According to a statement published on the website of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of passengers who passed through Ireland's main airports increased year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022.
According to the statement published on CSO.ie, the number of travellers who passed through Ireland’s main airports increased by over 11 times year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022 to 4.7 million, with close to 4.3 million more people travelling through Irish airports in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of last year, but this number was 21% less than the number recorded for the same period in pre-COVID-19 pandemic 2019.
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The number of flights that arrived to and departed from Irish airports in the first quarter of 2022 increased by over 32,000 year-on-year, according to the statement published on CSO.ie, which noted that a little more than 41,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in the first quarter of this year, with Dublin handling 85% of all flights (35,120) and Cork handling 7% of all flights (2,683).
The statement published on CSO.ie also noted that London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for Dublin Airport passengers in Q1 2022, while London-Stansted was the most popular routes for Cork, Shannon and Knock airports, and London-Luton was the most popular route for Kerry Airport; the number of passengers that arrived to or departed from Ireland in March increased by 76% compared with March of 2020 but was still 25% less than the number that was recorded for the same month in 2019; and air freight handled by Irish airports decreased by 2% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022.
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