Dublin Airport has reported record passenger numbers for 2019 as it marks its 80th birthday this year.

Dublin Airport saw a total of 32.9 million passengers last year, an increase of 4% on 2018.

About 30.7 million people started and ended their journey at Dublin Airport last year, while almost 2.2 million passengers used the airport as a hub.

Short-haul traffic at the airport rose by 5% to 27.7 million last year, while long-haul passenger numbers increased by 4% to almost 5.2 million. 

Continental European traffic, which is the airport's largest market, increased by 6% last year with 17.3 million passengers flying to and from continental European destinations. 

UK traffic increased by 1%, with almost 10.2 million passengers travelling to and from UK airports last year. 

Traffic to London performed better than services to UK regional destinations, which has been a pattern in recent years. 

Transatlantic traffic increased by 6%, as 4.2 million passengers took flights to and from North American destinations. 

Meanwhile, other international traffic, which includes flights to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa was flat during the year, with just over 1 million passengers taking flights to and from these destinations.

Dublin Airport saw the launch of 25 new routes last year, including new long-haul services to Calgary, Dallas-Fort-Worth and Minneapolis-St Paul and new short-haul services to Bodrum, Kyiv, Lourdes and Thessaloniki. 

Capacity was also increased on 28 existing routes, as airlines added flights to their schedules or operated services with larger planes. 

Dublin Airport is the fifth largest airport in Europe for transatlantic connectivity and this growth has been underpinned by the increasing numbers of connecting passengers who fly through Dublin.

"The connectivity provided by Dublin Airport is essential, as the Irish economy is one of the most open in the world," said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. 

"Our economy depends on trade, exports, inbound tourism and foreign direct investment and Dublin Airport is delighted to be able to facilitate these key sectors," Mr Harrison added. 

Dublin Airport has flights to more than 190 destinations in 42 countries operated by almost 50 airlines. It is the tenth largest airport in the European Union and plans to add 12 new routes in 2020.

These new routes include Shanghai via Helsinki with Juneyao Air and San Francisco with United Airlines. 

New short-haul destinations include Cairo with EgyptAir, Marseille with Ryanair, Rhodes with Aer Lingus and Tel Aviv with El Al.