Published on October 6th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Cork Airport is 60

In conversation with Kevin Cullinane DAA on what’s happening at Cork Airport.

Back in 1957, planning was underway for an airport for Cork. After considering many sites in the area, it was agreed that the airport should be built in Ballygarvan. It was built at an estimated cost of £1 million. The airport was officially opened on 16 October 1961, following proving flights four days earlier by Aer Lingus and Cambrian Airways. In its first year, the airport handled 10,172 passengers – close to the average number of passengers handled each day at the airport in 2007. 

To mark the 60th birthday, I met up at the terminal with Kevin Cullinane, Interim Group Head of Communications with the DAA. I started our chat by wishing the airport a happy birthday…

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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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