Published on March 15th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


43,000 Passengers Expected Through Cork Airport this Weekend

Cork Airport expects to welcome over 43,000 passengers over the St. Patrick’s weekend period. This year, as part of the national holiday celebrations, the airport will host an extensive programme of entertainment for departing and arriving passengers. Featuring local musicians, dancers and singers, passengers can expect to be greeted with a true taste of Irish entertainment over the days leading up to, and after, St. Patricks Day. Punters travelling to the Cheltenham Racing Festival were well catered for, with additional Ryanair services to Birmingham operating this week.

Looking ahead towards a busy St. Patrick’s weekend, Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said: “We place great importance on the quality of the customer experience at Cork Airport. Our staff have been working really hard on preparing for this weekend, which is our first busy weekend before the peak summer season. We hope the feast of traditional music will add extra flavour and joy to the passenger travel experience through Cork Airport for this St Patrick’s week. We urge the public in the South of Ireland, “Go on, Fly Cork, you know it’s easier”.

On 26th March, Cork Airport’s 2023 Summer Schedule will commence. This summer, Cork Airport will offer 45 scheduled routes serving destinations across the UK, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and Croatia. Nine scheduled airlines will operate services at Cork Airport in 2023 – Ryanair, Aer Lingus, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, Vueling, SWISS, TUI, and Emerald Airlines, operating under the Aer Lingus Regional brand. Amongst the highlights this month are the commencement of a new Ryanair service to East Midlands Airport in the UK and the resumption of the Air France service to Paris Charles de Gaulle. 

With the imminent commencement of the 2023 Summer Schedule, both passenger security screening and food & beverage outlets will open at the earlier time of 04:00, giving passengers additional time to clear security screening and to avail of the extensive dining options in the busiest part of the day. Over the coming days, passengers are advised to arrive 90 minutes before their scheduled flight departure time. Cork Airport scored an amazing 4.67 out of 5 for passenger satisfaction, through independent market research undertaken by RedC for the full year 2022.

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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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