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Overseas Arrivals To Ireland Increased Year On Year In January

By Dave Simpson
Overseas Arrivals To Ireland Increased Year On Year In January

The number of overseas arrivals to Ireland in January 2023 increased by 114.4%, compared to the same month last year, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).


According to a statement published on, the number of passengers who arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in January 2023 increased to over 1,252,000 – from 584,100 in January 2022 – with 1,216,600 passengers arriving by air and 35,400 arriving by sea.

A higher number of arriving passengers came via Great Britain than any other country, with 447,000 passengers arriving therefrom in the first month of 2023.

Statement By Statistician

The statement published on quoted statistician Gregg Patrick as saying, “The latest air and sea travel statistics show that 1,252,000 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in January 2023. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represented a very substantial increase on January 2022, when 584,100 passengers arrived on overseas routes. The increase is even more substantial when compared with January 2021, when just 108,000 passengers arrived on these routes. Passenger arrivals are also higher than pre-pandemic January 2020, when 1,235,100 passengers arrived on overseas routes, representing an increase of 1.4%.

“The recovery is seen in both modes of travel – air and sea – although the recovery in air travel is most pronounced, increasing by 115.9% in January 2023 compared with January 2022. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most – 126.4% – in relative terms, increasing from 40,200 in January 2022 to 91,100 in January 2023. Among the Continental routes, Spanish routes remain the busiest, with 153,100 passengers arriving on these routes in January 2023 – a 72.2% increase, compared with January 2022.


“However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 447,000 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain in January 2023, compared to just 164,700 in January 2022.”

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