Published on March 25th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer0
Cork Passengers Up for February but Transatlantic Service in Doubt
Cork Airport celebrated a 10% increase in passenger numbers in February versus the same month last year. The airport handled 151,000 passengers, up 14,000. In total, an estimated 2.6 million passengers will use Cork Airport this year, a projected growth of +8%
Last week, Ryanair announced a new twice-weekly service from Cork to Katowice, Poland as part of its Winter 2019 schedule. There are now 52 routes on offer from Cork Airport to the UK, Continental Europe and the east coast of the USA, along with daily long-haul connectivity through major European hub airports.
Cork Airport has welcomed nine new routes in the past year. Along with the new Katowice service, commencing in October 2019, Ryanair has also announced new services to Naples, Budapest, Malta, Poznań and London Luton from Cork Airport in the past 12 months. Aer Lingus has also added Nice and Dubrovnik to its summer 2019 schedule while Air France has upgraded its daily service between Cork and Paris to an Embraer 190 to add more capacity.
Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said “Connectivity from Cork Airport extends even further than our 52 direct routes, with daily flights from Cork to the major international hubs across Europe. Along with our four daily departures to Heathrow connecting to the extensive British Airways world network, we have double daily flights to Manchester connecting to Virgin Atlantic and Etihad networks and double daily departures to Paris CDG, connecting you to over 500 destinations on the Air France network.”
Transatlantic Services in Doubt
Norwegian’s summer Cork to Providence service has been closed for bookings while the airline seeks an alternative aircraft to the Boeing 737MAX. If a suitable aircraft cannot be found (the runway at Cork limits the options available), Norwegian plan to bus Cork passengers to Dublin for the daily B787-9 Dreamliner service. The Dreamliner is currently scheduled until 30th April for the Dublin-New York Stewart daily flight, followed by a three-hour bus journey to Providence. Industry sources indicate that it’s unlikely that the MAX will be available to fly from 1st May so it’s likely further cancellations may happen from Cork.