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Fionn McCarthy (6) pictured at the launch of Cork Airport's new flight tracking feature on its app. Photo: Diane Cusack

Fionn McCarthy (6) pictured at the launch of Cork Airport's new flight tracking feature on its app. Photo: Diane Cusack

Fionn McCarthy (6) pictured at the launch of Cork Airport's new flight tracking feature on its app. Photo: Diane Cusack

A new feature on Cork and Dublin Airport's apps allows passengers to track the live location of planes.

The feature, powered by live flight tracking website Flighttracker24, is the first of its kind in the world, Cork Airport has said.

It shows the aircraft’s route, speed, type of aircraft, altitude, distance travelled and total distance to destination. Additional features include a live map of flights in and out of Dublin and Cork Airport in real time, which can be filtered by arrivals and departures.

Cork initiated the innovation, according to Kevin Cullinane, the Airport's Head of Communications, and the features for both airports were rolled out simultaneously.

Cork Airport's flight tracker was released first, followed by Dublin, he says.

The Cork Airport app, available to download for free on both iTunes and Google Play, was launched last year. It offers a guide to services at the airport, including live bus and coach departure times, live arrivals and departures information, car park booking, integrated maps and retail information.

It also provides current weather details at Cork Airport and its destinations.

"To be the first airport in the world to introduce this innovative feature is a fantastic achievement and is a further example of Cork Airport’s commitment to providing a world-class customer experience for every passenger," Cullinane added.

Last year, Cork was the first airport in Ireland to make Google Indoor maps available for all of its public areas.

It is promising more innovation in 2015.

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