Travel up -but still hit by Covid

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that while overseas travel in October rose sharply compared to the same time last year when strict Covid travel restrictions were in place, it remained nearly half that of pre-pandemic October 2019.

The CSO reported 925,500 overseas passenger arrivals and 895,100 overseas passenger departures in October.

This compares with 810,100 arrivals and 792,000 departures in September and marked increases of 14.2% and 13% respectively.

It also compares to huge increases of 475% and 448% on the 160,900 arrivals and 163,300 departures in October of last year.

But overseas travel in October is still nearly half that of pre-pandemic October 2019, when there were 1,727,100 arrivals and 1,739,900 departures from the country.

Today's figures show that of the 925,500 people arriving in Ireland in October, 92.2% arrived by air and 7.8% arrived by sea.

Of the 895,100 people departing Ireland, 91.7% departed by air and 8.3% left by sea.

The CSO said the continental route accounted for most passenger traffic, with 59% of arrivals and 56.5% of departures.

The cross-channel route was next busiest, with 33.9% of arrivals and 36.1% of departures.

The transatlantic route saw just 4.2% of arrivals and 4.7% of departures, the CSO added.

Meanwhile the UK accounted for 314,200 arrivals and 322,900 departures in October, making it the biggest routing country for travelling directly to Ireland.

Spain was the second most important routing country, with 152,200 arrivals and 140,900 departures, while France was the third most important with 58,900 arrivals and 52,600 departures.