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CSO Publishes Transport Omnibus 2021

By Dave Simpson
CSO Publishes Transport Omnibus 2021

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published its Transport Omnibus for 2021.

Air Travel

According to the Transport Omnibus 2021, which was published on, the number of passengers who passed through Ireland’s main airports last year increased by 10%, compared to 2020 – to 9.1 million – but this number was 76% lower than the number recorded for pre-pandemic 2019.

Dublin Airport accounted for 90% of the air passengers who were carried last year, with the number of passengers who passed through that airport last year being a quarter of the number that were recorded for 2019.

The Dublin-Heathrow route carried the most air passengers last year, with 404,011 being carried on that route, and the UK was most popular country of origin and destination last year, with 30% of passengers arriving from or departing to there, followed by Spain, with 15%, and the USA, with 5%.

Public Transport

Some 19.5 million passengers travelled on the Luas last year, while 17.4 million passengers travelled by rail.


Iarnród Éireann carried 415,000 tonnes of freight last year, which was a year-on-year decrease of 34,000 tonnes, or 8%.

Sea Travel

The number of vessels that arrived in Irish ports and the gross tonnage of all vessels that arrived last year increased by 7%, year on year, in both cases, while the number of passengers who passed through Irish ports increased by 25%, year on year, to 1,020,000 last year.

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