New data from taxi app Free Now has revealed that requests for taxis to Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports have increased significantly this week compared to the previous week as international pick up. Data Details…
New data from taxi app Free Now has revealed that requests for taxis to Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports have increased significantly this week compared to the previous week as international pick up.
Free Now said ‘requests for transport to Dublin Airport are up 80% on the previous week – up 170% on the same week in 2020’.
Free Now continued: “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 outside. abroad as soon as possible Travel data from Free Now also highlights a weekly increase in taxi journeys to Cork and Shannon airports on the 19thand and 20and of July, increasing by 96% (Cork) and 65% (Shannon) respectively.
“Monday July 19 was the busiest day for airport bookings on the Free Now app since the start of the year, as the country benefited from the lifting of the travel ban. morning on Monday was the busiest time to book a taxi on Free Now, signaling that holidaymakers were keen to make the most of their trip by leaving early.
“There was also a 95% increase in collections from Dublin Airport via the Free Now app on Monday as many expats returned home to Ireland, some for the first time in 16 months.
“22,500 passengers passed through Dublin Airport on Monday 19and July, compared to an average of 14,000 per day the previous week. However, these figures are still 87% below pre-COVID levels during the same period in 2019, indicating that there is still some way to go for a full recovery of the travel sector. »
Free Now CEO Statement
Free Now Managing Director Niall Carson said: “Free Now welcomes the return of international travel this week, and we are delighted to once again make transportation to and from airports easier for holidaymakers. For many people in Ireland, holidays abroad officially begin with a taxi ride. at the airport – with our team of dedicated drivers and our pre-booking feature which allows passengers to book travel up to four days in advance, we hope to make this a seamless and stress-free process for passengers this summer.
“We expect demand for airport bookings to continue to grow over the coming months with the widespread rollout of vaccinations and digital COVID certificates, making overseas travel a safer and easier process as we go. as we emerge from the pandemic. We are committed to playing our part in supporting Ireland’s post-pandemic restart and keeping the nation moving with safe and flexible transport options.”
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