According to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas arrivals to Ireland increased by 218.5% year-on-year in September of 2021 from 254,400 to 810,100, while the number of overseas departures from the country increased by 234.5% year-on-year from 236,700 to 792,000.
However, Ireland's overseas arrivals decreased in September from August, with the number of overseas arrivals being down 1.4% in September from 821,700 in August, while the number of overseas departures in September was up 1.4% from 781,000 in August.
The CSO noted that for every overseas traveller in September of 2021, there were remained less than half that of pre-COVID-19 pandemic September t of 2019, when there were 1,871,100 arrivals and 1,869,300 departures.
Air Vs. Sea Figures
743,000 of the people who arrived in Ireland in September, or 91.7% of the total arrivals, came by air, while 67,100, or 8.3%, came by sea.
716,600 of the people who departed Ireland in September, or 90.5% of the total departures, left by air, while 75,400, or 9.5%, left by sea.
Most Common Routes
493,100 of the people who arrived in Ireland in September, or 60.9% of the total arrivals, came by continental routes, 252,700 (31.2%) came by cross-channel routes and 40,500 (5.0%) came by transatlantic routes.
458,600 of the people who departed Ireland in September, or 57.9% of the total departures, left by continental routes, 277,100 (35.0%) left by cross-channel routes and 40,000 (5.1%) left by transatlantic routes.
Most Common Departure Points And Destinations
The three most common departure points for people who arrived in Ireland in September were Great Britain, Spain and France, with 252,500 people arriving from Great Britain, 128,800 people arriving from Spain and 53,000 people arriving from France.
The three most common destinations for people who departed Ireland in September were also Great Britain, Spain and France, with 276,900 people travelling to Great Britain, 130,300 people travelling to Spain and 49,600 people travelling to France.
First Nine Months Figures
2,551,600 people arrived in Ireland during the first nine months of 2021, while 2,609,100 people departed Ireland during the first nine months of 2021. According to the CSO, these figures compare with 4,031,000 arrivals and 4,013,600 departures during the same period in 2020, and 15,692,600 arrivals and 15,753,300 departures during the same period in 2019.
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