Published on November 10th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Positive Trend for Passenger Numbers at Dublin

Over 241,000 passengers passed through Dublin Airport during the October Bank Holiday weekend, making it the busiest Bank Holiday Weekend of the year to date. During October, close to 1.6 million passengers travelled through the airport, still a 46% drop when compared to pre-COVID19 levels but at least they’re moving in the right direction.

Passenger volumes to and from Continental Europe were down by 35% compared to 2019, as almost 1,003,000 passengers travelled to European destinations last month. UK traffic declined by 51% in October when compared to pre-COVID levels as almost 429,000 passengers travelled to and from Britain.

Passenger volumes to and from North America have been the slowest to recover due to restrictions on entering the US for non-essential travellers. From Monday this week, these restrictions have been relaxed and Aer Lingus reported that all of their services to the US on Monday were booked out. October passenger numbers were down by 75%, as just over 96,000 passengers travelled on transatlantic routes.

Other international passenger traffic to the Middle East was down by 67%, with about 25,000 passengers travelling during the month.  The number of passengers on domestic routes was down by 18%, to around 7,000 passengers. Almost 5.9 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first 10 months of this year, representing 79% decrease when compared to pre-COVID levels in 2019.


About the Author

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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