In the first quarter of 2020, over 5.9 million passengers passed through the five main Irish airports, a decrease of 20.4% over the same period in 2019.
The data shows modest increases in passengers numbers for January and February but passenger numbers for March 2020 showed a drop of 57.5% compared to the same month in 2019. This decrease is associated with the restrictions imposed in March 2020 due to COVID-19. See table 1b.
Passenger numbers decreased in all five airports. Dublin airport accounted for 86.9% of all air passengers handled in the first quarter of 2020.
The results also show that:
- Over 51,000 flights were handled by Ireland's five main airports in the first quarter of 2020. This ia a drop of 11.4% compared to the same period last year. Dublin accounted for 84.6% of all flights (43,513) while Cork handled 7.6% of all flights (3,911). See tables 3A and 3B.
- London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for passengers travelling through Dublin airport in the first quarter of 2020. For Cork airport, the top three routes were London-Heathrow, London-Stansted and Amsterdam-Schiphol. The top route for Shannon was London-Heathrow, the top route for Knock was London-Stansted and the top route for Kerry was London-Luton. See tables 4A to 4E.
- In the first quarter of 2020, almost nine out of every ten passengers (88.5%) on international flights in the five main airports were travelling to or from Europe. The two most popular countries of origin/destination were the United Kingdom and Spain. Outside of Europe, the United States of America was the most popular country of origin/destination in the first quarter of 2020. See table 5.
- Ireland's main airports handled a total of 37,135 tonnes of freight in the first quarter of 2020, the vast majority (95.3%) of which was international freight. See table 6.
- When seasonally adjusted, there was a decrease in the number of passengers (-18.7%) that passed through the main airports in Quarter 1 of 2020 compared with Quarter 4 of 2019. See table 8.