• Cyril McAree

Overseas arrivals fall 98.4% in May 2020


May 2020 saw an extraordinary collapse in overseas travel to and from Ireland as the effects of the COVID-19 crisis continued. There were just 28,300 arrivals in May 2020 and 36,300 departures. This compares with monthly travel of more than 1.8 million in each direction in May 2019, an annual fall of 98%.


Of the 28,300 persons arriving in Ireland, 19,900 (70.3%) arrived by air and 8,400 (29.7%) arrived by sea. Of the 36,300 persons departing Ireland, 24,700 (68.0%) departed by air and 11,600 (32.0%) departed by sea.




Of those arriving in Ireland in May 2020, 16,400 (58.0%) came by cross-channel routes, 8,200 (29.0%) by continental routes, 1,700 (6.0%) by transatlantic routes and 2,000 (7.1%) by other overseas routes. The corresponding figures for those departing Ireland were 18,700 (51.5%), 14,600 (40.2%), 1,700 (4.7%) and 1,300 (3.6%) respectively.


The most important staging countries for persons travelling overseas to Ireland were Great Britain (16,400), the Netherlands (2,700) and the United States (1,700). The most important staging countries for persons travelling overseas from Ireland were Great Britain (18,700), the Netherlands (4,100) and France (3,400).


For the year-to-date (January-May), 3,129,500 persons arrived in Ireland from overseas and 3,099,400 persons departed. These represent decreases of 57.7% and 58.3% respectively compared to the same period in 2019.


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