Press Release: Air and Sea Travel Statistics May 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021. 1:38pm
press statement Air and Sea Travel Statistics May 2021

Air and Sea Travel Statistics May 2021

Overseas travel increases in May
  • In May 2021, 85,400 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes (up 23% on April 2021)
  • In the same month, 97,000 passengers departed from Ireland on overseas routes (up 33% on the previous month)
  • Overseas travel was considerably higher than in May 2020, when 28,300 passengers arrived, and 36,300 passengers departed
  • Overseas travel remains dramatically lower than pre-pandemic May 2019, when 1,818,900 passengers arrived and 1,851,600 passengers departed

Go to release: Air and Sea Travel Statistics May 2021

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (29 June 2021) released Air and Sea Travel Statistics May 2021.

Commenting on the release, Gregg Patrick, Statistician, said: “The Air and Sea Travel Statistics for May 2021 show a rise in overseas travel compared to the preceding month. In May 2021, 85,400 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland, compared to 69,400 in April 2021, an increase of 23%. In May 2021, 97,000 overseas passengers departed from Ireland, compared to 73,000 in April 2021, an increase of 33%.

The May 2021 statistics show that continental routes contributed most to the passenger traffic. Some 45,400 passengers arrived on continental routes and 52,900 passengers departed on continental routes. By way of contrast, 32,400 passengers arrived on cross-channel routes and 36,000 passengers departed on cross-channel routes. Just 4,900 passengers arrived on transatlantic routes and 4,500 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 May 2021 were the Netherlands (8,200 arrivals, 9,100 departures), Poland (6,500 arrivals, 7,800 departures) and Spain (6,800 arrivals, 7,300 departures).

When we look at the year-to-date picture (January-May 2021), the statistics show that 379,100 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland and 408,400 overseas passengers departed from Ireland. This compares to both 3.1 million arrivals and departures in the same period in 2020 and 7.4 million arrivals and 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.”

For further information contact:

Gregg Patrick (+353) 21 453 5202 or James Mahon (+353) 21 453 5463

or email [email protected]

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