Since Dublin Airport opened in November 2010, the number of airlines servicing the terminal have gradually increased. The terminal is now a major European hub for flights to North America while significant growth in passengers travelling to the Middle East have seen the arrival of both Etihad and Emirates. The terminal is on track to become Ireland’s international gateway. It’s an impressive feat of architecture, too, and repeat visitors to Dublin Airport are going to see and feel the difference as soon as they set foot inside.
The airlines operating in Terminal 2 benefit from state-of-the-art surroundings. In total, Terminal 2 operates 18 airline desks, 26 boarding gates, 19 air bridges and 58 check-in desks. Eighteen months’ worth of testing and trialing led up to the late November opening of the terminal, to ensure that all 75,000 square metres were primed and ready for operation.
The bulk of the traffic in the new terminal is owed to flagship carrier Aer Lingus, with its entire roster of service based out of Terminal 2. However, a sprinkling of other long-haul routes are also available here, some of which were timed to launch with the opening of Terminal 2.