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Dublin Airport Expects Christmas Passenger Traffic To Be Down By 88% Year-On-Year

By Dave Simpson
Dublin Airport Expects Christmas Passenger Traffic To Be Down By 88% Year-On-Year

Dublin Airport is expecting its passenger traffic during the 2020 Christmas period to be down by 88% year-on-year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Dublin Airport stated that an estimated 137,000 people are expected to travel through Dublin Airport this Christmas. During the 2019 Christmas period, close to 1.2 million people passed through the airport.

Approximately 127,000 of the 137,000 passengers to which Dublin Airport expects to play host during the upcoming Christmas period will be travelling to and from Ireland, while approximately 10,000 passengers will be connecting passengers who pass through the airport.

Between Monday December 21 and Monday January 4, Dublin Airport expects that there will be an average of 8,615 departing and arriving passengers passing through the airport per day. During the same period last year, an average of 83,508 departing and arriving passengers passed through the airport per day.

Dublin Airport said that it expects that slightly more departing passengers than arriving passengers will pass through the airport during this year's Christmas period, with departures expected to account for 52% of traffic at the airport during the period.


December 27 is expected to be the busiest day at Dublin Airport during this year's Christmas season.

More Unpredictable Than A Normal Christmas

Dublin Airport added that the traffic situation this year is more unpredictable than a normal Christmas, so the final passenger number may differ from the forecast traffic levels.

Shannon And Cork

As reported earlier this month, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport are both also anticipating significantly lower than usual passenger traffic during this year's Christmas period due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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