Cork Airport saw a 10.5 per cent rise in passenger numbers for the first three months of the year.
The figures are revelaed as the airport announced it has a total of 12 new routes operating or scheduled to start in the upcoming months, including a Madrid link which will launch in June.
The Irish Examiner reports that Iberia Express will fly out of the hub starting 18 June with two weekly flights - Wednesday and Saturday - to Madrid, with fares from €49 one way.
Cork Airport spokesperson Kevin Cullinane said the Madrid route is just one of nine new routes planned for summer 2016. “We’re forecasting growth of between 8 and 10 per cent so this new route will augment and accelerate hopefully that growth over the key summer months. Having come through some challenging years, we are now back in growth.”
The airport has also recently added routes to Düsseldorf, London, Nantes, Cardiff, Southampton, Leeds Bradford and Menorca. It also has plans to start new routes to Boston, New York and Barcelona.