In 1917, during World War I, the townland of Collinstown was chosen as the site of a base for the British Royal Flying Corps. By April 1918, when the Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force, Collinstown Aerodrome was more than 20% total. Building and construction was completed in 1919 when the Irish War of Independence broke out. On 20 March 1919 a group of 30 Irish Volunteers, including 5 utilized by the RAF, took 75 rifles and 5,000 rounds of ammo from the base.
As Collinstown Camp the site was utilized for internment of Irish republicans. At the end of 1922 the land and structures at Collinstown were transferred to the Irish Free State. The airfield rapidly fell under disrepair and turf grew on the previous runways.
Dublin Airport is an international airport serving Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is run by DAA (formerly Dublin Airport Authority). The airport is located 7 km (4.3 mi) north of Dublin, in Collinstown, near Swords, Dublin.
In 2019, 32.9 million guests travelled through the airport, making it the airport’s busiest year on record. It is the 12th busiest airport in Europe, and is without a doubt the busiest of Ireland’s airports by overall guest traffic; it likewise has the best traffic levels on the island of Ireland, followed by Belfast International Airport.
The airport has a substantial short and medium haul network, served by a variety of carriers, as well as a substantial long-haul network focused on North America, the Middle East and East Asia. It works as the headquarters of Ireland’s flag carrier – Aer Lingus, regional airline company Stobart Air, Europe’s biggest inexpensive carrier – Ryanair, and ASL Airlines Ireland, together with another two airlines, CityJet and Norwegian Air International. United States border preclearance services are offered at the airport for U.S.-bound passengers. Shannon Airport is the only other airport in Europe to use this facility.
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