FREE NOW sees ride hailing requests surpass pre-pandemic levels


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Requests up 14% compared to the same period in 2019

The ride hailing app predicts 15,000 taxi trips on Saturday as Mayo take on Tyrone at Croke Park 

  • Ride hailing requests on FREE NOW surpass 2019 levels up 14%
  • Weekends experiencing the biggest surge with 200 requests a minute on the app on Saturday, 4th September and Sunday, 5th September.
  • Trips to and from Dublin Airport have seen a sharp increase since return of international travel to 70% of pre-pandemic levels.
  • FREE NOW is predicting 15,000 trips on Saturday as Mayo take on Tyrone in the All-Ireland Final

Ride hailing requests on the FREE NOW app have now surpassed pre-pandemic levels, according to new data released today by FREE NOW. Ireland’s leading ride hailing app has seen a 14% increase in trip requests compared to the same period in 2019 and a 40% increase when compared with the same period in 2020.

With the gradual reopening of society over the summer, city centre locations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, and Galway are the most popular destinations on the app indicating that many are taking advantage of retail and hospitality being open once again. Weekends are experiencing the biggest surge in demand with 200 requests a minute recorded on the app last weekend (Saturday 4th September and Sunday 5th September).

Dublin Airport which was traditionally one of the busiest taxi destinations before the arrival of COVID-19 last year, has also experienced a sharp rise in ride hailing requests over the last six weeks. Since the return of international travel in late July, trips to Dublin Airport are back to 70% of what they were before lockdown.

Looking ahead to the weekend, it’s set to be a busy one for taxi drivers in Dublin. FREE NOW is predicting a surge in bookings as Mayo take on Tyrone in the All Ireland Final this Saturday (11th September). FREE NOW is expecting an average of 15,000 trips on the day as fans from Mayo and Tyrone make their way to Croke Park for the highly anticipated match. 

Niall Carson, General Manager FREE NOW Ireland commented: “Our latest figures indicate that as the country has gradually unlocked over the summer, many people are now getting out and about again. We have seen a significant increase in demand over the last number of weeks and have surpassed pre-pandemic levels of trips on the app which is a major milestone for FREE NOW. The return of international travel has also had a significant impact with trips to the airport now back to 70% of what they were in 2019. With the further easing of restrictions expected between now and the end of October, we would expect demand to increase further between now and the end of the year. Looking ahead to the weekend, we predict it will be one of our busiest this year thanks to the All-Ireland Final and the further easing of some restrictions this week.”