"Dublin International Airport" Dublin Airport Tip by leafmcgowan
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The Dublin International Airport or "Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath" is actually located in Collinstown, Ireland - not Dublin. It was instituted in the early 1930's. It is however operated and managed by the Dublin Airport Authority. It is located in the Fingal part of County Dublin and is about a 20-30 minute bus ride to Dublin's city center being approximately 10 km (6.2 miles) away. The Dublin Airport hosts over 20 million passengers a year (2009 estimates). It is the busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland, followed by Cork and Shannon. The transportation to and from the Dublin Airport is by bus, taxi, car, or foot (not recommended). It also has in development a underground railway line called "Metro North" that will connect it to Swords and Dublin City Center in the near future. It is also the headquarters of Ireland's flag carrier Aer Lingus, Europe's largest no-frills airline Ryanair & Ireland's domestic, CityJet (based in Swords) and the regional airline Aer Arann. There are over 50 daily departures from Dublin to all of London's airports which is busiest route in the world after Hong Kong - Tapei. There are 30+ daily departures to other UK locations. US Legacy Carriers also serve the airport from major US hubs. The Dublin Airport is also one of the only two European airports that have U.S. border preclearance services along with Shannon.
The original international style passenger terminal was completed in 1941. In 1936 Ireland's Government established the civil airline "Aer Lingus" first as a military aerodrome 'Casement Aerodrome' at Baldonnel to the south of Dublin - then established as a civil airport to replace Baldonnel as the city's airport. The first flight from the airport took place on January 19, 1940 to Liverpool, England. The terminal building was done by architect Desmond FitzGerland and was heavily influenced by designs used on luxury ocean liners at the time. It was awarded the Triennial Gold Medal of the Royal Hibernian Institute of Architects and is now a listed building. With World War II, services were restricted at airport until late 1945. Three new runways were constructed by 1947. The Airport saw major growth in the 1950's with construction of Runway extensions, terminal enhancements, and new services - including British European Airways, Sabena, and BKS. The 60's saw advancement with technological improvements and by the 70's were receiving numerous Boeing 737's, BAC One-Elevens, Boing 707s, and Hawker Siddeley Tridents. 1993 was when the Republic of Ireland and the U.S. Government signed a bilateral agreement to allow airlines to operate some direct transatlantic services for the first time to/from Dublin Airport instead of touching down en route at Shannon, even though Airlines have to still provide an equal number of flights either to or through Shannon as to Dublin. When Ireland hit its "Celtic Tiger" Economy, the airport hit a growth spurt between 1990-2000 based on a demand for business travel to and from the country with an increase in inward tourism. Also with Ireland being one of the only three European Union countries to open its borders freely to workers fro mthe ten accession states of the Union in 2004 - a increase of hundreds of thousands of people moving to Ireland via the airlines took place. Very ambitious expansion plans are in effect for the Dublin airport including new routes to North America and the Middle East. 2007 saw Open Skies agreements between the U.S. and the E.U. became ratified. In my arrival off Continental from the U.S. and my departure from Dublin to Bristol on RyanAir - I found the airport easy to navigate and able to find my gates. There were not many power plugs for laptops that I could find, but other services seemed abundant. Public transportation from the airport to the city center was affordable and easy to find. The Car Park also has a left luggage (luggage drop off to store) and its conveniently right across from arrivals. 6.5 Euro a day. Dublin was a good experience. Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5.
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