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Published on September 8th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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Dublin Airport Passenger Numbers Down 85% in August

Passenger numbers at all the countries airports continue to fall with Dublin Airport seeing an 85% fall in passenger numbers year on year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just over 516,000 passengers passed through the airport during the month. With many holiday destinations not on the Irish Governments ‘Green List’ of countries for travel, holiday makers are taking ‘staycations’ in Ireland for this year. Passenger numbers travelling to Europe were down 80% and numbers from the UK were down 89% to just 105,000 passengers. Long haul flights suffered badly as well with North American numbers down 95% with just 25,400 people crossing the Atlantic. Traffic from the Middle East was down 93% even though Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways all maintain a presence on these long haul routes.

Until the end of August, just 6.2 million people had passed through the airport this year, down 72% on last year, which is 16.1 million fewer passengers than last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The outlook for the months ahead isn’t looking favourable either with Ryanair having announced cuts in their planned capacity. Air France have scaled back the Paris – Dublin route from four per day to three and British Airways will reduce frequency on the Heathrow -Dublin route from 54 to 32 weekly rotations in November and December. Icelandair who have yet to resume their service from Keflavik to Dublin following the pandemic have now only planned four flights per week, which is down from their scheduled ten services.

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