Covid-19 impact: Dublin Airport reports 85% fall in passenger traffic

9 September 2020 (Last Updated September 9th, 2020 12:16)

Dublin Airport in Ireland has reported an 85% year-on-year fall in passenger traffic in August amid ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Covid-19 impact: Dublin Airport reports 85% fall in passenger traffic
Dublin Airport Terminals 1 & 2. Credit: ColmDeSpáinn.

Dublin Airport in Ireland has reported an 85% year-on-year fall in passenger traffic in August amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Last month, the airport handled around 516,000 passengers, indicating that the pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the aviation industry.

In the same one month period, passenger traffic to and from continental Europe declined by 80% while the number of travellers to and from the UK plummeted by 89%.

During August, around 25,400 passengers travelled on transatlantic routes, implying a 95% fall in passenger volumes to and from North America.

Traffic to the Middle East also declined by 93% while the number of passengers on domestic routes fell by 69% last month.

Since January this year, Dublin Airport has served just over 6.2 million passengers, a 72% fall compared to the figures registered last year.

Notably, Ireland has reported more than 30,000 Covid-19 cases as of 9 September. The death toll stands at 1,778.

Dublin Airport is one of the busiest airports in Ireland by passenger traffic. In 2018, the airport handled 31.5 million passengers.

Dublin Airport is operated by Irish semi-state airport company Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), and has two runways and two terminals. It offers flights to more than 200 destinations across 44 countries.

In January, the airport selected Siemens Logistics for the modernisation of the hold baggage screening system at Terminal 2. The work included replacing the current system, as well as installing an additional line to increase the capacity.