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Flight or fantasy: how safe is it to jet off on our holidays?

Airlines have brought in a number of measures to combat Covid-19, but the flight may not be the riskiest part of going abroad. Danielle Barron reports

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Airlines have brought in a number of measures to combat Covid-19, but the flight may not be the riskiest part of going abroad

Airlines have brought in a number of measures to combat Covid-19, but the flight may not be the riskiest part of going abroad

Deep clean: airlines have introduced safety measures both during check-in and on board

Deep clean: airlines have introduced safety measures both during check-in and on board

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Airlines have brought in a number of measures to combat Covid-19, but the flight may not be the riskiest part of going abroad

In what was a record-breaking year, almost 33 million travellers passed through Dublin Airport in 2019. The total for this year may be as low as 9 million, according to the DAA, the airport's operator.

Pandemic or no, there will always be flyers who need to travel for work. A small number of holidaymakers are also taking advantage of rock-bottom prices or deciding to go on previously booked trips, despite the public health advice against non-essential travel.