Published on March 15th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Dublin Airport Passenger Numbers Down 95% In February
As Dublin Airport continues to suffer the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, just over 106,000 passengers travelled through the airport in February, a 95% decline compared to the same month last year, By comparison, more than two million passengers were facilitated through the airport in February of last year. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe fell by 94%, as just over 62,000 people travelled to and from European destinations last month.
UK traffic declined by 97% to almost 20,000 passengers travelled to and from Britain during the month. Passenger volumes to and from North America also fell dramatically by 92%, as just over 14,000 passengers travelled on transatlantic routes during February. Other international passenger traffic to the Middle East fell by 85% and domestic routes decreased by 88% during the month compared to last year. For the first two months of this year, figures show an overall drop of 92% compared to 2020 numbers.
The DAA has said that up to 1,000 staff will have left the company since the pandemic started, over 850 have already left with more expected to leave in the coming weeks due to the effects of the pandemic. The DAA has been paying staff 80pc of their salaries for the past 11 months. However, some staff will see an effective cut of up to 45% of their total pay as no performance-related pay, profit share or overtime payments have been made.
Dublin Airport’s Community Fund will reopen for applications on 22nd March until 30th April. The community fund supports local projects that make a positive contribution to neighbouring communities around Dublin Airport. The fund also supports up to ten students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend DCU via its access programme.