80% rise in taxi trips to Dublin Airport since international travel re-opened 1 week ago

80% rise in taxi trips to Dublin Airport since international travel re-opened

There was also a 95% increase in collections from Dublin airport on Monday.

There has been an 80% rise in taxi journeys to Dublin Airport since international travel re-opened on Monday, making the 19 July the busiest day for airport travel bookings in 2021 to date.

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Taxi hailing app FREE NOW revealed that there was also a 95% week-on-week surge in collections from Dublin Airport on Monday, with 4am being cited as the busiest time for trips to the airport.

The data also revealed a 170% boost in journeys to the airport when compared to the same week in 2020.

Meanwhile, trips to Cork and Shannon airports also jumped by 96% and 65% respectively.

Commenting on the significant increase in airport bookings Niall Carson, General Manager of FREE NOW, said that he expects the demand for international travel to grow even more over the coming months.

"We expect the demand for airport bookings to continue growing over the coming months with the widespread roll-out of vaccinations and digital Covid certs, making foreign travel a safer and more straightforward process as we emerge from the pandemic," he said.

"We are committed to playing our part in supporting Ireland’s post-pandemic reboot and keeping the nation moving with safe and flexible transport options.”

22,500 passengers passed through Dublin Airport on Monday, compared with an average of 14,000 per day the previous week. However, these figures are still 87% less than pre-Covid levels during the same period in 2019.

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The EU Digital Covid Cert will allow people who are fully vaccinated, recently recovered, or with recent negative PCR tests to travel through Europe.

However, there may be delays for some people receiving their certs as less than one in 10 calls to Ireland's EU Digital Covid Certificate helpline have been successfully resolved.

According to Assistant General Secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach, Liz Canavan, only 7% of the calls made to the helpline on Monday and Tuesday were successfuly processed.

Speaking at the Oireachtas Health Committee on Wednesday morning, Canavan told the committee that just 2,826 calls had been resolved of the 34,000 calls made on Tuesday and 6,000 made the day before.

Roughly 7,500 of the 1.1 million emailed Digital Certs and 7,920 of the 500,000 physical certs have either not been delivered correctly or have bounced back since the rollout began earlier this month.

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