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Overseas Arrivals To Ireland Increased Year On Year In September

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

There was over double the number of overseas arrivals to Ireland in September of this year, 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 September of this year increased to over 1,726,100 – from 810,100 in September of last year – with 1,626,800 passengers arriving by air and 99,200 arriving by sea. A higher number of arriving passengers came via Great Britain than via any other country, with 525,200 overseas arrivals therefrom.

Statement By Statistician

The statement published on quoted statistician Gregg Patrick as saying, “The latest air and sea travel statistics show 1,726,100 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in September 2022. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represent a very substantial increase on September 2021, when 810,100 passengers arrived on overseas routes. The increase is even more substantial when compared with September 2020, when just 254,400 passengers arrived on these routes. However, passenger arrivals remain significantly lower (7.7%) than pre-pandemic September 2019, when 1,871,100 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, as it has more than doubled when compared with September 2021. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most, in relative terms, with five passengers arriving on transatlantic routes in September 2022 for every one passenger in September 2021. Among the Continental routes, Spanish routes were the busiest, with 250,200 passengers arriving on these routes – an almost twofold increase, compared to September 2021.

“However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 525,200 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain, compared to just 252,500 in September 2021,” Patrick added.

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