Published on October 15th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Dublin Airport Passenger Numbers Down 87% In September

Just over 392,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in September, an 87% decline compared to the same month last year, as COVID-19 continued to have a very significant impact on traffic numbers. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe fell by 84%, as just over 274,000 people travelled.

UK traffic was down by 89%, with just over 87,000 passengers travelling while volumes to and from North America decreased by 95%, to 22,000 passengers.

Other international passenger traffic to the Middle East fell by 93% and domestic traffic was down by 72% to just over 2,600 passengers.

6.6 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport between January and September, a 74% decrease compared to the same period last year. The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in 18.8 million fewer passengers using Dublin Airport so far this year.

In a submission to the Oireachtas Transport Committee last week, daa chief executive Dalton Philips said the company has accumulated more than €150m in losses since the pandemic struck, and net debt will have doubled by the end of this year. He said the aviation sector was ‘demonised’ and was critical of the government for not implementing any of the recommendations of the Government’s Aviation Recovery Taskforce published in July.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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