According to a statement published on CSO.ie, the number of passengers who arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in October of this year increased to over 1,633,800, from 925,500 in October of last year, with 1,557,200 passengers arriving by air and 76,600 arriving by sea.
A higher number of arriving passengers came via Great Britain than any other country, with 552,600 passengers arriving from Great Britain in the tenth month of the year.
Statement By Statistician
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The statement published on CSO.ie quoted statistician Gregg Patrick as saying, “The latest air and sea travel statistics show that 1,633,800 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in October 2022. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represent a very substantial increase on October 2021, when 925,500 passengers arrived on overseas routes. The increase is even more substantial when compared with October 2020, when just 160,900 passengers arrived on these routes. However, passenger arrivals remain lower (5.4%) than pre-pandemic October 2019, when 1,727,100 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] 82.5%, compared with October 2021. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most. In relative terms, there were four passengers arriving on transatlantic routes in October 2022 for every one passenger in October 2021. Among the Continental routes, Spanish routes were the busiest, with 232,300 passengers arriving on these routes – a 52.6% increase, compared with October 2021.
“However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 552,600 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain, compared to just 314,200 in October 2021.”