Czech Republic
SunExpress Turkey
Swiss Switzerland
TAP Air Portugal Portugal
Transavia France France
TUI UK
Turkish Airlines Turkey
United Airlines  USA
Vueling Spain
WestJet Canada

Top Destinations

Top International Routes

2018
Rank Destination Passengers
1 London–Heathrow, UK 1,809,514
2 London–Gatwick, UK 1,348,201
3 Amsterdam, Netherlands 1,200,308
4 Manchester, UK 985,121
5 Birmingham, UK 927,191

How to get to Dublin Airport

By driving

Parking and car rental are both available at the airport. 

There are specific drop-off zones located outside of each terminal for passengers who are being driven by someone else. 

By taxi

You can't flag down taxis in the street in Dublin. You must pre-order a taxi from a taxi company. This can be done on the phone, online or by getting the person(s) in charge of your accommodation to order one for you. A taxi from Dublin Airport to the city centre costs roughly between €25–30 EUR but can vary depending on the company used and the traffic at the time of day that you're travelling.

By bus

There are a number of local bus companies that offer connections between Dublin Airport and the city centre.

Airlink Express

The Airlink Express offers route 757 which travels between Dublin Airport and Camden Street, stopping at Merrion Square and Cardiff Lane.

It also offers route 747 that travels between Dublin Airport and Heuston Rail Station, stopping at O'Connel Street and BusÁras.

Aircoach

Aircoach offers connections to Dublin Airport from the city centre and most of its major landmarks on three different routes — route 700, 702 and 703.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus offers two different routes from between Dublin Airport and areas of Dublin, including route 16 from Ballinteer and route 41 from Swords Manor.