Cork Airport is expecting a large number of festive flyers this December, a situation which has been attributed to the new winter service to Faro Airport recently set up by Ryanair. Take a look at our previous blog post where we talked about Ryanair’s new routes to and from Faro Airport. The growth has also been linked to the new Lisbon route set up by Aer Lingus which began in October, as well as a new daily service from Air France.
The airport is expected to see over 149,000 passengers travelling through, with Friday 21 December set to be the busiest day for arrivals. The predicted numbers for departures and arrivals over the Christmas and New Year holiday season are up by 3.5 per cent in comparison to the same time last year at Cork Airport.
Kevin Cullinane, head of communications at Cork Airport, said: “Cork Airport plays a vital role in getting people to where they need to be for the Christmas season. With new routes and extended services this winter season, the airport offers greater choice and flexibility for those choosing to fly through Cork Airport.
“While 21 December is expected to be the busiest day at the airport for arrivals, as we welcome passengers home for their Christmas holiday, the busiest day for departures is Friday 28 December. This will also be the busiest day overall, for both arrivals and departures.
“More than 2.4 million passengers passed through Cork Airport this year, our third consecutive year of growth.”
Commenting on the continuously increasing traffic, Cullinane added, “2018 has been a fantastic year of growth for Cork Airport, and we extend our thanks to our customers, airlines and stakeholders. Over 2.4 million passengers passed through Cork Airport this year, our third consecutive year of growth. This will rise again in 2019 by a further seven per cent to 2.6 million, with the airport serving over 50 routes across the UK, continental Europe and the east coast of the USA”
Cork Airport is also hosting over 30 school and adult choirs to help travellers to Faro Airport and beyond get into the festive spirit while they travel.