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Overseas Arrivals To Ireland Increased Year On Year In May

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

The number of overseas arrivals to Ireland in May 2023 increased by 17.9% 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 May 2023 increased to over 1,877,900 from 1,592,400 in May 2022, with 1,770,500 passengers arriving by air and 107,400 arriving by sea.

More arriving passengers came via Great Britain than any other country, with 623,900 passengers arriving therefrom in the fifth month of 2023.

Statement By Statistician


The statement published on quoted statistician in the tourism and travel division Gregg Patrick as saying, "The latest air and sea travel statistics show that 1,877,900 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in May 2023. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represented a substantial increase on May 2022, when 1,592,400 passengers arrived on overseas routes. This growth is even more substantial when compared with May 2021 when just 85,400 passengers arrived on these routes. Passenger arrivals are higher than pre-pandemic May 2019, when 1,818,900 passengers arrived on overseas routes, representing an increase of 3.2%.

"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 17.9% in May 2023 compared with May 2022. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most (27.3%) in relative terms, increasing from 171,300 in May 2022 to 218,000 in May 2023. Among the continental routes, Spanish routes remain the busiest, with 264,900 passengers arriving on these routes in May 2023, up 20.3% on May 2022.

"However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 623,900 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain in May 2023, compared with just 536,200 in May 2022."

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