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Published on January 17th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer

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Cork Airport Contributes €904 Million To Irish Economy

Findings from a report InterVISTAS Consulting have revealed that Cork Airport generated €904 million for the Irish economy in 2019. The report also found that the airport contributed to the employment of 12,180 people in Ireland, equivalent to 10,740 full-time jobs, earning a total of €457 million.

The findings of the study come as Cork Airport recorded a fourth consecutive year of growth in 2019, with passengers growing by 8% to 2.6 million. It is now entering its fifth consecutive year of growth, with 2.7 million people forecasted to travel through the airport in 2020, up a further 5% on last year.

Speaking on the role Cork Airport plays in the local economy, Cork Airport’s Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy said: “The last economic impact study of Cork Airport was conducted in 2015 and it is fantastic to see the airport’s positive contribution to the Irish economy is continuing to grow significantly. Not only does Cork Airport support 12,180 jobs locally, it also contributed €904 million to the Irish economy in 2019. This figure alone highlights just how crucial Cork Airport is to the economy here across the south of Ireland.”

Mr MacCarthy added: “In total, Cork Airport directly supports 2,200 jobs at the airport itself with daa employees, airlines, ground transport, handling, maintenance, food and beverage, logistics companies, Government agencies and hotels. Of the total Gross Value Added by Cork Airport to the economy, €173 million of that is a result of these direct jobs, and each one of those 2,200 people have made Cork Airport the success it is today as it continues to be Ireland’s fastest growing airport.”

Additional new flights for 2020 announced to date also include Ryanair’s direct flight to the Croatian coastal city of Zadar; and a twice-weekly service to Katowice, Poland. The latter is an extension of the airline’s winter schedule route which is currently operating.

Head of Aviation & Commercial Business Development at Cork Airport, Brian Gallagher stated that the range and density of Cork’s network provides the region with high levels of connectivity. “Some of the world’s biggest companies choose to do business in Cork and the surrounding counties due to our exceptional connectivity. Along with 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. We also have double daily departures to Paris CDG with Air France and Aer Lingus in peak months.

For an overview of the Economic Impact Study click here.

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also 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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