New Report Predicts Air Traffic In Republic Of Ireland Will Recover To 43% Of 2019 Levels In 2021
A new report from EU-wide organisation of air navigation authorities Eurocontrol has predicted that air traffic in the Republic of Ireland will recover to 43% of 2019 levels in 2021.
As reported by The Irish Times, the above prediction indicates that the Republic's aviation recovery will be slower than aviation recovery in the rest of Europe, where the report says air traffic is expected to reach 50% of 2019 totals this year.
Eurocontrol reportedly estimates that the Republic has lost 282,000 flights into and out of the state since March of last year, and the organisation's figures reportedly show that an average of 181 flights arrive into and depart the Republic every day at present, which is an 80% decrease on 2019.
Dublin Airport reportedly is the Republic's busiest airport, with 136 flights per day, and the most active airline reportedly is Ryanair, with 39 services per day.
Eurocontrol reportedly has forecast that traffic will recover to 71% of 2019 levels in 2022.
According to The Irish Times, over 104,000 people travelled through the Republic's airports per day in 2019, which resulted in a total of 37.9 million.
Also according to The Irish Times, air travel in the Republic is continuing to trail the rest of the EU, and figures produced last week show that passenger bookings in the bloc in the final week of May were one third of the same period in 2019.
Eurocontrol Director General Statement
The Irish Times quotes Eurocontrol director general Eamonn Brennan as saying that while Eurocontrol is "anticipating an uptick in summer traffic, [its] most likely medium-term scenario envisages a coordinated lifting of restrictions by quarter one 2022 between regions, which facilitates more long-haul travel. We'll probably have around 50% of 2019 traffic for all of 2021, 5.5 million flights."
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