Irish Daily Mail

Pandemic causes 80% nosedive in our air passenger numbers

- By Michelle Devane

IRISH airport passenger numbers dropped by almost 80% last year due to the pandemic, new figures show.

Some 8.3million passengers passed through the country’s five main airports – Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry – last year, according to the latest data from the Central Statistics Office.

This is almost 30million fewer passengers compared to 2019, representi­ng a fall of 78%. In the fourth quarter of last year, 759,015 passengers passed through the main airports, a fall of 91% on the same period in 2019.

The CSO said the number of flights to and from Irish airports last year fell by 65%, from 273,000 in 2019 to 95,000.

Dublin accounted for 85% of all flights in 2020, while Cork handled 6%.

London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol were the most popular routes for Dublin Airport passengers last year, while at Cork Airport, London Heathrow and London Stansted were the top journeys for travellers.

The top route for the Shannon and Knock airports in 2020 was Stansted, and the top route for Kerry was London Luton.

The statistics also showed that nine out of every ten passengers taking internatio­nal flights last year were travelling to or from Europe.

Within Europe, the UK and Spain were the most popular destinatio­ns.

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