A record 1.8 million passengers are expected to have flown between Dublin and North America by the end of the year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.
The authority said that almost 1.3 million people had flown on transatlantic routes so far this year, 14% higher than in the same period of last year.
More than 1,748,000 passengers flew between Dublin and North America in 2008 – the highest number currently on record – while there were almost 1,644,000 transatlantic passengers last year.
The DAA attributed this year’s rise to an increase in capacity on some routes and the increased frequency of others – while this is also the first full year of United’s Washington DC service.
In addition to this, Dublin Airport has also benefited from a rise in the number of British passengers flying to the airport to make connecting flights to the US.
The DAA hopes for continued transatlantic growth next year, following the announcement of new routes to San Francisco and Toronto.