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Dublin Airport passenger numbers at lowest since 1990s as pandemic wreaks havoc on Irish aviation

7.4 million passengers used the airport in 2020 - the last time it had fewer than eight million passengers was in 1994

By Amy Donohoe
16:55, 19 FEB 2021 UPDATED16:57, 19 FEB 2021

Dublin Airport has seen its lowest numbers in 27 years as the number of passengers has declined by 78% due to COVID-19.

7.4 million passengers used the airport in 2020 - the last time it had fewer than eight million passengers was in 1994.

Figures show that over half of the people who travelled through the airport in 2020 did so in January and February, as the number of passengers increased by 4.1 million during these months.

However, between March and the end of December, passenger numbers fell by 89% to 3.3 million.

As a result, Dublin Airport lost a total of 25.5m passengers last year making it the lowest figures the airport has seen since the nineties.

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have fallen even further this year, with January figures down by 90%.

Daily traffic is currently down by up to 98% compared to the same period in 2020.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said: “Aviation was one of the sectors of the Irish economy that was hardest hit by COVID-19, and this is reflected in the passenger numbers for last year.

“It was a hugely challenging year for Dublin Airport and for the entire Irish aviation sector, as the reduction in air travel and the introduction of travel restrictions in most markets had a very significant impact on passenger numbers during the year.”

In 2019, Dublin Airport had flights to more than 190 destinations in 42 countries operated by almost 50 airlines compared to just 22 destinations in 11 countries operated by seven airlines in April 2020.

"Aviation plays a vital role in Ireland’s economy, and it will be a key sector in helping that economy to recover in the wake of the pandemic.

"It has been a year like no other for the airport, for our airline customers, our commercial partners and our employees, and for the entire aviation and tourism sectors," Mr Harrison added.

In line with Government guidelines, Dublin Airport stayed open as an essential service throughout 2020.

From mid-March last year, the Irish Government advised against non-essential overseas travel, and there were similar guidelines in place in many other countries.

But in July, they announced an initial travel Green List of 22 countries, which was reduced over time due to the changing health position across Europe.

The airport also saw personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment imported through its facilities with 6.2m tonnes of equipment on 357 separate cargo flights, operated by 16 airlines.

Passenger traffic fell by just over 70%, according to data from airports group ACI EUROPE.

According to ICAO, the UN agency for civil aviation, air traffic fell by 60% globally last year, bringing air travel totals back to levels last seen in 2003.


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