April Saw 'An Unprecedented Collapse In Overseas Travel To And From Ireland'
Just 16,100 people travelled to Ireland by air and sea in April due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
New data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has revealed that 12,100 people arrived into Ireland via its airports in April of 2020 while 4,000 people arrived by ferry. In April of last year, over 1.7 million travellers journeyed to Ireland.
Three quarters of the people who travelled to Ireland in April came from Britain, while 1,100 people came from the US. In comparison, almost 155,000 people travelled to Ireland from the US in April of 2019.
Meanwhile, 17,700 people travelled out of Ireland by air and sea in April. This figure is 99% lower than the figure for April of last year.
The Irish Independent quotes the CSO as saying that the enormous drop in overseas traveller traffic in April was "an unprecedented collapse in overseas travel to and from Ireland".
The CSO also stated, "The information is compiled primarily from statistics provided by the DAA, together with data from other air and seaports."
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