Published on May 18th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Passenger numbers on the rise at Cork Airport

April figures from Cork Airport reveal that passenger numbers were up 6% last month. Despite a lower number of flights through the airport in the month, passenger numbers continue to rise on existing routes and overall passenger numbers are up 2% compared to the same period last year.

Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said “We are very pleased with our passenger numbers so far this year and I expect Passenger growth to continue and excel once our peak season starts in earnest this month with a very busy summer period ahead for Cork Airport.

With inaugural flights to several new destinations such as Newquay, Zurich, Reykjavik this month and direct transatlantic services to Boston/Providence starting in July, we can look forward to continued positive growth in both existing markets as well as new traffic from these regions also”, he added.

All regions were in growth during April, with passengers traveling to Continental Europe up 8% and passengers travelling to the UK up 5%. Of the UK growth, flights to London accounted for 41% of traffic in the month.

Cork-Newquay Route

On 6th May Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, commenced the Cork-Newquay route which will continue through to September 23, 2017 and will fly bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The new route brings to nine, the number of Aer Lingus Regional routes operating from Cork Airport this summer. The airline expects to carry over 330,000 passengers through Cork Airport in 2017, up 7% on 2016

The Cornish town, situated on the South West Coast of England is one of the UK’s favourite seaside towns and is renowned as a fun-filled and scenic holiday destination. Newquay is host to seven miles of glorious beach and is nationally and internationally known as the UK and European capital of surfing.

Managing Director of Cork Airport Niall MacCarthy said: “This is a very exciting route for Cork Airport and the passengers of Munster. It is testament to our pledge and commitment to bring new routes to the South of Ireland and we are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus Regional’s new route. Newquay is a top destination for surfers around the world, so the route will certainly satisfy the thrill seekers and adventurers of Munster.”

“The launch of the route leads the way for a very exciting Summer 2017 for Cork Airport. In tandem with our inaugural transatlantic routes and new and expanded European destinations, passenger growth is expected to continue to rise to over 2.3 million passengers this year”, he added.

Michael Dooley and David Leahy of UCC Surf Club and Daragh Hanratty, Head of Aviation Marketing, Cork Airport along with Claire Maguire and Linda Smith of Aer Lingus.

Cork Runway Run

Cork Airport will host its very popular 5K runway run again this November as part of SPAR’s national fitness programme.

Runners will take on the 5K course on the runway at Cork Airport on the night of Friday, November 17, 2017. Participants are welcome to run, jog or walk the distance. The emphasis for the event is on wellbeing and promoting a healthy, happy lifestyle, a sentiment shared by hosts Cork Airport. Click Here for more details.

New partnership with Cork City Football Club

Cork Airport have announced a new enhanced partnership with Cork City Football Club. The new partnership will see Cork City Football Club branding in various locations in Cork Airport.

As part of this initiative, over the coming months, Cork Airport will also host a display in the main arrivals hall of a selection of the entries from the recent ‘Clonakilty Pride in Your Jersey’ competition, in association with Clonakilty Food Co., which saw over 2,000 children across Cork city and county design their own jersey and explain why they are so proud to be from Cork.

Almost 1,000 children who entered the competition have already attended a Cork City FC match at Turner’s Cross this season, with many of them already returning as regular visitors.

Head of Communications at Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane said “We are absolutely delighted to partner with Cork City FC. It is an honour for Cork Airport to play a part and share in the pride and success of the Club. They are an integral part of the fabric of Cork life and give so many locals, young and old an outlet of excitement and opportunity. We wish them continued success”, he added.

Business Development Manager at Cork City Football Club, Lisa Fallon saida “This is a fantastic development in the relationship between ourselves and Cork Airport. Seeing the Cork City Football Club branding proudly displayed throughout the airport is great for the club, our supporters and for the whole area in general. It’s another real show of togetherness between our club and the wider community.”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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