Resumption Of International Travel Boosts Number Of Flights Into And Out Of Ireland
The resumption of international travel from Ireland on Monday July 19 boosted the number of flights into and out of the country by approximately 25% to 393 on July 19.
As reported by The Irish Times, the resumption of international travel boosted the number of flights into and out of Ireland to 393 on Monday July 19 from 313 on Sunday July 11, according to figures published by air navigation organisation Eurocontrol.
Ryanair And Aer Lingus
Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights reportedly accounted for 242 of the total flights into and out of Ireland on July 19, with Ryanair operating 176 flights into and out of the country, 150 of which were at Dublin Airport, and Aer Lingus operating 66 flights into and out of the country.
Still Lagging Behind The Rest Of The EU
Aer Lingus reportedly noted that it operated 346 flights on July 19, 2019, and Eurocontrol's figures reportedly indicates that on there were 955 flights into and out of Ireland on Monday July 22, 2019, meaning that air traffic in Ireland is still trailing pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels by 60%, which reportedly leaves Ireland lagging behind the rest of the EU, where air travel is reportedly less than 40% behind pre-pandemic totals following three months of steady recovery.
Passenger Number Expectation
Approximately 20,000 people are reportedly expected to travel through Dublin Airport per day this week, which is up from an estimated 14,000 last week. Dublin Airport would normally expect to handle 115,000 travellers per days at this time of year.
Increase In Multitrip.com Policy Sales
Meanwhile, travel insurer multitrip.com has reportedly recorded that its policy sales have increased by 500% since the start of May, when it became clear that the government would ease restrictions on international this summer.
The company’s head of travel, Jason Whelan reportedly said that it is clear from those numbers that Irish residents are ready to start travelling overseas again.
Multitrip.com reportedly said that it has added cover for medical expenses and cancellations caused by a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, but it has not increased premiums.
OAG Capacity Data
Global travel data provider OAG has reportedly calculated that western European airlines have boosted capacity to close to 16.5 million seats this week, which is 62% of the total capacity that was recorded during the same period in 2019.
Eastern and central Europe will reportedly have 4.3 million seats in total, which is 82% of pre-pandemic levels, and OAG reportedly noted that Ryanair increased its capacity to over 2.9 million seats this week.
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