• 96% rise in trips to Cork Airport since international travel re-opened – busiest day for airport bookings to date in 2021
  • 4am on Monday 19th was the busiest time for trips to the airport
  • Trips to Dublin & Shannon airports also jumped by 80% and 65% week-on-week on July 19th & 20th
  • 95% week-on-week surge in Dublin airport collections experienced on Monday 19th

New data from Ireland’s leading ride hailing app FREE NOW reveals that foreign travel is back on the cards for many Irish people as ride hailing requests to Cork airport soared by 96% from the previous week – increasing by 128% compared to the same week in 2020.

After 16 months of restrictions on non-essential air travel, it seems Irish holidaymakers are keen to return to stunning sunny beaches, European hotspots or perhaps reunite with friends and family living abroad as soon as possible. Trip data from FREE NOW also highlights a week-on-week jump in taxi trips to Dublin and Shannon airports too on the 19th and 20th of July, increasing respectively by 80% (Dublin) and 65% (Shannon).

Monday, July 19th was the busiest day for airport bookings on the FREE NOW app since the start of the year, as the nation took advantage of the lifted travel ban. 4am on Monday was the busiest hour to book a taxi on FREE NOW signalling that holidaymakers were keen to make the most of their trip by getting an early start.

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. 

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. 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.

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