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Cork Airport Expects To Welcome Over 135,000 Passengers Between Now And 6 January

By Dave Simpson
Cork Airport Expects To Welcome Over 135,000 Passengers Between Now And 6 January

Cork Airport expects to welcome over 135,000 arriving and departing passengers between now and 6 January 2023.


The year 2022 has brought a marked recovery of passenger traffic to 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 eight airlines were on offer from Cork Airport in 2022. With over 2.2 million passengers forecast for the full year of 2022, Cork Airport is on track to recovering passenger traffic to pre-pandemic levels of 2.6 million in 2019.

Between now and Christmas Eve, over 1,000 performers – ranging from local schoolchildren to orchestral ensembles – will take to a specially constructed Christmas stage in the arrivals area at Cork Airport.

Statement By Managing Director Of Cork Airport

The managing director of 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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