Some 22,500 passengers arrived at and departed Dublin Airport yesterday as international travel restrictions eased.
This was 87% less than pre-Covid levels during the same period in 2019. In 2019, 116,000 people passed through Dublin Airport per day in peak season.
For the past two weeks, the daily average for arriving and departing passenger numbers had been 14,000.
Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said the EU digital travel cert was working well and will gradually become part of the travel experience, like presenting a passport.
The lion’s share of passengers were vaccinated, he said, and he predicted that travel would shortly return to “some level of normality”. Bookings were very strong, he added, as travel was returning to normal throughout Europe and in the US.
The country manager for Emirates airline, Enda Corneille, likewise said that they were experiencing high levels of bookings, adding the digital travel cert was working well and anything that gets people flying will be good for all airlines.
The minister of state for international and road transport and logistics Hildegarde Naughton told the Irish Examiner that work was underway to ensure everyone who is due a cert for international travel will get one.
"There have been issues with the helpline, but I can assure you the Government is working very hard in order to get that system back up and running as quickly as possible," said Ms Naughton.
"This was the number one ask from the aviation sector that we can reopen international travel as safely as possible, adhering to public health guidance, so I would hope that that helpline will be back up and running as soon as possible."