Dublin Airport has recorded a record year for numbers through its gates with 27m visitors recorded for 2016.

The 27m milestone was passed on 18 December, which smashes the previous record for the airport, which was 25m in 2015.

The numbers serve to further illustrate the importance of the airport to the Irish economy, which is worth an estimated €6.9b.

"We’ve seen growth from the vast majority of our major airline customers during the year and also across almost all major market sectors,” said Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison.

"European, British and transatlantic passenger numbers have all experienced double-digit growth so far this year," he added, "Transfer passenger numbers are also up strongly and have passed the one million mark, as more and more people are choosing to connect at Dublin Airport."