Thursday 22 March 2018

'Resurgent' Cork Airport upbeat as passenger numbers take off

Flying high

Cork Airport. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Cork Airport. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Cork Airport. Photo: Fáilte Ireland/Andrew Bradley
The state-of-the-art terminal. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Pictured at the launch of Cork Airport's new brand identity in 2015 were: Robyn Chadwick, The Loop, Rachel Larkin, Communications Assistant and Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

1.3 million passengers have passed through Cork Airport between January and July, according to newly released figures.

The growth, an increase of 8pc over the same period in 2015, comes on foot of a number of new routes and increased capacity at the airport.

In recent months, Cork has launched services to Dusseldorf, Madrid, Nantes and La Rochelle, although Norwegian's planned transatlantic services have yet to take off due to fierce opposition from aviation unions and other interests in the US.

Some 2.24 million passengers are expected in 2016 - a figure which, if reached, will represent a growth of some 240,000 on the previous year.

"We expect the upward trend to continue," said Kevin Cullinane, the airport's Head of Communication, who said time spent developing new routes was beginning to pay off with "real growth" for both inbound and outbound markets.

Cork Airport's busiest year was 2008, when it clocked 3.25 million passengers shortly after opening a gleaming new terminal at a cost of €120 million.

Numbers plummeted by over 35pc in subsequent years, however, before the announcement of several new routes signalled a turnaround in 2015.

This summer's August bank holiday was its busiest in several years, the airport says, with 2016 now likely to be its most successful in some time.

Passenger numbers are also rising at Dublin Airport, where an increase of 13pc in the first six months of 2016 puts it on course for its busiest ever year.

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