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Press Statement Air and Sea Travel Statistics April 2021

Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2021.
Press Statement Air and Sea Travel Statistics March 2021
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Press Statement Air and Sea Travel Statistics April 2021

Overseas travel increases in April
  • In April 2021, 69,400 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes (up 13.1% on March 2021)
  • In the same month, 73,000 passengers departed from Ireland on overseas routes (up 9.8% on the previous month)
  • Overseas travel was considerably higher than in April 2020, when 16,100 passengers arrived, and 17,800 passengers departed
  • Overseas travel remains dramatically lower than pre-pandemic times as 1,712,900 passengers arrived and 1,736,400 passengers departed Ireland in April 2019

Go to release: Air and Sea Travel Statistics April 2021

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (31 May 2021) released Air and Sea Travel Statistics April 2021.

Commenting on the release, Gregg Patrick, Statistician, said: “The Air and Sea Travel Statistics for April 2021 show a rise in overseas travel compared to the preceding month. In April 2021, 69,400 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland, compared to 61,400 in March 2021, an increase of 13.1%. In April 2021, 73,000 overseas passengers departed from Ireland, compared to 66,500 in March 2021, an increase of 9.8%.

The April 2021 statistics show that continental routes contributed most to the passenger traffic. Some 40,100 passengers arrived on continental routes and 37,300 passengers departed on continental routes. By way of contrast, 21,600 passengers arrived on cross-channel routes and 28,000 passengers departed on cross-channel routes. Just 3,300 passengers arrived on transatlantic routes and the same number of passengers departed on these routes.

Apart from Great Britain (which accounted for all cross-channel routes), the most important routing countries for overseas travel in April 2021 were the Netherlands (7,300 arrivals, 6,100 departures), Spain (6,300 arrivals, 5,000 departures) and Poland (4,700 arrivals and departures).

When we look at the year-to-date picture (January-April 2021), the statistics show that 293,700 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland and 311,400 overseas passengers departed from Ireland. This compares to 3.1 million arrivals and 3.1 million departures in the same period in 2020 and 5.6 million arrivals and 5.6 million departures in the same period in 2019. This illustrates the ongoing dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel to and from Ireland.”

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