According to a statement published on the website of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of passengers who passed through Ireland’s main airports increased, year on year, in 2021.
According to the statement published on CSO.ie, the number of travellers who passed through Ireland’s main airports increased by 10%, year on year, in 2021, to 9.1 million, but this number was 76% less than the number recorded for pre-pandemic 2019.
Some 4.5 million travellers passed through Ireland’s main airports during the fourth quarter of last year, which was 47% less than the number of travellers who passed through Ireland’s main airports in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the statement published on CSO.ie, which noted that Dublin Airport accounted for 90% of the air travellers who were carried in last year.
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The statement published on CSO.ie also noted that over 94,000 flights were handled by Ireland’s main airports last year, which was a 66% decrease on 2019, with Dublin Airport accounting for 88% of all flights (82,514) and Shannon accounting 5% thereof (4,836); London-Heathrow and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for Dublin Airport passengers last year, while London-Heathrow and London-Stansted were the most popular routes for Cork Airport passengers, London-Stansted was the most popular route for Shannon Airport passengers, and London-Luton was the most popular route for Ireland West Airport Knock and Kerry Airport passengers; 92% of passengers who travelled on international flights through Ireland’s main airports last year travelled to or from Europe, with the two most popular countries of origin/destination being the UK and Spain, while the US was the most popular country of origin/destination outside of Europe last year; and, when seasonally adjusted, there was a 71% increase in the number of travellers who passed through Ireland’s main airports in the fourth quarter of last year, compared to the third quarter of last year.
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