Greater than 8.5 million extra passengers used Irish airports within the second quarter of this yr in contrast with the identical interval final yr, however site visitors was nonetheless down 13 per cent in contrast with the identical interval of pre-Covid 2019.

The Central Statistics Workplace (CSO) has printed aviation statistics for the second quarter. Passenger numbers are included for the 5 essential airports: Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock, and Kerry.

The info exhibits about 9.1 million passengers handed by way of the airports over the interval, which was greater than 15 occasions larger than the identical interval in 2021.

The extra passengers over the interval convey to greater than 13.8 million the quantity that handed by way of the principle Irish airports within the first half of 2022, which was greater than 12.8 million extra passengers than these utilizing the airports within the first half of 2021.

The variety of flights to and from Irish airports within the second quarter elevated by greater than 54,500 in contrast with the identical interval in 2021 however had been nonetheless 11 per cent decrease than the identical interval in 2019.

Barely greater than 66,000 flights had been dealt with by Eire’s 5 essential airports within the quarter, with Dublin dealing with 84 per cent of all flights (55,479), whereas Cork dealt with 7 per cent (4,822).

London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick, and Amsterdam-Schiphol had been the most well-liked routes for passengers travelling by way of Dublin Airport. The highest route for Cork and Shannon was London-Heathrow, whereas the most important route for Knock and Kerry was London-Luton.

Air freight dealt with by Irish airports over the interval was down by 4 per cent in contrast with a yr earlier.

CSO statistician Dr Nele van der Wielen stated: “The figures present a rise in worldwide journey throughout April, Could, and June. Nonetheless, knowledge exhibits that passengers travelling to and from Eire are nonetheless down by 13 per cent in contrast with 2019.

“Greater than 4.2 million extra passengers travelled to Eire within the quarter compared with 2021, however that is 600,000 fewer passengers compared with the identical interval in 2019.

“Within the second quarter, 4.6 million passengers departed from Eire, which was 4.3 million greater than the identical interval in 2021, however nonetheless fewer by 700,000 folks compared with 2019.

“Within the first half of 2022, greater than 13.8 million passengers handed by way of Irish airports which was 12.8 million extra passengers compared with the identical interval in 2021, however 4.1 million fewer than the identical interval in 2019.”