Exhibition marks Dublin Airport’s 75th anniversary

Terminal 2, Dublin Airport

Terminal 2, Dublin Airport Image by Greg Campbell / CC BY 2.0

Dublin Airport today celebrated its 75th birthday, saluting the fact that 435 million passenger journeys have taken place since its inception.

The company is holding an exhibition to coincide with the anniversary as background music from the 1940s and 1950s help visitors to get in the mood for those pioneering years in Irish aviation travel.

The older Terminal One and recently added Terminal Two buildings are housing a series of photographic exhibitions recalling those fledgling days.

Irish carrier Aer Lingus began operations at Baldonnel in 1936 but, the Irish Times reports, it was then moved to its present site at Collinstown, near Swords. The airport opened for business on 19January, 1940.

The first flight saw an Aer Lingus Lockheed 14 aircraft take off from close to the passenger terminal, which was still being built at that time.

As Britain was at war at that time, it was November 1945 before the first scheduled flight to London was undertaken with a 2½-hour direct flight to Croydon Airport.

By 1963, annual passenger numbers exceeded one million and a north terminal was added. What is now known as Terminal One opened in 1989. Passenger numbers reached 23.5 million in 2010 when Terminal Two opened for business.

Dublin Airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison, said the presence of the airport was responsible for: “boosting Irish trade, tourism and investment and bringing together generations of families and friends”.

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