Published on December 13th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Busy Festive Period at Cork Airport Kicks Off

Cork Airport expects to welcome over 135,000 arriving and departing passengers between now and the 6th of January, 2023. In a year that has brought a very strong recovery of passenger traffic at Ireland’s second busiest airport, this Christmas will be the first opportunity for passengers to travel, free of COVID restrictions – the first such opportunity in three years. 2022 has brought a marked recovery of passenger traffic at Cork Airport. As the global aviation sector emerges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cork Airport has experienced its busiest year since 2019. Across the summer and winter schedules, a total of 42 routes from 8 airlines were on offer in 2022. With over 2.2 million passengers forecast for the full year of 2022, Cork Airport is well on track to recover passenger traffic to pre-pandemic traffic levels.

Niall MacCarthy

Commenting ahead of the upcoming busy festive period, the Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said, “Christmas is our favourite time of the year amongst airport staff. We see homecoming passengers, many coming back for the first time since 2019 and some even longer, reuniting with mothers, fathers, families, and friends. Lots of Irish residents like to fly out to sun destinations to “warm up” over Christmas and of course, some of our newer residents return to their respective home countries for Christmas to be with their own families. Whatever type of passenger you are, our staff will do their utmost to make your journey smooth, pleasant, and “delay-free”.

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