Close To 600k Passengers Passed Through Ireland's Main Airports In Q2 2021
Published on Sep 29 2021 8:35 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / cso / Dublin Airport / Cork Airport / Shannon Airport / Central Statistics Office / Ireland West Airport Knock / Kerry Airport
According to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), close to 600,000 passengers passed through Ireland's main airports, Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry, in the second quarter of 2021.
In a statement published on its website, the CSO said, "Air travel has been impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions. In the second quarter of 2021, almost 600,000 passengers (596,157) passed through the five main Irish airports, an increase of 431,578 passengers when compared with the same period in 2020 but down by 94.3% compared with Q2 2019.
"In the first half of 2021, just over 1.0 million passengers (1,015,111) travelled through the main Irish airports, a drop of 5.1 million passengers (5,065,765) and a fall of 16.9 million (16,900,085) compared with the same period in 2019.
Dublin Airport accounted for 93.0% of all air passengers handled in the second quarter of 2021."
The CSO added, "The results also show that:
- "Over 11,500 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in the second quarter of 2021. Dublin accounted for 85.3% of all flights (9,839) while Shannon handled 6.1% of all flights (709).
- "London-Heathrow, Amsterdam-Schiphol and London-Stansted were the most popular routes for passengers travelling through Dublin airport in the second quarter of 2021. The top route for Cork airport was London-Heathrow and the top route for Shannon airport was London-Stansted.
- "In the second quarter of 2021, over nine out of every ten passengers (91.7%) on international flights in the five main airports were travelling to or from Europe. The two most popular countries of origin/destination were the United Kingdom and Poland. Outside of Europe, the United States of America was the most popular country of origin/destination in the second quarter of 2021.
- "Ireland's main airports handled a total of 40,710 tonnes of freight in the second quarter of 2021, the vast majority (90.2%) of which was international freight. See table 6.
- "When seasonally adjusted, there was a slight increase in the number of passengers (+1.2%) that passed through the main airports in Quarter 2 of 2021 compared with Quarter 1 of 2021.
"Seasonally adjusting the aviation data series during the COVID-19 crisis period will be challenging until the scale and shape of its impact on the time series is better understood. The initial seasonally adjusted results might be revised for some months ahead as future observations become available. Users should be aware that there is increased uncertainty around the seasonally adjusted figures during this period."
In a statement also published on the CSO’s website, statistician Doctor Nele van der Wielen said, "The figures show a substantial decline in international travel during Q2 2021 compared to 2019 but show increases in comparison with Q2 2020. There were increases in passenger numbers for April, May and June 2021. Data for June 2021 shows that passenger numbers were more than three times higher than June 2020, but they were still 92% lower than June 2019.
"In Q2 2021, more than 274,000 passengers travelled to Ireland and almost 322,000 passengers departed from Ireland. These numbers represent a fall of 95% in the number of passengers arriving to Ireland and a drop of 94% in the number departing from Ireland, when compared with the same period in 2019.
"There were 11,539 flights in Q2 2021 compared with 6,394 in the same period in 2020. Of those 11,539 flights, 5,754 arrived to Ireland and 5,785 departed from Ireland.
"The amount of air freight handled by the main airports increased by 25% to 40,710 tonnes in the second quarter of 2021 when compared with the same period in 2020."
Van der Wielen added, "Nine out of every 10 passengers (92%) on international flights were travelling to or from Europe. Within Europe, the United Kingdom and Poland were the most popular routes. While outside of Europe the most popular routes were to or from the United States of America."
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