Published on June 26th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Aviation Statistics Quarter 1 2022

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published Aviation Statistics for Quarter 1 2022. Passenger numbers are received for the five main airports: Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock, and Kerry.

In the first quarter of 2022, 4.7 million passengers passed through the five main Irish airports, more than 11 times that of 2021 but a fall of 21% when compared with the same period in 2020. Almost 4.3 million more passengers used Irish airports in Q1 2022 compared with Q1 2021.

Slightly more than 41,000 flights were handled by Ireland’s five main airports in the first quarter of 2022, with Dublin handling 85% of all flights (35,120), while Cork handled 7% of all flights (2,683). The number of flights to and from Irish airports in Q1 increased by more than 32,000 compared to the same period in 2021

London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick and Amsterdam-Schiphol were the most popular routes for passengers travelling through Dublin airport in the first quarter. The top route for Cork, Shannon, and Knock airports was London-Stansted, while the top route for Kerry was London-Luton.

The number of passengers arriving to or departing from Ireland in March rose by 76% compared with March 2020 but is still 25% lower than the same month in 2019. Air freight handled by Irish airports in Q1 2022 was slightly down by 2% compared to Q1 2021.

Passenger numbers handled by main Irish airports

Commenting on the release, Dr Nele van der Wielen, Statistician, said: “The figures show an increase in international travel during Q1 2022. However, data shows that passengers travelling to and from Ireland are still down by 21% compared with Q1 2020 and down by 37% compared with same period in 2019. Almost 2.2 million more passengers travelled to Ireland in Q1 2022 when compared with Q1 2021, but this is 1.6 million fewer passengers when compared with the same period in 2019. In Q1 2022, 2.3 million passengers departed from Ireland, which was 2.1 million more than the same period in 2021, but still fewer by 1.6 million when compared with Q1 2019.”

The number of passengers using Dublin airport in April 2022 was more than 19 times higher than in April 2021, but only 85% of the level seen in the same month in 2019 (before COVID-19). Dublin airport had 2,369,286 passengers in April 2022 compared with 2,789,660 for the same month in 2019.

Percentage change between April 2019 and April 2022 by airport

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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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