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Dublin has the fastest-growing major airport in Western Europe, according to new analysis for airport operator DAA. (stock photo)

Dublin has the fastest-growing major airport in Western Europe, according to new analysis for airport operator DAA. (stock photo)

Dublin has the fastest-growing major airport in Western Europe, according to new analysis for airport operator DAA. (stock photo)

Dublin has the fastest-growing major airport in Western Europe, according to new analysis for airport operator DAA.

The economic impact report by consultancy firm InterVistas finds that the volume and range of connections at Dublin Airport grew by 59% in five years.

That rate of growth is surpassed among major European airports only at Sheremetyevo, one of Moscow's four international airports, on 67%.

Rates of growth over the same period among western European airports trend lower, including 22% at London Heathrow, 24% at Frankfurt, 27% at Paris Charles de Gaulle and 42% at Amsterdam.

Dublin's exceptional growth of passenger traffic has been cited by the Commission for Aviation Regulation as one factor in its decision to order reductions in DAA passenger charges to a maximum of €7.50 (£6.30) per head.

DAA has appealed that decision but, pending any government action on the matter, has said it will start applying a new passenger-fee regime effective by March 29.

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