Cork Airport

Over 50,000 Passengers Expected At Cork Airport This St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend

Mar 12, 2024

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Cork Airport expects over 50,000 passengers across the St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend, with Friday, March 15 being the busiest day for arrivals and departures. Over the coming days, Cork Airport will play host to a feast of traditional Irish music and dance as local and regional music groups take to the specially decorated St. Patrick’s Weekend stage to entertain our departing and arriving passengers. 


The Cheltenham Racing Festival starts today and over the last two days punters have flown out to the UK in big numbers ahead of one of the highlights of the annual racing calendar, with more expected to travel between now and Friday. To cater for increased demand, both Ryanair and Aer Lingus Regional will operate additional services to Birmingham and Bristol respectively.


Ahead of the busy St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend, Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said: “Our passenger numbers have grown 20% in the year-to-date, versus the same period last year. The message about the friendliness and ease of Cork Airport is spreading further afield and we are working to make this weekend a friendly, safe, smooth, and welcoming weekend at Cork Airport. We have a great asset in our traditional music and dance, which is a unique part of our culture and sometimes can we take that for granted. This St. Patrick’s weekend, we will be teaming up with our friends in Comhaltas, the John Lonergan Academy of Irish Dancing, soloist Pat Kelleher, Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble to ensure that our national music and dance are on show to welcome visitors and locals alike home to Ireland.”


Cork Airport’s 2024 Summer Schedule will commence at the end of this month with 48 routes to destinations across the UK, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Croatia, and Greece. Seven scheduled airlines will operate services from Cork Airport in 2024 – Ryanair, Aer Lingus, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, SWISS International Air Lines, and Emerald Airlines (operating under the Aer Lingus Regional brand). TUI will also operate charter services to popular sun destinations. 


With a busy weekend in store, passengers are advised to arrive at the airport 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time and for those requiring car parking, to book directly on