• Cyril McAree

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CSO statistical release, 28 July 2020, 11am

Air and Sea Travel Statistics


June 2020 saw an extraordinary collapse in overseas travel to and from Ireland as the effects of the COVID-19 crisis continued. There were just 57,100 arrivals in June 2020 and 73,900 departures. This compares with monthly travel of approximately 2 million in each direction in June 2019, annual falls of 97.1% in arrivals and 96.4% in departures.





Of the 57,100 persons arriving in Ireland, 40,200 (70.4%) arrived by air and 16,900 (29.6%) arrived by sea. Of the 73,900 persons departing Ireland, 53,100 (71.8%) departed by air and 20,800 (28.2%) departed by sea.


Of those arriving in Ireland in June 2020, 32,300 (56.5%) came by cross-channel routes, 18,300 (32.1%) by continental routes, 3,800 (6.6%) by transatlantic routes and 2,700 (4.8%) by other overseas routes. The corresponding figures for those departing Ireland were 36,800 (49.8%), 33,300 (45.0%), 2,500 (3.3%) and 1,300 (1.8%) respectively.


The most important staging countries for persons travelling overseas to Ireland were Great Britain (32,300), the Netherlands (4,400) and Germany (3,900). The most important staging countries for persons travelling overseas from Ireland were Great Britain (36,800), Germany (6,600) and the Netherlands (6,200).


For the year-to-date (January-June), 3,186,700 persons arrived in Ireland from overseas and 3,173,300 persons departed. These represent decreases of 65.9% and 66.6% respectively compared to the same period in 2019.

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