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New Air Services Activity And Flight Sales Data For Ireland Released; Kerry Airport Hoping To Resume Many UK And Europe Flights; Air Canada Restarts Flights Between Dublin And Toronto

Published on Aug 5 2021 1:30 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Dublin Airport / IATA / International Air Transport Association / Air Canada / Kerry Airport / Eurocontrol / Bank of America / Revolut

New Air Services Activity And Flight Sales Data For Ireland Released; Kerry Airport Hoping To Resume Many UK And Europe Flights; Air Canada Restarts Flights Between Dublin And Toronto

Figures from air traffic control body Eurocontrol have revealed that there were 394 flights in and out of the Republic of Ireland on Monday August 2, which was a bank holiday in Ireland.

As reported by The Irish Times, the total was approximately 40% of the 947 flights in and out of the Republic on Monday August 5, 2019.

Flights in Europe reportedly totalled 24,739 on August 2, which was 70% of the 34,894 that Eurocontrol recorded for the first Monday in August of 2019.

Dublin Airport reportedly hosted 315 flights On August 2, which compares to 757 on the same day in 2019, according to Eurocontrol.

Aer Lingus reportedly flew 60 services in and out of the Republic on August 2, with 12 in Northern Ireland, while Ryanair reportedly flew 188 services, 160 of which were in or out of Dublin Airport.

When international travel from Ireland resumed on July 19, flight numbers increased by approximately 25% to 393 on that day.

Cork Airport July Data

The release of the above data follows a statement published by Cork Airport on its website ahead of the August bank holiday weekend that said, "While there has been an increase in the numbers of passengers flying from Cork Airport since non-essential international travel restrictions were lifted almost two weeks ago, the numbers travelling are still below pre-COVID times. Cork Airport is normally handling about 10,000 passengers daily at this time of the year.

"All attention now is focused on building our business back better and stronger and expanding our route network. We now have 20 routes back on sale with six airlines, so passengers across the south of Ireland have plenty of opportunities to take a well-earned break before schools go back in August and September."

The above statement by Cork Airport was published on Cork Airport's website along with the following table of statistics:

WEEKLY DAILY AVERAGE   PASSENGER NUMBERS   % DOWN ON PRE COVID LEVELS  
1-7 July 612 93%
8-14 July 633 87%
15-21 July 933 89%
22-28 July 1,561 83%

European Flight Data

Meanwhile, as reported by The Irish Times, Bank of America analysts noted that European flights were 68% of 2019 levels on July 29.

Sales of flights within Europe reportedly increased to 57% of pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels during the seven day period that ended on July 25, from 50% the previous week. However, sales of long-haul trips reportedly decreased to 24% of 2019 levels from 28%.

Bank of America reportedly that that left sales of all flights in Europe at 32% of 2019, compared to 34% the previous week.

Traffic on European airlines' websites was reportedly running at 80% of 2019 levels during the week that ended on July 27, according to Bank of America's sky tracker, and British Airways and EasyJet reportedly saw increases of four to six percentage points on their websites.

Losses Last Year

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reportedly said that airlines lost $126.4 billion (€105.2 billion) last year, confirming 2020 as the industry's worst year on record.

IATA chief executive Willie Walsh reportedly dubbed 2020 the year the industry wants to forget, and said, "A million jobs disappeared,", adding that rapid action by airlines and their workers saw them through the crisis.

According to the IATA, 1.8 billion people flew last year, which was 40% of the 4.5 billion who travelled by air in 2019, and airlines’ passenger revenues decreased by 69% to $189 billion.

Revolut Data On Spending On Airlines

As reported by rte.ie, according to the latest monthly spending report from Revolut, spending on airlines by the digital banking app's customers was up by 50% in July compared to June.

Spending at airports reportedly was up by 57% month-on-month, while spending increased by 70% at duty-free stores

The July 2021 Revolut Report reportedly also shows that spending outside the Republic of Ireland by Irish Revolut customers increased by 39% in July compared to June.

Revolut has more than 1.5 million Irish customers.

Among the 45-54 age category, foreign expenditure was reportedly 70% higher month-on-month; among the 35-44 bracket, the increase was reportedly 55%; there reportedly an increase of 33% among the 18-24 age group; and 31% among 25-34-year-olds.

Overall, consumer spending by Irish Revolut customers was reportedly 8% higher in July than in June.

Revolut Ireland head of public affairs Sebastian Hamilton reportedly said, "The introduction of the COVID passport on July 19th appears to have been a significant factor in the return of international travel, as shown by the surge in spending on airlines, and at airport shops and duty-free.

"It is also notable that the largest increases in spending abroad in July came in the 45-54 and 35-44 age groups. This may be a further indication of the impact of the COVID passport for those age groups who are likely to have been fully vaccinated in time to travel abroad during July."

Kerry Airport Hoping To Resume Many UK And Europe Flights

The above news coincides with news Kerry Airport has said that it is hoping to resume many UK and Europe flights this summer after Ryanair took over the route between Dublin and Kerry route following the collapse of Stobart Air.

As reported by The Irish Examiner, Kerry Airport has also recorded a decrease in turnover to €3.4 million for last year from €8.6 million in 2019.

The airport reportedly recorded a pre-tax loss of €189,960, compared with a profit of €1.2 million the previous year, which reportedly also takes account of a previously-announced investment loss of almost €306,000 that the airport took on a €1.5 million multi-year market investment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kerry Airport chief executive John Mulhern reportedly acknowledged in the accounts the levels of public grant aid that the airport has received, but reportedly added that more government support will likely be required "in 2021 and beyond" as the airport is anticipating further losses and the costs of keeping its aerodrome licence.

Mulhern reportedly wrote in the accounts, "Most commentators continue to predict that air travel will not return to 2019 levels until at least 2023."

Kerry Airport reportedly received a total of €1.8 million from the Department of Transport in 2020, up from €1.27 million the previous year, according to the accounts.

Air Canada Restarts Flights Between Dublin And Toronto

The above news also coincides with news that Air Canada has restarted flights between Dublin and Toronto.

As reported by The Irish Times, Air Canada has said that it has stated flying three times a week between Dublin and Toronto, with return flights to each on alternate days.

Air Canada will reportedly fly from Dublin to Toronto on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and from Toronto to Dublin on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Air Canada regional manager, sales, UK and Ireland, Stephen Gerrard, Air Canada reportedly said that the service will provide Irish customers with direct access to Toronto as well as connections to 40 destinations in Canada, the US and Mexico.

The airline will reportedly use a Boeing 787-9 on the route with 298 seats, including 247 in economy.

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