Irish holidaymakers spent €84m a day in May


Irish holidaymakers spent €84m a day in May this year. As summer approaches, many Irish people are flocking to popular European holiday destinations in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Many travelers are taking advantage of the end of COVID-19 restrictions in most EU countries.


According to the latest figures shared by the Irish Independent, holidaymakers spent €84m in May, an increase of €15m on the previous month. Consumer spending on flights abroad has increased by 24% since the lifting of restrictions on international travel, and by 268% compared to May 2021.


However, as people spend more time abroad spending on domestic hotels in Ireland has fallen by €4 million. Despite a public campaign by the Department of Tourism in Ireland, people are chasing the sun and eager to get back on the plane.

It’s not all bad though. Irish airlines like Aer Lingus and Ryanair are booming. Ireland being an island nation, flying is essential for holidaymakers.

Ryanair returns to normal numbers as COVID eases. Photo: Ryanair

Ryanair passenger numbers are currently up 13.6 million in May from a year earlier. Aer Lingus has not yet released passenger numbers.

COVID boom

As expected, people are eager to go abroad and enjoy the summer sun. Ireland took advantage of its island status during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Irish government has introduced a controversial mandatory quarantine measure in hotels for certain passengers arriving from certain counties. Ireland was one of the few EU countries to have such a system in place.

As of this week, travelers to the United States are no longer required to present a negative COVID test. The move was welcomed by Aer Lingus, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta, all of which fly to the United States from Ireland.

The European Union’s digital COVID certificate has also been very useful to travelers. Ireland being a member of the European Union, travelers traveling abroad can present their certificate on entry into countries that still require it.

The pandemic and lockdowns have had a big impact on Ireland’s two main airlines. Aer Lingus and Ryanair both struggled to hold on to cash. They regularly received state subsidies.

Dublin Airport Problems

The situation at Dublin Airport can only be described as dire. Travelers have to wait in queues for up to 2 hours at its peak. The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) attributes the long waiting times to understaffing due to COVID-19.

The Airport Authority was forced to erect a makeshift tent as a waiting area for passengers who arrived too early for their flight, leading to further delays.

The long queues have been a real headache for airline bosses and passengers. As of today, Sunday, the Dublin Airport Authority recommends travelers traveling on short-haul flights (i.e. European and UK flights) arrive 2.5 hours before their flight while leaving more time to drop off the luggage.

For long-haul flights to the United States or the Middle East, travelers should arrive 3.5 hours before their flight. Those who arrive early must wait outside the terminals in a reserved waiting area.

Irish politicians have called on Transport Minister Eamonn Ryan to bring in members of the Irish Defense Force to help.

What do you think of returning from summer vacation abroad? Have you been on vacation? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Irish Independent


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