Dublin Airport has lost more than 250,000 flights since the beginning of March last year, as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

According to new data release by the European air traffic control authority, EUROCONTROL, there are currently around 228 flights arriving and leaving Dublin airport on average each day, a 69% reduction on the level recorded in 2019, but slightly above 2020 levels since March of this year.

However, in the past week there has been a slight dip in the number of flights arriving and leaving when compared to the previous seven days.

Currently Dublin airport is placed in 39th place across European airports.

Ryanair is the busiest airline using the capital's airport, with around 100 daily flights on average, down 61% on 2019, followed by Aer Lingus and parcel delivery firm DHL Express.

The UK has been the busiest destination country for those leaving Ireland in the last seven days, with 26 flights daily, down 80% on pre-pandemic levels, followed by Spain, Germany, the US and France.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, London Heathrow has been the busiest destination airport in the past week, with five daily flights on average, down 72% on two years ago.

That has been followed by Amsterdam, London-Stansted, Frankfurt and Chicago O’Hare.

The vast majority of flights over the past week have been international rather than domestic.

The data comes just days before Ireland eases restrictions on non-essential overseas travel and as up to 2 million people receive their EU Digital Covid Certificate.

Aer Lingus said today that it is planning to operate 38 routes to Europe from Dublin and Cork for this summer.

It said it is seeing increased demand on "sunshine routes" for Spain, Greece, Portugal and Croatia in recent days.

"We believe that the increase in on-line searches we have recently seen to European cities are those planning to visit friends and relatives," said Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at the airline.

"We have also seen strong interest in travel to some of our leading holiday destinations as customers book a much-needed getaway."