Cork Airport

Busy Summer Season Starts Well at Cork Airport

Jun 07, 2023

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Irish holiday makers have their eyes firmly set on the sun this summer, with thousands set to depart Cork Airport over the coming weeks. 

June, July and August are set to be the busiest months at Cork Airport since 2019, coming on the back of another busy month in May, according to daa, the operator of the country’s busiest two airports, Cork and Dublin.

Cork Airport welcomed a total of 262,318 passengers during May, representing a 28% uplift on May 2022 and 10% increase versus May 2019. 

Looking ahead to the peak summer months ahead, Spain remains the firm favourite for Munster passengers, as Cork Airport recently added a new Ryanair route to Seville. There are now 10 Spanish destinations available direct from Cork Airport and Malaga, Lanzarote, Reus, Alicante and Valencia rank amongst the most popular for passengers across the South of Ireland.  

Kenny Jacobs, CEO of daa, the operator of Cork and Dublin airports said: “At Cork Airport, the uplift in passenger traffic remains extremely strong with double digit growth on May 2019 passenger numbers. In fact, passenger traffic seen last month was on par with some of the historically busy weeks of late July and early August in years past. Two new routes commenced at Cork Airport in the last week – Seville and La Rochelle. The choice and convenience on offer at Cork Airport continues to be a major attraction for Munster consumers”.

Cork Airport’s Top 10 most popular summer destinations (June-August):

  1. Malaga

  2. Faro

  3. Lanzarote

  4. Reus

  5. Alghero (Sardinia)

  6. Alicante

  7. Palma

  8. Valencia

  9. Rome

  10. Pisa

Passenger Advice For Summer

Passengers travelling from Cork Airport are advised to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight is due to depart.

May 2023 at Cork Airport


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Busiest Day for Travel

Tuesday, May 30

Busiest Destination

London Heathrow

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