|Number of passengers handled by main Irish airports|
|Quarter 3||% change Q3 2019-2021||January to September||% change 2020-2021|
|1 Minor revisions to 2020 data|
Air travel has been impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions. In the third quarter of 2021, 3.6 million passengers (3,576,734) passed through the five main Irish airports, an increase of 2.1 million passengers when compared with the same period in 2020 but down by 69.2% compared with Q2 2019. See tables 1A and 1B.
In the first nine months of 2021, almost 4.6 million passengers (4,591,845) travelled through the main Irish airports, a drop of 2.9 million passengers (2,942,715) and a fall of 24.9 million (24,920,621) compared with the same period in 2019.
Dublin airport accounted for 89.5% of all air passengers handled in the third quarter of 2021.
The results also show that:
Seasonally adjusting the Aviation data series during the COVID-19 crisis period will be challenging until the scale and shape of its impact on the time series is better understood. The initial seasonally adjusted results might be revised for some months ahead as future observations become available. Users should be aware that there is increased uncertainty around the seasonally adjusted figures during this period.