According to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas arrivals to Ireland increased by 440.8%, year on year, in January 2022 – from 108,000 to 584,100 – while the number of overseas departures from the country increased by 373.6% year on year, from 118,700 to 562,300.
Ireland’s overseas arrivals decreased in January from December, with the number down by 15.7% in January, from 692,900 in December, while the number of overseas departures in January went down by 23.3%, from 732,700 in December.
The CSO noted that overseas travel in January 2022 was approximately half that of pre-pandemic January 2020, when there were 1,235,100 arrivals and 1,239,800 departures.
Air Vs Sea Figures
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Some 563,400 of the people who arrived in Ireland in January – 96.5% of total arrivals – came by air, while 20,600, or 3.5%, came by sea.
Some 528,400 of the people who departed Ireland in January – 94.0% of total departures – left by air, while 33,900, or 6.0%, left by sea.
Most Common Routes
Some 355,200 of the people who arrived in Ireland in January – 60.8% of total arrivals – came by Continental routes, 164,700 (28.2%) came by cross-channel routes, and 40,200 (6.9%) came by transatlantic routes.
Some 296,800 of the people who departed Ireland in January – 52.8% of total departures – left by Continental routes, 203,600 (36.2%) left by cross-channel routes, and 40,800 (7.3%) left by transatlantic routes.
Most Common Departure Points And Destinations
The three most common departure points for people who arrived in Ireland in January were Great Britain, Spain and France, with all cross-channel activity arriving from Great Britain, 88,900 people arriving from Spain, and 39,100 people arriving from France.
The three most common destinations for people who departed Ireland in January were also Great Britain, Spain and Germany, with all cross-channel activity travelling to Great Britain, 77,500 people travelling to Spain, and 33,000 people travelling to France.
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