Because of the travel restrictions, the number of passengers traveling through Ireland’s airports was down by 90% last month.
However, July which is the peak holiday season shows a decreasing figure. The total number of air passengers traveling through Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports fell from 3,911,133 to 416,436.
This is an 89.4% drop in passengers passing through airports as compared to the same time period last year.
However, the number of travelers passing through the airport security check in the first and second quarter of 2020 is 70.3% lower than the same period last year.
According to the data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) public transport is struggling to recover to pre-pandemic levels. At the same rate as road traffic volumes.
The bulletin is compiled using data collected by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Road Safety Authority. The National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport.
As the restrictions of COVID-19 have eased the number of cars is returning to pre-pandemic levels.
The number of HGVs is now more than it was for the same period last year in both Dublin and in the regional locations measured. But there is a slight decrease (-0.2%) in regional locations in the first week of August.
Public Transport Recovering Slowly
Statistician Olive Loughnane said, “This bulletin analyses traffic counter data from selected sites to examine the changes that have occurred in traffic volumes since 1 March. The Covid-19 restrictions had a significant influence on traffic volumes, the number of journeys on public transport and travel through Irish airports.”
“As restrictions ease, car traffic volumes for the week ending 8 August were just 12.6% lower than 2019 levels at regional locations and 16.3% lower in Dublin.”
In addition, she said, “The number of passenger journeys on public transport has dropped dramatically. Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, journeys by rail most severely hit.”
“Public transport volumes are recovering at a much slower rate than road traffic. Data from Irish airports shows that air transport continues to be heavily impacted by restrictions.”
The data taken in April shows that altogether the number of journeys taken on bus and rail journeys was more than 10 times lower than those taken in the first week of March.
In the first seven months of this year. The number of new cars licensed was 31,867 lower than in the same period of 2019, a drop of 33.1%.
However, there is an increase in road fatalities, which is about 84 during the first seven months of 2020. As compared with 78 for the same period last year.