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Press Statement Aviation Statistics Quarter 1 2021

Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Press Statement Aviation Statistics

Press Statement Aviation Statistics Quarter 1 2021

Continuing impact of COVID-19 on international air travel in Q1 2021
  • More than 5.5 million fewer passengers used Irish airports in Q1 2021 compared to Q1 2020
  • Number of flights to and from Irish airports in Q1 fell by more than 42,000 compared to the same period in 2020
  • The number of passengers arriving to or departing from Ireland in March fell by 90% compared to the same month in 2020
  • Air freight handled by Irish airports in Q1 2021 was up 3% compared to Q1 2020

Go to release: Aviation Statistics Quarter 1 2021

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (15 June 2021) published Aviation Statistics for Quarter 1 2021. Passenger numbers are received for the five main airports: Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry.

Commenting on the release, Dr Nele van der Wielen, Statistician, said: “The figures show a substantial decline in international travel during Q1 2021. There were decreases in passenger numbers for January, February and March. Data for February 2021 shows a drop of 96% compared to the same month in 2020These decreases are associated with restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.

In Q1 2021, almost 209,000 passengers travelled to Ireland and 210,000 passengers departed from Ireland. These numbers represent a fall of 93% in the number of passengers arriving to or departing from Ireland, when compared to the same period in 2020.

The amount of air freight handled by the main airports increased by 3% to 38,347 tonnes in the first three months of 2021 when compared with the same period in 2020.”

For further information contact:

Dr Nele van der Wielen (+353) 21 453 5379 or Noreen Dorgan (+353) 21 453 5260

or email [email protected]

or email [email protected]

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