According to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas arrivals to Ireland increased by 1,692.0%, year on year, in March 2022 – from 61,400 to 1,100,700 – while the number of overseas departures from the country increased by 1,488.0%, year on year, from 66,500 to 1,055,400.
Ireland’s overseas arrivals also increased in March, from February, with the number of overseas arrivals up by 39.8% in March, from 787,300 in February, while the number of overseas departures in March went up by 34.4%, from 785,200 in February.
The CSO noted that overseas travel in March 2022 was approximately 75% less than pre-pandemic March of 2019, when there were 1,465,900 arrivals and 1,436,600 departures.
Air Vs Sea Figures
Some 1,056,800 of the people who arrived in Ireland in March – 96% of the total arrivals – came by air, while 43,900, or 4%, came by sea.
Some 1,014,700 of the people who departed Ireland in March – 96.1% of the total departures – left by air, while 40,800, or 3.9%, left by sea.
Most Common Routes
Some 554,200 of the people who arrived in Ireland in March – 50.4% of the total arrivals – came by Continental routes, 427,900 (38.9%) came by cross-channel routes, and 86,600 (7.9%) came by transatlantic routes.
Some 529,500 of the people who departed Ireland in March – 50.2% of the total departures – left by Continental routes, 414,600 (39.3%) left by cross-channel routes, and 82,700 (7.8%) left by transatlantic routes.
Most Common Departure Points And Destinations
The three most common departure points for people who arrived in Ireland in March were Great Britain, Spain and the US, with all cross-channel activity arriving from Great Britain, 121,600 people arriving from Spain, and 78,400 people arriving from the US.
The three most common destinations for people who departed Ireland in October were also Great Britain, Spain and the US, with all cross-channel activity travelling to Great Britain, 125,100 people travelling to Spain, and 75,400 people travelling to the US.
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