New data from Ireland’s ride hailing app FREE NOW reveals that foreign travel is back on the cards for many Irish people as ride hailing requests to Dublin airport soared by 80%
from the previous week – increasing by 170% compared to the same week in 2020.
. Trip data from FREE NOW also highlights a week-on-week jump in taxi trips to Cork and Shannon airports too on the 19th and 20th of July, increasing respectively by 96% (Cork) and 65% (Shannon).
Monday, July 19th was the busiest day for airport bookings on the FREE NOW app since the start of the year, as the nation took advantage of the lifted travel ban. 4am on Monday was the busiest hour to book a taxi on FREE NOW signalling that holidaymakers were keen to make the most of their trip by getting an early start.
There was also a 95% increase in collections from Dublin airport via the FREE NOW app on Monday as many ex-pats returned home to Ireland, some for the first time in 16 months.