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Dublin Airport loses 250,000 flights due to COVID-19 pandemic

DUBLIN: Airlines and airports have suffered enormous losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest data released by the EUROCONTROL shows that Dublin Airport has lost 250,000 flights since early March 2020 due to the global pandemic.

According to data from the European air traffic control body, there are now around 228 flights arriving and departing Dublin airport on average each day. This is a 69% decrease from the level recorded in 2019, yet it has been somewhat higher than 2020 levels since March of this year.

The majority of flights arriving and leaving Ireland’s largest airport in the last week have been international rather than domestic. The number of flights engaging here during this period has declined slightly compared to the previous week.

Ryanair is the busiest airline at Dublin Airport, with over 100 flights per day on average, followed by Aer Lingus and DHL Express. However, the number of these airlines operating from here has decreased dramatically since two years ago.

The UK is seen as a favorite destination for those leaving Ireland for the past seven days. There were 26 flights per day taking Irish passengers to the UK, but this was down by 80% from pre-pandemic levels. Spain, Germany, the United States, and France are the other most popular destinations.

With five daily flights on average, London Heathrow has been Europe’s busiest destination airport in the last week, a 72% reduction on the level recorded in 2019.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus recently announced that it will operate 38 routes to Europe from Dublin and Cork this summer.

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