Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have increased from nearly 13million in 1999 to close on 17million during 2004 . Air traffic has been growing strongly along with Ireland's economy.
Dublin Airport has a variety of restaurants, cafés and bars. Shops include duty-free, with a shopping street in the boarding area of Departures. There is a pharmacy and a free nursery; baby change facilities are available in most airport toilets. There are meeting rooms and business lounges available at Dublin airport.
15,000 banned items are being confiscated every day from passengers, at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick airports alone. The whole system has slowed down because people are still carrying sharp objects in their hand luggage. Tighter security measures at all Airports means that checking in for your flight at Dublin airport can take longer.
The majority of airlines base their allowances on recommendations from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). If your hold baggage is heavier than the allowance, the airline is entitled to charge an excess baggage charge. If your cabin luggage is overweight or too big, you might be asked to check it in to the hold. If doing so takes your hold luggage above your hold baggage allowance, you might have to pay excess baggage charges.
The Dublin Airport Authority requires all airlines, service providers and agencies at Dublin Airport to provide facilities for passengers with disabilities. Facilities include adapted toilets, lifts with Braille buttons and an induction loop. Inform your airline of any special needs when you get to the airport or on booking. A Minicom telephone is provided for hearing-impaired travellers.
Dublin airport is completely accessible to wheelchair passengers - staff at Dublin Airport are trained in disability awareness, and the airport has received an award for its disability access facilities.
Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel
The Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel is designed and built with the very purpose of providing a fantastic place to relax before you fly on your own or with the family.