Central Statistics Office: Air and Sea Travel Statistics October 2021

Friday, November 26, 2021.
Air and Sea Travel Statistics October 2021

Overseas travel increased in October

  • In October 2021, 925,500 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes (up 14% on September 2021)
  • In the same month, 895,100 passengers departed from Ireland on overseas routes (up 13% on the previous month)
  • In October 2021, overseas travel was considerably higher than in October 2020, when 160,900 passengers arrived, and 163,300 passengers departed
  • Overseas travel remains considerably lower than pre-pandemic October 2019, when 1,727,100 passengers arrived, and 1,739,900 passengers departed

Go to release: Air and Sea Travel Statistics October 2021

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (26 November 2021) released Air and Sea Travel Statistics October 2021

Commenting on the release, Gregg Patrick, Statistician, said: “The Air and Sea Travel Statistics for October 2021 show a rise in overseas travel compared to the preceding month. In October 2021, 925,500 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland, compared to 810,100 in September 2021, an increase of 14%. In October 2021, 895,100 overseas passengers departed from Ireland, compared to 792,000 in September 2021, an increase of 13%.

The October 2021 statistics show that continental routes contributed most to the passenger traffic. Some 546,000 passengers arrived on continental routes and 505,600 passengers departed on continental routes. By way of contrast, 314,200 passengers arrived on cross-channel routes and 322,900 passengers departed on cross-channel routes. Just 39,000 passengers arrived on transatlantic routes and 42,100 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 October 2021 were Spain (152,200 arrivals, 140,900 departures), France (58,900 arrivals, 52,600 departures) and Portugal (53,000 arrivals, 48,000 departures).

When we look at the year-to-date picture (January-October 2021), the statistics show that 3,477,200 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland and 3,504,200 overseas passengers departed from Ireland. This compares to both 4.2 million arrivals and departures in the same period in 2020 and 17.4 million arrivals and 17.5 million departures in the same period in 2019. This illustrates the ongoing 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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