According to a statement published on CSO.ie, the number of passengers who arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in April 2023 increased to over 1,785,000 – from 1,476,600 in April 2022 – with 1,676,600 passengers arriving by air and 108,300 arriving by sea.
More arriving passengers came via Great Britain than any other country, with 634,500 passengers arriving therefrom in the fourth month of 2023.
Statement By Statistician
The statement published on CSO.ie quoted a statistician in the tourism and travel division, Gregg Patrick, as saying, “The latest air and sea travel statistics show that 1,785,000 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in April 2023. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represented a substantial increase on April 2022, when 1,476,600 passengers arrived on overseas routes. This growth is even more substantial when compared with April 2021, when just 69,400 passengers arrived on these routes. Passenger arrivals are higher than pre-pandemic April 2019, when 1,712,900 passengers arrived on overseas routes, representing an increase of 4.2%.
“The recovery is seen in both modes of travel – air and sea – although the recovery in air travel is most pronounced, as it was up by 21.8% in April 2023, compared with April 2022. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most – 40.6% – in relative terms, increasing from 120,800 in April 2022 to 169,800 in April 2023. Among the Continental routes, Spanish routes remain the busiest, with 245,900 passengers arriving on these routes in April 2023 – a 24.4% increase, compared with April 2022.
“However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 634,500 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain in April 2023, compared with just 548,300 in April 2022.”
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