CSO: Air and Sea Travel Statistics February 2023

Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
Press Statement CSO travel central statistics office

Air and Sea Travel Statistics February 2023

Key Findings

  • More than 1,228,900 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in February 2023.
  • This compares with 787,300 arrivals in February 2022, an increase of 56.1%.
  • Some 1,184,200 passengers arrived by air and 44,700 by sea in February 2023.
  • More arrivals came via Great Britain (493,100) than via any other country in February 2023.

Statistician’s Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (29 March 2023) released Air and Sea Travel Statistics for February 2023.

Commenting on the release, Gregg Patrick, Statistician in the Tourism and Travel Division, said: “The latest Air and Sea Travel Statistics show that 1,228,900 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes in February 2023. These passengers, comprising foreign visitors arriving in Ireland and Irish overseas travellers returning home, represented a very substantial increase on February 2022, when 787,300 passengers arrived on overseas routes. The increase is even more substantial when compared with February 2021 when just 54,800 passengers arrived on these routes. Passenger arrivals are also higher than pre-pandemic February 2020, when 1,215,100 passengers arrived on overseas routes, representing an increase of 1.1%.

The recovery is seen in both modes of travel (air and sea), although the recovery in air travel is most pronounced, increasing by 56.9% in February 2023 compared with February 2022. The recovery is also spread across all major routes, with transatlantic traffic up most (97.5%) in relative terms, increasing from 38,100 in February 2022 to 75,300 in February 2023. Among the continental routes, Spanish routes remain the busiest, with 134,100 passengers arriving on these routes in February 2023, a 42.5% increase compared with February 2022.

However, in overall terms, Great Britain remained the most important departure country for overseas travel to Ireland, with 493,100 passengers arriving on air and sea routes from Great Britain in February 2023, compared with just 318,500 in February 2022.”

Read the full report from CSO.

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