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Aviation Statistics

Quarter 1 2020

Number of passengers handled by main Irish airports, Quarter 1 2018-2020
 Q1 2018Q1 20191Q1 2020% change Q1 2019-2020
Total passengers6,939,8437,435,6735,916,477-20.4
1 Minor revisions to some airports

Decrease of 20.4% in number of passengers handled by main Irish airports in Quarter 1 2020

Figure 1: Passenger numbers handled by main Irish airports
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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.