According to data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of passenger journeys on buses in Dublin during the week that started on 26 September of this year was 3% lower than the number taken during the same week in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic began.
However, outside of Dublin that week, the number of bus journeys was 9% higher than the figure recorded for the same week in 2019, according to the CSO.
Luas And Rail Journeys
In a statement published on its website, the CSO noted that the number of Luas journeys in the week that started on 26 September 2022 was 6% lower than the level during the same week in 2019, while the number of rail journeys during the week that started on 26 September 2022 was the same as the week that started on 2 March 2020, just before the pandemic began.
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The CSO noted that rail data includes passenger journeys on Intercity and DART services.
Airport Passenger Data
Additionally, the statement published on the CSO’s website noted that Covid-19 restrictions led to a sharp decrease in the number of passengers who were handled by Irish airports.
The number of passengers in Dublin Airport in September of this year was double that of September last year, but 91% of the level seen in the same month in 2019. There were 3,203,590 passengers handled by the main Irish airports, excluding Kerry, in September of this year, compared to 3,502,589, excluding Kerry Airport, in pre-pandemic September 2019, according to the statement published on the CSO’s website.
The same statement also noted that Ireland West Airport Knock was closed from April to June of 2020 and from February to May of 2021, and that Cork Airport was closed in October of 2021, and that Kerry data was not available at the time of the publication of the statement.