Passengers take flight: 8pc drop in numbers flying to and from Britain
The number of passengers travelling between British airports and those in the Republic of Ireland on scheduled air services fell 8pc during December compared with the same month in 2008, from 879,693 to 808,699, according to data.
The decline was most evident in the number of passengers flying between Irish airports and Gatwick, Luton and Glasgow.
There were 26pc fewer passengers flying between Luton and Dublin in December compared with a year earlier, with 22,244 in the month compared with 30,298 in December 2008.
To and from Galway, there was a 31pc drop from 6,772 to 4,682, and to and from Shannon a 45pc fall from 6,407 to 3,385.
Between Gatwick and Dublin there were 19pc fewer passengers, at 69,087, compared with December 2008.
Traffic between Glasgow and Dublin was down 38pc to 7,523 passengers.
On the London City-Dublin route, the number of passengers rose 20pc to 14,736 during the month from 12,320. There were 4pc more passengers flying between Heathrow and Dublin, at 134,841.