Dublin Airport taxi journey skyrocket by over 80% following lifting of international travel restrictions

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Taxi journeys to Dublin Airport have skyrocketed now that international travel around the EU has returned.

Journeys to Ireland’s three major airports increased by between 65% and 80%, according to cab booking company Free Now.

Compared to last week, taxi journeys to Dublin Airport increased by 80% but the figures are even more startling when compared to this time last year, with a jump of 170%.

Monday, July 19 was the busiest day of the year for the Free Now app.

The peak time was 4am with flyers getting to the airport nice and early to ensure they could go through all of the Covid regulations before embarking on their journey.

It wasn’t only journeys to the airport that saw a massive jump. Collections for Dublin Airport jumped 95% on Monday as many Irish people returned home for the first time in 16 months.

It’s estimated that 22,500 passed through the north Dublin terminals on Monday – a sizeable increase from an average of 14,000 per day during the previous week.

But the figures are still way down on the peak before the Covid-19 pandemic and are still down 87% on 2019 levels.

Commenting on the significant increase in airport bookings Niall Carson, General Manager, FREE NOW said:

“FREE NOW welcomes the return of international travel this week, and we are delighted to facilitate transport to and from airports for holidaymakers once again. A holiday abroad for many people in Ireland officially begins with a taxi journey to the airport – with our team of dedicated drivers and our pre-booking function which allows passengers to book a trip up to 4 days in advance, we hope to make it a seamless and stress-free process for passengers this summer.”