Ireland’s tourism numbers have been absolutely decimated due to the coronavirus pandemic, with thousands of daily tourists dwindling down to almost zero in the blink of an eye.
Dublin Airport has seen passenger numbers plummet by over 90% since March, and the country’s busiest transport hub now looks barren in comparison to this time last year.
Despite the drop off, there are social media trolls and conspiracy theorists that are absolutely convinced that the reality is very different and that hundreds of passengers are flying in from the US every single day.
America is currently one of the worst hit parts of the world by COVID-19, with daily numbers of cases and deaths skyrocketing so quickly that several states have imposed harsh lockdowns and curfews.
So when challenged by a claim that there are around 1,000 US passengers flying into Dublin Airport per week, they just had to fact-check and clap back with a response that proves the reality is far different.
They said: “Myth 1) 1,000 passengers on these flights. We had an average of 80 people per day arriving from US last week. Myth 2) Tourists. Pubs shut, restaurants shut, shops shut, you can’t sit in a cafe for a coffee & yet you seem to think tourists are coming here in their thousands?
“Our passenger numbers were down by 93% last week compared to same week last year. The @HPSC’s epidemiology reports show that since the pandemic started, 1.4% of all cases were linked to “travel abroad inc possible travel abroad”. In past 14 days, 0.17% of cases were imported.
“This country has been dependent on tourist visitors and trade for generations and we look forward to to a time in the near future when we can welcome visitors back in their droves to experience the many wonderful things that Ireland has to offer.”
Once again, Dublin Airport brings the receipts!
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Source: Dublin News