Dublin Airport is Ireland's chief gateway, but its importance extends further than that. With well over 20 million passengers passing through each year, this is one of the top-15 busiest airports in all of Europe. It's also an important first stop for transatlantic flights, seeing incoming North Americans off to major cities across Europe. For inbound passengers, car hire at Dublin Airport is central to getting around the country.
The airport is open every day of the year except for Christmas, and on the average day, some 60,000 passengers pass through the terminal. If you include scheduled and charter services, then over 60 airlines serve this airport. They operate a web of routes all over the world, with a special emphasis on London and New York City.
Dublin Airport achieved these numbers from a single terminal and two runways, but rapidly increasing throughput reaffirmed the need to expand. Terminal 2 went online late in 2010 and added a pre-clearance immigration facility for US-bound passengers, allowing those flying out of Dublin to bypass immigration control when they land in the US.
All of this expansion promises to keep Dublin at the forefront of the European transportation grid. Modern facilities, dozen of dining, drinking and snacking venues and a host of airside shops in The Loop ensure passengers have plenty to do while waiting for a flight. And for vacationers, Dublin Airport car rental takes the hassle out of exploring the countryside.
The Tourist Information Centre (+353 1 605 7700) is a key resource in the terminal, stocked with maps and guides to get you on your way. For on-the-spot assistance, look for a Customer Care employee. Dozens are on staff during peak season, donning highly visible pink polo shirts.