About daa

daa operates Dublin and Cork airports in Ireland and has significant overseas businesses through its ARI and daa International subsidiaries. Dublin and Cork airports are the two largest airports in the Republic of Ireland, welcoming a combined 30.1 million passengers in 2016. ARI is a leading international travel retailer, with operations in 10 countries and also hold the Group’s 20% stake in Düsseldorf Airport. daa International is an airport management, aviation advisory services and training business.

The Group’s core purpose is to connect Ireland with the world and its vision is to be an airport industry leader that will grow its business by delivering great service and value for airlines, passengers and business partners. We have a strong commercial focus and work closely with our customers and stakeholders to help meet their needs in a dynamic marketplace.

In 2016, daa enjoyed a fantastic year across all of our businesses. Passenger numbers travelling between Dublin Airport and 24 UK destinations increased by 11% to a record 9.9 million. On June 24, 2016, more than 100,000 passengers were facilitated on a single day for the first time at Dublin Airport. In 2016, 19 new routes were launched from Dublin Airport, and additional capacity was added on 31 existing services. Dublin Airport won the 2016 World Routes Award for airports in the 20–50 million passengers per year category for the second time in three years. This award recognises excellence in marketing and is voted on by airline executives globally.

New routes from Cork Airport in 2016 included Düsseldorf, Cardiff, Madrid and Southampton. Passenger numbers at Cork Airport increased by 8% to 2.2 million. daa International signed a five-year contract in 2016 to manage the new 106,500 square metre Terminal 5 at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ARI Ireland won the Moodie Davitt Dreamstore 2016 award for the Best Fragrance and Cosmetics travel retail store for its T1 outlet at Dublin Airport. Revenues at ARI’s joint venture at Delhi International exceeded US$146 million in 2016.”


Our Business Functions

We recruit graduates into six functional areas; Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, daa International, ARI, Security and Central Functions.

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is one of Europe’s fastest growing airports and handled 27.1 million passengers in 2015, a 14% increase in passenger numbers on 2014. Dublin Airport currently has direct flights to over 180 destinations in 40 countries on four continents. Dublin Airport has nine business units; Asset Care, Facilities, Finance, Commercial, Marketing, Operations, Strategy & Regulation, HR and Car Parks.

Cork Airport

Cork Airport is the international gateway to the south of Ireland connecting Ireland’s Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way to the world. It is the country’s second busiest international airport after Dublin. The airport handled 2.1 million passengers in 2015.

daa International

daa International is focused on winning business in the areas of international airport operations, airport management advisory services and accredited training. daa International is pursuing opportunities to manage and operation airports internationally. In 2015 daa International won a multi-million euro contract to manage and operate the new Terminal 5 facility at Saudi Arabia’s King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh. Full operations commenced in August 2016 with the terminal having the capacity to handle 12 million domestic passengers a year. DIATA – Dublin International Aviation Training Academy is part of daa International. DIATA is focused on training excellence and delivers high quality accredited training programmes in aviation at home and overseas. 


ARI is responsible for all retail operations and driving retail revenue within the group. With a combination of commercial expertise, innovative culture and a partnership approach, ARI are one of the most significant players in the global travel retail industry. ARI designs, manages and operates duty free and duty paid airport retail outlets in Dublin and Cork Airport. ARI also operates in 11 different locations across North America, the Middle East, India, and New Zealand. In 2015 Dublin and Cork sales reached €110 million and the overall group turnover was €920 million.  ARI is a customer centric organisation where the customer is at the heart of everything we do and will experience an outstanding shopping experience every time by receiving excellent service, quality and value. 


The Security function is responsible for securing the aerodrome facilities, boundaries, access points and airfield of both Dublin and Cork Airports. daa Screening Operations are supported by Airport Police, Management and Administrative units including Compliance, Planning, Training & many more. The security function is there to provide an environment that is safe and secure for everyone who uses Dublin and Cork Airports.

daa Central Functions

Central Functions role is to directly deliver key elements of the corporate strategy and to also provide expertise and services to the wider daa Group to assist them in the delivery of their strategic goals.

Central Functions includes;

  • Group development – including Dublin Airport Central, the Runway Project and Group Strategy
  • Finance – including Group Finance, Procurement and our Shared Services Centre
  • IT & Transformation
  • Communications
  • Company Secretary – including Legal, Health, Safety, Sustainability and Environment, and Insurance Services,
  • Human Resources 
  • Internal Audit

Why join the daa Graduate Programme?

The purpose of the daa Graduate Programme is to develop graduates that could one day be leaders of the organisation.

Our programme will provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a diverse, dynamic and challenging work environment. In addition, you will be supported with training, mentoring and feedback to develop the personal skills to help you excel in a leadership role. If you are successful in securing a place on the programme you will be assigned to a business area for a period of 24 months. You will be expected to work hard, be flexible, live the daa values and take advantage of the learning opportunities that will come your way. In return you will reap the benefits from working within a diverse organisation with a highly experienced team of professionals.

We are seeking applications from bright and ambitious individuals to join our graduate programme. If you meet the following criteria we would like to hear from you;

  • Recently graduate or expect to graduate with a minimum 2:1 degree or masters degree in any discipline
  • Flexible and mobile to take up international assignments, as required
  • Hardworking, curious, personable with excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting employers!