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Overseas Arrivals To Ireland Increased 11-Fold Year-On-Year In June

By Dave Simpson
Overseas Arrivals To Ireland Increased 11-Fold Year-On-Year In June

There were 12% less overseas arrivals to Ireland in June of this year compared to pre-COVID-19 pandemic, however, the number of overseas arrivals in the sixth month of 2022 increased 11-fold year-on-year, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).


According to a statement published on, the number of passengers that arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in June of this year increased 11-fold year-on-year to over 1,703,200 from 160,000 in June of last year, with 1,605,700 passengers arriving by air and 97,500 arriving by sea, and a higher number of arriving passengers came via Great Britain than via any other country, with 530,600 overseas arrivals coming from Great Britain.

Statement By Statistician

The statement published on quoted statistician Gregg Patrick as saying, "The latest air and sea travel statistics show 1,703,200 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland in June 2022. This shows a dramatic recovery compared to June 2021, when 160,000 overseas passengers arrived (and an even more dramatic recovery compared to June 2020, when just 57,100 overseas passengers arrived). However, overseas arrivals remain significantly lower (12%) than pre-pandemic June 2019, when 1,941,100 overseas passengers arrived.

"The recovery is seen in both modes of travel (air and sea), although the recovery in air travel is most dramatic (with a twelve-fold increase compared to June 2021). The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most in relative terms with 19 transatlantic passengers arriving in June 2022 for every one in June 2021. Among the continental routes, Spanish routes were the busiest, with 250,800 passengers arriving on these routes, a more than seventeen-fold increase compared to June 2021.

"However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travellers to Ireland, with 530,600 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain, compared to just 57,700 in June 2021."

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