The operator of Dublin and Cork Airports, daa, made a loss of €103 million in 2021 and a cumulative loss of €387 million during Covid, according to its annual report, published today.

Turnover at the company was €324 million in 2021, an increase of 11% on 2020.

Passenger numbers rose by 10% in 2021 to 8.7 million people. This was a 75% decrease on the 35.5 million passengers who used the airports in 2019.

In a statement accompanying the annual report, daa says the numbers using Dublin Airport in June and July this year are expected to exceed 2019 levels.

Passenger numbers using Dublin Airport are up 1,085% from January to June 24th this year to 11.4 million compared to 954,626 over the same period last year. Passengers using Cork Airport period are up 2,399% to 879,290 over the same period.

The statement also says staff levels in security screening at Dublin Airport are 'now approaching 2019 levels' and it expects 920 staff to be in place by the end of July. It received 5,000 applications for the jobs in security.

However, daa also says ‘substantial challenges remain’ and it will continue to ‘deploy triage and other exceptional measures whilst continuing to assess escalation measures during the peak holiday period ahead.’

The annual report shows the company availed of €39 million of payroll-related COVID supports in 2021, up from €34 million in 2020.

The statement from chairman Basil Geoghegan in the annual report says that "...by December 31, 2021, we had said goodbye to a total of 1,064 colleagues, through a combination of voluntary severance, career breaks, attrition and non-backfill of roles vacated since the pandemic began – a necessary step to ensure business survival."

Notes to the accounts show a charge of €1.6 million was against the cost of the restructuring programme. They also show the average monthly employee numbers based on full-time equivalents falling from 3,205 in 2020 to 2,812 in 2021.

The annual report also notes that outgoing chief executive, Dalton Philips, was paid €386,120 in 2021, up from €366,270 in 2020. This comprised a basic salary of €235,903 and pensions contributions and ‘other taxable benefits’ of €150,216.