• Cyril McAree

Air and Sea Travel Statistics - Overseas arrivals decreased 56.7% in March 2020

March 2020 saw a substantial fall in overseas travel to and from Ireland as the COVID-19 crisis progressed. There were 635,000 arrivals in March 2020 and 602,100 departures. This compares with monthly travel of more than 1.4 million in each direction in March 2019. Arrivals in March 2020 were 56.7% below the corresponding 2019 figure; departures were down by 58.1%

The fall in March also impacted the first quarter totals. Arrivals and departures in Q1 2020 were 20.2% and 20.7% respectively lower than in Q1 2019. Of the 635,000 persons arriving in Ireland, 603,600 (95.1%) arrived by air and 31,300 (4.9%) arrived by sea. Of the 602,100 persons departing Ireland, 575,600 (95.6%) departed by air and 26,500 (4.4%) departed by sea. Of those arriving in Ireland in March 2020, 273,100 (43.0%) came by cross-channel routes, 271,900 (42.8%) by continental routes, 59,900 (9.4%) by transatlantic routes and 29,900 (4.7%) by other overseas routes. The corresponding figures for those departing Ireland were 258,900 (43.0%), 258,900 (43.0%), 62,200 (10.3%) and 22,200 (3.7%) respectively.

The most popular staging countries for persons travelling overseas to Ireland were Great Britain (272,300), Spain (67,600) and the United States (54,400). These countries were also the most popular staging countries for persons travelling overseas from Ireland, accounting for 257,900, 50,600 and 54,600 persons respectively. On balance, there was a net inflow of 32,900 persons to Ireland. The staging country making the greatest contribution to the net inflow was Spain. Some 17,000 more persons arrived from Spain than departed for Spain. The staging country showing the greatest net outflow was Germany. Departures for Germany exceeded arrivals by 4,100 persons. Compared to the same month of the previous year, the staging country showing the most notable decrease in traffic was Italy. Arrivals from Italy decreased by 88.6% whereas departures for Italy deceased by 87.8%. For the year-to-date (January-March 2020), 3,085,200 persons arrived in Ireland from overseas and 3,045,300 persons departed. These represent decreases of 20.2% and 20.7% respectively compared to the same period in 2019. The year 2019 was a record year for persons travelling to and from Ireland by oversea routes. In 2019, some 20,143,700 persons arrived in Ireland from overseas routes, whereas 20,205,300 departed Ireland on overseas routes.

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