Irish Air Travel Lagging Behind European Recovery
According to The Irish Times, Irish air travel is lagging behind the European recovery that has driven traffic past 50% of pre-pandemic levels for the first time as people take off for summer holidays.
New figures show that airline seats and traffic growing across Europe with holidaymakers leading the way in aviation’s recovery.
The figures showed that on June 20th, flights in and out of the Republic were 76% down on 2019 levels, against 49.7% for the rest of Europe.
The Eurocontrol figures show that Ireland continues to be Europe's worst air travel performer, with about 24% of 2019 traffic levels.
Flights across Europe reached 19,826 on June 18, which Eurocontrol chief executive Eamonn Brennan said was the highest since March 2020.
Overall, the total was just over half the number of flights in the region during the same week in 2019, the year before COVID-19 grounded the continent’s airlines.
There were only 181 flights in and out of the Republic of Ireland for the first week of June, 20% of the traffic from 2019.
Airlines in western Europe added 700,000 seats last week according to aviation news publisher OAG, as it looks to appeal to those planning summer holidays.
EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate
The uptick in demand for summer holidays was clear elsewhere, as Bank of America's weekly skytracker indicated that traffic on both Ryanair's and rival Wizz's websites was reaching 2019 levels as growing numbers of people shop for flights.
Muneeba Kayani, the bank's analyst, noted that in the week ending June 13th, sales of flights within Europe reached 52% of the equivalent period in 2019.
They were at 44% in the first week of the month.
Kayani believes that the growing number of member states adopting the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is aiding growth in the bloc.
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