According to a statement published on CSO.ie, the number of passengers who arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in November of 2022 increased to over 1,340,400, from 785,800 in November of 2021, with 1,292,800 passengers arriving by air and 47,600 arriving by sea.
A higher number of arriving passengers came via Great Britain than any other country, with 521,900 passengers arriving from Great Britain in the 11th month of 2022.
Statement By Statistician
The statement published on CSO.ie quoted statistician Gregg Patrick as saying, "The latest air and sea travel statistics show that 1,340,400 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in November 2022. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represent a very substantial increase on November 2021, when 785,800 passengers arrived on overseas routes. The increase is even more substantial when compared with November 2020 when just 103,900 passengers arrived on these routes. Passenger arrivals have now effectively returned to pre-pandemic levels for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis, being just 0.8% lower than November 2019, when 1,351,400 passengers arrived on overseas routes.
"The recovery is seen in both modes of travel (air and sea), although the recovery in air travel is most pronounced, increasing by 71.3% in November 2022 compared with November 2021. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most. In relative terms, there were three passengers arriving on transatlantic routes in November 2022 for every one passenger in November 2021. Among the continental routes, Spanish routes remain the busiest, with 160,300 passengers arriving on these routes, a 69.4% increase compared with November 2021.
"However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 521,900 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain, compared to just 313,800 in November 2021."