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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Aviation Statistics

Quarter 4 and Year 2020

Number of passengers handled by main Irish airports
 20192020% change
Quarter 48,540,952759,015-91.1
January to December38,053,4188,293,330-78.2

Drop of almost 80% in number of passengers handled by main Irish airports in 2020

Figure 1: Passenger numbers handled by main Irish airports
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In 2020, 8.3 million passengers passed through the main Irish airports, a drop of almost 80% (-78.2%) on the previous year. See table 1.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, 759,015 passengers passed through the main Irish airports, a fall of 91.1% over the same period in 2019.

The data shows significant decreases in air passenger numbers for 2020. These decreases are associated with the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19. It should be noted that Shannon airport is a fuel stop for many transit flights. The five main airports accounted for 99.6% of all air passenger numbers while Dublin airport accounted for 87.3% of all air passengers carried in 2020. See table 2.