Published on February 9th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Nearly 1 Million Passengers Use Dublin Airport in January
Dublin Airport saw nearly one million passengers (992,000) pass through during January, a -53% drop when compared to pre-COVID levels in January 2020, but a massive increase of 778,000 passengers when compared to January 2021 when COVID restrictions on travel were in place. Passenger volumes to and from Continental Europe were down 42% in the first month of the year when compared with January 2020 with more than 600,000 passengers travelling to European destinations last month, an increase of 460,000 versus the same month last year. UK traffic was down by 67% when compared to 2020 as 251,000 passengers travelled to and from Britain in January this year. This is an increase of 221,000 when compared to January 2021. Passenger volumes to and from North America are still down by 53%, as 102,000 passengers travelled on transatlantic routes in January when compared to pre-COVID levels in 2020. Dublin Airport saw an increase of 75,000 passengers travelling to and from North America in January 2022 versus the same month last year. International passenger traffic to the Middle East in January was still down by 59% versus January 2020, as 31,000 passengers travelled during the month but have increased by almost 20,000 when compared to January 2021. The number of passengers flying on domestic routes in the first month of the year was down by 44%, as 3,600 passengers travelled this route sector last month compared to January 2020, an increase of 2,000 when compared with last year.
A new service to Dublin has been confirmed to start on 16th March when the Channel Islands-based, Aurigny Airlines will launch their new service from Guernsey. The route was announced last year but the initial start date was not confirmed at the time. The service will start with a twice weekly service but will also increase to three services per week during April.
Etihad Airways will increase its services from Abu Dhabi to Dublin in the coming months. The airline will have four weekly flights operating from 28th March. The schedule will then be increased to five services per week from 17th May.
Qatar Airways will also increase their services from Doha to Dublin with the carrier increasing to ten the number of weekly services using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.