According to data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of passenger journeys on public transport at the end of February was below pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, with public transport journeys in the week that started on 20 February 2022 being 65% of the number in early March 2020, before the pandemic began.
Rail And Bus Journeys
In a statement published on its website, the CSO said that the number of bus journeys in Dublin for week that started on 20 February 2022 was 66% of the level in early March 2020, and that this compared with 70% for bus journeys outside of Dublin and 59% for rail journeys.
The CSO noted that rail data includes passenger journeys on Intercity and DART services.
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Meanwhile, Luas journeys increased by 67% between the start of January and the end of February of 2022, but Luas journeys in the eighth week of this year were below pre-pandemic levels, with the number of journeys in the eighth week of this year being 66% of the level for the same week in 2020 for the Luas red line and 59% for the Luas green line, according to the statement published on the CSO's website.
Airport Passenger Data
The statement published on the CSO's website also said that he number of passengers travelling through the Ireland's main airports in February of this year was over 15 times of that of February of last year, but the number of passengers travelling through Ireland's main airports in February of this year was 35% lower than the same month in pre-pandemic 2020
The number of passengers in Dublin airport in February of this year was close to 14 times higher than in February of last year, but 65% of the level seen in the same month in 2020, with there being 1,313,698 passengers in February of 2022 and 2,030,643 in pre-pandemic February of 2020, according to the statement published on the CSO’s website.
Additionally, the statement published on the CSO's website noted that Ireland West Airport Knock was closed from April to June of 2020 and from February to May of 2021, and that Cork Airport was closed in October of 2021.
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