Cork Airport

Aviation Business Development & Airline Information At Cork Airport

Cork Airport recognises the key role the airport plays as the principal international gateway to the south of Ireland and the major importance of further developing international connectivity to the region. The airport offers direct access to a city with high levels of business activity and to a region with a well developed tourism industry.

With direct access routes to and from over 50 UK and European destinations, Cork Airport already offers a wide range of connectivity options but the airport is always looking to expand its network.

We are committed to developing business in partnership with our customers and we believe we can provide airlines and tour operators with the opportunity to confidently grow their business at Cork Airport.

Contact Us

If you wish to find out more about the market potential at Cork Airport, please contact:
Brian Gallagher, Head of Aviation and Commercial Business Development at

Opportunities At Cork Airport

Cork Airport has been to the forefront in sharing opportunities with airlines and in encouraging new routes into Cork. We have generous new Route Incentive Schemes and commensurate Marketing Support to share the risks with our airline partners.

Market Research and Statistics at Cork Airport

Aviation and Commercial Business Development conducts a comprehensive continuous market research programme at Cork Airport. An independent research company carries out this research on our behalf. The research is conducted every month to provide a seasonal spread of business and is shared with customer airlines and tour operators. We also have detailed data about business and leisure in the south of Ireland that we can share with our customers.

Route Support Schemes at Cork Airport

Cork Airport has very extensive Route Support Schemes for new Long and Short-Haul routes as well as generous Marketing Support available to help in the formative years of launching any new routes. We will also help you obtain support, if available, from key stakeholders both locally in Ireland and overseas. Cork Airport will make suitable modifications, to the extent necessary, to all Route Support Schemes including the Growth Scheme 2018-2024 to take account of COVID-19 impacts, where appropriate.

Cork Airport Long Haul Route Support Scheme 2020

Annual discounts of 100%, 90%, 75%, 50% and 25% on qualifying charges, as defined in the scheme, over 5 years.

Cork Airport Short Haul Route Support Scheme 2020

Annual discounts of 100%, 80%, 60%, 40%  and 20% on qualifying charges, as defined in the scheme, over 5 years.

Marketing Support at Cork Airport

Cork Airport is mindful of the need to advertise and promote any new routes in this market. We are willing to arrange cooperative funding to assist in the promotion of new routes. Our Marketing Support package is designed to help in this respect. That support, aided by a team of people willing to guide new airlines in the Irish market, will be available to help deliver the best opportunity for a successful and sustainable launch.  

Added Capacity Incentive Scheme at Cork Airport

In addition, to ensure that Cork Airport has the option to support airlines that exhibit substantial growth on existing routes, an Added Capacity Incentive Scheme is available at Cork Airport.

Cork Airport reserves the right to award the following levels of discount to operators that increase capacity by increasing frequency or seat capacity substantially. 

Year Discount On All Airport Charges For Additional Capacity

  1. 50% for 12 months following the introduction of the additional capacity.
  2. 50% for the subsequent 12 months.
  • The increase in frequency/capacity on the route/routes must be substantial i.e. a minimum of 20,000 seats over a 12 month period and must present a significant commercial opportunity for Cork Airport.
  • Discounts will apply to all Qualifying Charges (as per the Scheme) relating to the additional frequencies. Full, published charges will apply to the original frequencies.
  • Cork Airport reserves the right to apply this incentive to any operator that introduces Additional Capacity.
  • Where more than one operator increases frequency/capacity substantially on the same route, daa reserves the right to award Additional Capacity support to more than one operator concurrently. The decision to award Additional Capacity support to more than one operator will be entirely at daa's discretion and will be applied only where the company deems there to be a significant commercial benefit to doing so.
  • The Additional Capacity introduced on a route must generate a net benefit for daa - that is - switching of capacity will not be considered as eligible Additional Capacity. daa may require information from an operator to confirm that Additional Capacity is incremental to Cork Airport.
  • To continue to be eligible for the incentive and continue receiving support, approved Additional Capacity on a route must be maintained or increased during the two-year duration of the incentive.

Cork Airport Standby Aircraft Incentive (SAI) 2020

Cork Airport continues to offer a temporary Standby Aircraft Incentive for Relevant Operators in respect of aircraft parking charges. A Relevant Operator shall not be charged aircraft parking charges (as defined in clause 3.2 of the Cork Airport Charges document) in relation to a Standby Aircraft for periods on which it is parked on a Standby Aircraft Stand.

Cork Airport Standby Aircraft Incentive Scheme

Airport Charges

Cork Airport modifies its Airport Charges Terms and Conditions from time to time, so please ensure that the version you are using is current. Click below to download the most up-to-date documents:

Airport Charges Terms & Conditions 2020

Miscellaneous Fees & Charges

The document below summarises the main non-aeronautical charges for Cork Airport in 2019.

2020 Miscellaneous Fees and Charges

Cork Airport Landing Permit (Training)

Landing Permits are issued to training aircraft using Cork Airport on a regular basis. Permits are applied for and granted on an annual basis. These permits are issued to an individual aircraft registration and are not transferable.

A completed Permit Form is required for each aircraft operated.

Landing Permit Application Form

Any change of Aircraft Registration or Aircraft Ownership must be notified to this office immediately.  Please note, that all invoices are to be settled within 30 days of date of invoice.  Failure to do so will incur late payment interest and compensation, in accordance with the provisions of the Prompt Payment of Accounts Act, 1997 as amended by S.I. No 388 of 2002 Late Payments in Commercial Transactions.

Night training must be notified and paid for in advance at the Car Park Services Desk located in the multi-story carpark.

Completed forms should be emailed or posted to:
Eamon O'Donovan
Operations Manager
Cork Airport