Location of the Airport
Dublin Airport is less than 10 miles north of Dublin, Ireland. Although the city of Dublin already had an airport, the decision was made during the 1930’s to build a new one. The Dublin Airport opened on January 19, 1940. The original terminal building was designed after ocean liners of the day. As time wore on, the airport received more and more business, but when World War II began, most of those flights ended. However, there was air service between Dublin and Liverpool, England. After World War II ended, Dublin Airport resumed flights around the country and surrounding area. The airport continued to grow as more air traffic and passengers arrived. Eventually, a new terminal was built in 1959. Over a decade later, another terminal was built and the Dublin Airport continued to grow and expand. In 2010, the airport in Dublin opened a new terminal that was designed to handle current and future passenger and air traffic.
There are two terminals at the international airport in Dublin. The terminals are Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 was built in 1972. Over the years, there have been a number of renovations and expansions of Terminal 1. Terminal 2 was built in 2010 and it handles the majority of flights at the airport.
The original runways at Dublin Airport were made out of grass. After World War II concluded, runways were repaved with cement in 1948. Today, three runways serve the airport. The runway that is the longest at the airport is concrete and is 8,652 feet long. The asphalt and concrete runway is the shortest and is 4,393 feet long. The remaining runway is 6,798 feet long and it is made out of asphalt.
Parking at Dublin Airport
There are a number of parking options at Dublin Airport. In Short Term Car Parking, visitors can choose from up to 2,850 parking places that are available. If they would like, people can book a parking spot online. The parking is close to both terminals and it is easy to get to. There are three parking locations, which have Short-Term Parking. Terminal 1 Short-Term Car Park C has 1,500 spaces and is close to the terminal. Terminal 2 Short-Term Parking has 950 parking places. It is close to Terminal 2. Short-Term Car Park A has 400 parking places. Long-Term Car Parking is a great option for travelers or business executives who need to park their vehicles for an extended amount of time. This parking section has 12,400 parking places for travelers, whether they park at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. In Express Long Term Red Car Park, there is a free shuttle bus service that runs 24 hours a day and brings people to and from the airport in a timely manner. In addition to this, there are 8,400 parking spaces from which to select. For folks who have mobility challenges and are disabled, the airport has provided over 90 parking spots for them as found in Reduced Mobility. Parking spots for them are divided by Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Reduce Mobility Parking in Terminal 1 is found in Short Term B. Terminal 2 parking spots are found on the first and second level of Terminal 2 Short Term Car Park. All areas are easy to find and are close to Terminals 1 and 2. Executive Parking is available for the business travelers and others. It is located in Terminals 1 and 2. In Terminal 1, it is located in Short Term B Car Park. In Terminal 2, it is located at Short Term Car Park.
Airlines serving Dublin Airport
Located in the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin Airport serves as the main headquarters for Aer Lingus. Ireland’s flag carrier connects Dublin with more than 50 destinations, mostly within Europe and the Mediterranean region. Aer Lingus offers non-stop flights to some of the most visited European cities including Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Venice, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, and Vienna. During peak seasons, Aer Lingus invites customers to popular resorts in cities such as Athens, Dubrovnik, Ibiza, Izmir, Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, and Naples. All of the flights to destinations outside of the British Isles depart from Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.
Aer Lingus operates a busy route between Ireland’s capital and England’s capital. The Irish flag bearer offers direct trips to London Gatwick Airport and London Heathrow Airport, which are the two busiest airports in the United Kingdom. Using the Aer Lingus Regional service, passengers at Dublin Airport can get to other major U.K. destinations such as Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Isle of Man. Passengers can board the Aer Lingus flights to U.K. destinations from Terminal 1.
Dublin Airport also serves as the main base for Ryanair. In terms of fleet size and total passenger movement, Ryanair is bigger and busier than Aer Lingus. Ireland’s popular low cost carrier connects Dublin to dozens of tourist hot spots in Europe. Ryanair takes passengers to major Eastern European cities such as Bratislava, Budapest, Gdansk, Kaunas, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Warsaw.
Destinations to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and other European countries are also available through the busy Irish low cost carrier. Ryanair is also a reliable link between Dublin and large U.K. cities such as Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle upon Tyne. Additionally, three of London’s major airports are also on the list of Ryanair flights. The Ryanair fleet waits for passengers near Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport.
Ireland’s busiest airport is served by several major British airline companies. British Airways is the U.K. flag carrier, inAirways is the largest charter airline the world, and Jet2 and Flybe are major low cost carriers.
Some of North America’s busiest airlines serve Dublin Airport. The Irish capital city is connected to major U.S. destinations such as Atlanta, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago thanks to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines. All of these U.S. companies operate in Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. From Terminal 1, the flag carrier Air Canada takes passengers to Canada’s largest city of Toronto.