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During 2013, Dublin Airport handled over 20 million passengers, making it the 23rd busiest airport in Europe during 2013. On average, Dublin Airport services almost 55,000 passengers a day, with average figures during the peak season of almost 80,000 passengers.
The airport is an important tourism entry point to Ireland. However in recent years it has grown in importance as a major European gateway to destinations in the United States. This is due to a number of reasons, firstly the United States Pre-Clearance facility means passengers can complete their United States Immigration in Dublin, and secondly due to the number of United States destinations serviced.
In 2010, to cope with increased demand and plan for future growth, Terminal 2 was opened at the airport. Terminal 2 is located alongside Terminal 1, with the two terminals connected by walkways on both the air and land sides. The walkways are clearly signposted and will take no more than five minutes to complete.
Terminal 2 is a state of the art international terminal with first rate amenities, shopping and dining facilities available for passengers to enjoy. The layout of the terminal is extremely straight forward, with check-in on the ground floor, arrivals on the first floor and departures on the third floor.
Flights bound to and from the United States, Middle East and all Aer Lingus flights are serviced in Terminal 2. In terms of airlines, the following depart and arrive at Terminal 2:
While Terminal 2 offers passengers a sleek and leisurely experience, Terminal 1 is older and more cluttered and has numerous departure points.
In terms of airlines, the following depart and arrive at Terminal 1:
Facilities at Dublin Airport
In both terminals, facilities on both sides of security are extensive. Both terminals offer The Loop duty free shopping facilities which offer goods at prices that cannot be matched elsewhere. You can actually purchase items at The Loop and collect them on your return to the airport. As you would expect at an International Airport, the following facilities are offered in abundance:
Hotels at Dublin Airport
There are two hotels located on the grounds of Dublin Airport, the Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport and the Radisson Blu Dublin Airport. Surrounding Dublin Airport, there are a range of other hotels on offer including the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, Premier Inn and Travelodge. All hotels offer transport to and from the airport by shuttle bus.
Car Rental at Dublin Airport
Car rentals are available from both terminals at Dublin Airport, with all international car rental brands and some Irish companies present (Including Dan Dooley & CARHIRE.ie). In Terminal 1, the car rental companies are located in the main arrivals hall and will be visible once passengers exit customs. In Terminal 2, they are located a short distance away on the arrivals level.
Among the car rental companies at Dublin Airport are:here.