DublinAirport’s traffic levels are now back at boomtime levels and the airport will need a second runway to cope with growth, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The number of commercial take-offs and landings at Dublin Airport rose 11% in August, with an average of 585 every day last month, according to the IAA.

“These latest figures show that Dublin continues to record very strong growth and has now returned to pre-downturn levels,” said IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan.

“The IAA believes that the development of a parallel runway at Dublin is crucial to ensuring its continued growth and development as a secondary international hub,” he added.

Last year the number of Northern Ireland residents using Dublin Airport increased by 52% to 864,000. IAG’s takeover of Aer Lingus will see the British Airways owner use Dublin as a hub for driving more transatlantic traffic for the group.

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