Passenger arrivals 5.4% fewer than pre-pandemic
- More than 1,633,800 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in October 2022.
- This compares with 925,500 arrivals in October 2021, an increase of 76.5%.
- Some 1,557,200 passengers arrived by air and 76,600 by sea in October 2022.
- More arrivals came via Great Britain (552,600) than via any other country in October 2022.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (29 November 2022) released Air and Sea Travel Statistics for October 2022.
Commenting on the release, Gregg Patrick, statistician, said: “The latest Air and Sea Travel Statistics show that 1,633,800 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in October 2022. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represent a very substantial increase on October 2021, when 925,500 passengers arrived on overseas routes. The increase is even more substantial when compared with October 2020 when just 160,900 passengers arrived on these routes. However, passenger arrivals remain lower (5.4%) than pre-pandemic October 2019, when 1,727,100 passengers arrived on overseas routes.
The recovery is seen in both modes of travel (air and sea), although the recovery in air travel is most pronounced, increasing 82.5% compared with October 2021. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most. In relative terms, there were four passengers arriving on transatlantic routes in October 2022 for every one passenger in October 2021. Among the continental routes, Spanish routes were the busiest, with 232,300 passengers arriving on these routes, a 52.6% increase compared with October 2021.
However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 552,600 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain, compared to just 314,200 in October 2021.”
You can read the full report here.