The number of passengers to pass through Shannon Airport in 2020 was 83 percent below 2019 levels.
New CSO data though suggests the amount of freight passing through the airport grew since the onset of the pandemic.
The Central Statistics Office says just over 273,000 people passed through the Midwest airport last year – that’s just a fraction of the 1.6 million travellers coming through the doors before the pandemic took hold.
The number of commercial flights operating in 2020 also dropped by 65 percent – largely on account of Aer Lingus’ decision to cease operations in Shannon since COVID-19.
It’s understood the airline intends to re-run its Heathrow services in the autumn, before resuming transatlantic flights in 2022.
Just 4,500 commercial flights happened in 2020, compared to more than 13,000 a year in Shannon before COVID.
The amount of freight passing through the airport, though, went up by more than 20 percent last year.
15,500 tonnes of cargo moved through Shannon compared to 12,700 the year prior, levels not seen since 2017.