The number of travellers using skyparts has gone up by more than 40 per cent in the last year.
A total of 5,943 passengers and crew used skypasses last year, an increase of nearly 10 per cent compared to the same period in 2017, according to the Travel Agency.
This includes travellers travelling to a number of destinations in Europe, including France, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.
“I think it is a good sign that the majority of travellers are now using them,” said Laura Mancini, managing director of travel agency Delgado Travel Agency in Cork.
She added that the rise in skypissing may have been due to the increased number of passengers travelling to the Republic of Ireland.
While the number of skypissions was lower in 2017 compared to 2016, it has risen dramatically in 2017 due to travel restrictions imposed by the Government.
During this time, passengers travelling from outside the EU and the United Kingdom have been able to travel freely, but travel restrictions have also been introduced.
“There is no way to know exactly what is happening as the travel agencies are not reporting these figures, but the increase in the number may be due to this,” Ms Mancina said.
The Government has recently introduced additional travel restrictions for the Republic, including restrictions on travel to the UK, the United States and Canada.
In March 2017, it was announced that all UK citizens travelling to or through the Republic would be subject to the Government’s travel restrictions.
However, travellers can still use the passport office to enter and leave the Republic.
For more travel information, including where to book travel, please visit the Republic Travel website.
The Republic Travel Agency is the leading Irish travel agency for the United Republic of Tanzania, with offices in Londonderry, Cork and Dublin.