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Press Statement


29 July 2021

Air and Sea Travel Statistics June 2021

Overseas travel increases in June
  • In June 2021, 160,000 passengers arrived in Ireland on overseas routes (up 87% on May 2021)
  • In the same month, 199,100 passengers departed from Ireland on overseas routes (up 105% on the previous month)
  • Overseas travel was considerably higher than in June 2020, when 57,100 passengers arrived, and 73,900 passengers departed
  • Overseas travel remains dramatically lower than pre-pandemic June 2019, when 1,941,100 passengers arrived, and 2,081,000 passengers departed

Go to release: Air and Sea Travel Statistics June 2021

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (29 July 2021) released Air and Sea Travel Statistics June 2021.

Commenting on the release, Gregg Patrick, Statistician, said: “The Air and Sea Travel Statistics for June 2021 show a rise in overseas travel compared to the preceding month. In June 2021, 160,000 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland, compared to 85,400 in May 2021, an increase of 87%. In June 2021, 199,100 overseas passengers departed from Ireland, compared to 97,000 in May 2021, an increase of 105%.

The June 2021 statistics show that continental routes contributed most to the passenger traffic. Some 87,500 passengers arrived on continental routes and 122,600 passengers departed on continental routes. By way of contrast, 57,700 passengers arrived on cross-channel routes and 64,500 passengers departed on cross-channel routes. Just 11,000 passengers arrived on transatlantic routes and 7,700 passengers departed on these routes.

Apart from Great Britain (which accounted for all cross-channel routes), the most important routing countries for overseas travel in June 2021 were Spain (14,500 arrivals, 18,800 departures), Poland (12,500 arrivals, 20,600 departures) and the Netherlands (10,000 arrivals, 10,600 departures).

When we look at the year-to-date picture (January-June 2021), the statistics show that 539,100 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland and 607,600 overseas passengers departed from Ireland. This compares to both 3.2 million arrivals and departures in the same period in 2020 and 9.3 million arrivals and 9.5 million departures in the same period in 2019. This illustrates the ongoing dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel to and from Ireland.”

For further information contact:

Gregg Patrick (+353) 21 453 5202 or James Mahon (+353) 21 453 5463

or email

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