CSO: Air and Sea Travel Statistics January 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
Press Statement CSO travel central statistics office

Passenger arrivals up 1.4% on pre-pandemic January 2020

Key Findings

  • More than 1,252,000 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in January 2023.
  • This compares with 584,100 arrivals in January 2022, an increase of 114.4%.
  • Some 1,216,600 passengers arrived by air and 35,400 by sea in January 2023.
  • More arrivals came via Great Britain (447,000) than via any other country in January 2023.

Statistician’s Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (27 February 2023) released Air and Sea Travel Statistics for January 2023.

Commenting on the release, Gregg Patrick, Statistician in the Tourism and Travel Division, said: “The latest Air and Sea Travel Statistics show that 1,252,000 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in January 2023. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represented a very substantial increase on January 2022, when 584,100 passengers arrived on overseas routes. The increase is even more substantial when compared with January 2021 when just 108,000 passengers arrived on these routes. Passenger arrivals are also higher than pre-pandemic January 2020, when 1,235,100 passengers arrived on overseas routes, representing an increase of 1.4%.

The recovery is seen in both modes of travel (air and sea), although the recovery in air travel is most pronounced, increasing by 115.9% in January 2023 compared with January 2022. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most (126.4%) in relative terms, increasing from 40,200 in January 2022 to 91,100 in January 2023. Among the continental routes, Spanish routes remain the busiest, with 153,100 passengers arriving on these routes in January 2023, a 72.2% increase compared with January 2022.

However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 447,000 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain in January 2023, compared to just 164,700 in January 2022.”

Read the full report on the CSO website.

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