About 800,000 passengers are scheduled to fly through Dublin Airport for 12 days from March 12 through March 24 during St Patrick’s Day.
The Irish airline has confirmed it expects passengers to reach 77,000 per day for the period from March 17 through March 20, TheSchengen.com reports.
“This next 12-day period is expected to be the busiest airport the airport has seen since before Covid,” the statement read.
The number of flights over the same period in the past two years has significantly decreased due to travel bans and other restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus and its new strains.
Following the example of other European countries, the authorities in Ireland have also kept precautionary measures, including bans and other restrictions, causing difficulties for travelers, hurting the country’s travel and tourism sector.
However, the number of COVID-19 infections in Ireland as well as in other countries has begun to decline.
In addition, the latest report published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that the epidemiological situation in European countries has begun to improve.
Thus, the authorities in Ireland announced that they are preparing again this year to receive a large number of visitors to Ireland from countries all over the world.
However, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the authorities in Ireland have announced that they will not promote a global greening initiative where landmarks around the world are lit green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
“The year 2022 is very different, and as a sign of respect for the situation in Ukraine, Tourism Ireland has taken the decision not to promote the global greening initiative for St. Patrick’s Day,” the statement emphasized.
Authorities in Ireland have recorded a total of 1,332,701 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, while 6,590 people have died during the same period, according to figures provided by the World Health Organization.
In addition, figures provided by the World Health Organization show that in the past seven days, the authorities in Ireland have recorded a total of 21,777 cases of COVID-19 and 63 deaths.
Despite these numbers, the authorities in Ireland recently decided to scrap all entry bans and other restrictions imposed to contain the further spread of the virus after the country began viewing the virus more like an endemic disease, similar to other European countries.
The Irish government recently announced that travelers from other countries will no longer be required to provide proof that they have completed their vaccination against the virus or have recovered from the virus.
Besides, they are also excluded from the requirement to fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
The authorities in Ireland have announced that since March 6, travelers from other countries have been allowed to enter Ireland without restrictions.