DUBLIN, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The number of passengers arriving in Ireland from overseas in October increased nearly sixfold when compared with the same month of last year, according to the data released by the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday.
In the month, there were 925,500 overseas passenger arrivals in Ireland, up 475.2 percent when compared with 160,900 arrivals in October 2020 and a 14.2-percent increase when compared with 810,100 arrivals in September 2021, said the CSO.
Despite the recovery, the number of overseas passenger arrivals in Ireland for October was still over 46 percent lower when compared with the same month in 2019 when the country received more than 1.72 million overseas passengers, it said.
Of all the overseas passengers arriving in Ireland in October 2021, 92.2 percent arrived by air and 7.8 percent arrived by sea, said the CSO, adding that in the month 59 percent of the overseas passengers arrived by the European continental route, 34 percent by the cross-channel route, 4.2 percent by the transatlantic route and 2.8 percent by other routes.
Britain not including its Northern Ireland was the most important routing country, which accounted for 314,200 overseas passenger arrivals in Ireland in October 2021, followed by Spain (152,200) and France (58,900), it said.
In the first ten months of this year there were over 3.44 million overseas passenger arrivals in Ireland, down nearly 18 percent when compared with over 4.19 million arrivals in the same period of last year and a decrease of over 80 percent when compared with more than 17.4 million arrivals in the same period of 2019, according to the CSO.