Published on August 8th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Cork Airport Passengers Numbers Up 6% in July

Cork Airport has welcomed an increase in passenger numbers compared to the same month in 2016, with July passenger numbers up 6 per cent. The increased passenger numbers are being attributed to a strong summer schedule, several new routes and the launch of direct transatlantic flights to Boston Providence with Norwegian since the first of July.

Cork Airport’s Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said “Passengers have more choice than ever flying direct from Cork Airport. In the last six months, we have launched several new routes across Europe as well as securing multiple extra flights a week on the most popular destinations for this summer. In addition, our new direct transatlantic route to Boston Providence is proving exceptionally popular, with several flights already fully booked for the weeks ahead which is a strong endorsement of the demand we always believed was here for direct connectivity to the USA.

“This further growth in passenger numbers highlights the fact that people want the convenience and easiness of traveling from their local international airport here in Cork.”

40,000 passengers were expected to travel through Cork Airport this August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Route Cut Backs

It’s not all plain sailing for Cork Airport as Wow Air announced the Cork to Reykjavik route, launched in May as a year-round service which offered onward flights to the US, is being “suspended” for the winter months. A decision will not be announced until later this year on the future of the service as the airline finalises its summer 2018 schedule.

The airline has also cancelled a small number of flights from Cork in September and early October. It operated on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and was due to operate three times a week during winter.

However, Norwegian is reporting several flights are already fully booked for the month of August such is the demand for the new service from Cork to Boston Providence service. Norwegian Air said all flights on its Cork transatlantic route are completely sold out for the first three weeks of August, less than a month after they began. This route is currently operated by Boeing 737-800’s but will transition to a 737-MAX service from 2nd September. Norwegian Air International have now taken delivery of five MAX’s, EI-FYA/B/C/D and E. EI-FYE was delivered on 2nd August to Oslo. Only EI-FYA and B have entered service of transatlantic routes.

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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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