According to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas arrivals to Ireland increased by 126.6% year-on-year in August of 2021 from 362,600 to 821,700, while the number of overseas departures from the country increased by 138% year-on-year from 328,200 to 781,000.
Ireland's overseas arrivals and departures also increased in August from July, with the number of overseas arrivals being up 115.8% in August from 380,700 in July and the number of overseas departures being up 82.2% from 428,600 in July.
However, the CSO noted that for every overseas traveller in August of 2021, there were close to three in pre-COVID-19 pandemic August of 2019, when there were 2,256,500 arrivals and 2,191,900 departures.
Air Vs. Sea Figures
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720,400 of the people who arrived in Ireland in August, or 87.7% of the total arrivals, came by air, while 101,300, or 12.3%, came by sea.
673,300 of the people who departed Ireland in August, or 86.2% of the total departures, left by air, while 108,000, or 13.8%, left by sea.
Most Common Routes
508,100 of the people who arrived in Ireland in August, or 61.8% of the total arrivals, came by continental routes, 247,700 (30.1%) came by cross-channel routes and 43,200 (5.3%) came by transatlantic routes.
452,800 of the people who departed Ireland in August, or 58.0% of the total departures, left by continental routes, 265,600 (34.0%) left by cross-channel routes and 43,300 (5.5%) left by transatlantic routes.
Most Common Departure Points And Destinations
The three most common departure points for people who arrived in Ireland in August were Great Britain, Spain and France, with 247,100 people arriving from Great Britain, 132,100 people arriving from Spain and 57,100 people arriving from France.
The three most common destinations for people who departed Ireland in August were also Great Britain, Spain and France, with 264,900 people travelling to Great Britain, 121,200 people travelling to Spain and 52,900 people travelling to France.
First Eight Months Figures
1,741,500 people arrived in Ireland during the first eight months of 2021, while 1,817,100 people departed Ireland during the first eight months of 2021. According to the CSO, these figures compare with 3,776,600 arrivals and 3,776,900 departures during the same period in 2020, and 13,821,600 arrivals and 13,884,000 departures during the same period in 2019.
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