Published on December 19th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


CSO Publish Air Passenger Statistics for Q3 2021

In the third quarter of 2021, 3.6 million passengers (3,576,734) passed through the five main Irish airports, an increase of 2.1 million passengers when compared with the same period in 2020 but down by 69.2% compared with Q2 2019.

In the first nine months of 2021, almost 4.6 million passengers (4,591,845) travelled through the main Irish airports, a drop of 2.9 million passengers (2,942,715) and a fall of 24.9 million (24,920,621) compared with the same period in 2019. Dublin airport accounted for 89.5% of all air passengers handled in the third quarter of 2021.

The results also show that:

  • Over 32,600 flights were handled by Ireland’s five main airports in the third quarter of 2021. Dublin accounted for 87.6% of all flights (32,647) while Cork handled 4.7% of all flights (1,533).
  • Amsterdam-Schiphol, London-Heathrow and Malaga were the most popular routes for passengers travelling through Dublin airport in the third quarter of 2021. The top route for Cork airport was London-Heathrow, the top route for Shannon airport was London-Stansted while London-Luton was the top route for both Kerry and Knock airports.
  • In the third quarter of 2021, over nine out of every ten passengers (92.5%) 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 third quarter of 2021.
  • Ireland’s main airports handled a total of 39,272 tonnes of freight in the third quarter of 2021, the vast majority (92.0%) of which was international freight.

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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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