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Cork Airport Planes To Divert To Dublin Airport During Cork Airport Runway Upgrade

Published on Aug 31 2021 12:30 PM in General Industry tagged: Dublin Airport / Cork Airport / Shannon Airport / Air Travel

Cork Airport Planes To Divert To Dublin Airport During Cork Airport Runway Upgrade

According to The Irish Independent, Dublin Airport will receive a boost next month with the bulk of traffic from Cork Airport set to divert to the capital as Cork Airport closes for a ten-week runway upgrade programme.

Cork Airport is a little over 80% down on its normal traffic volumes.

COVID-19 Impact

Cork airport managed to retain scheduled services to London and Amsterdam, and has won back six scheduled airlines (Aer Lingus, Ryanair, KLM, Swiss, Lufthansa and Air France).

The scale of the pandemic impact is borne out by the fact that Cork would normally have nine scheduled operations with fifty scheduled routes.

It is understood loads are running approximately 65% compared to the 90% that is normal for August.

"Cork expects a strong Christmas after the runway reconstruction serving VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic and very strong rally in airline and passenger numbers for summer 2022," a spokesperson said.

Shannon airport recorded a 73% decline in aircraft traffic last year, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

Passenger numbers plummeted by 79% last year but Shannon has been boosted by an expanded Ryanair schedule this summer, including services to the UK, Spain, and Eastern Europe.

Dublin recorded 2,981 flights in May - down 86% on May 2019. It recovered slightly in June, with 4,767 flights, still a decline of 77.6% on the 21,299 flights in June 2019.

Passenger numbers are now an average of 25,000 a week - one-fifth of a normal week in July and August.

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