Ireland’s largest airport Dublin Airport said on Tuesday that it handled over 516,000 passengers in August, down 85 percent when compared with the same month last year.
Of all the passengers handled by the airport in August, 374,000 people traveled to and from continental Europe, down 80 percent year-on-year, 105,000 traveled to and from Britain, down 89 percent, and 25,400 traveled to and from North America, down 95 percent, said the airport in a statement.
Over 8,000 passengers traveled to and from the Middle East through Dublin Airport in August, down 93 percent over a year ago, it said, adding that about 3,800 people took domestic flights at Dublin Airport in the month, down 69 percent year-on-year.
In the first eight months of this year, over 6.2 million passengers traveled through Dublin Airport, a 72-percent drop from the 22.3 million passengers handled by the airport in the same period last year, said the statement.
Dublin airport is the 10th largest airport in the European Union, handling a record high of 32.9 million passengers in 2019, which accounted for over 85 percent of the total number of passengers handled by Irish airports last year, according to the airport.
The airport’s plan to continue expanding its position as a key gateway between Europe and the rest of the world has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dublin Airport originally planned to launch 12 new flight routes, including one connecting China’s largest city Shanghai and Dublin in 2020, on top of 25 new routes opened in 2019, but many of these plans have been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.
Dublin Airport predicted that it would take two or three years for its passenger numbers to return to normal levels.