Cork Airport was officially opened on October 16th, 1961. The airport was built in Ballygarvan, Cork, and at an estimated cost of £1 million. In its first year of opening, Cork Airport had 10,172 passengers which is close to the average amount of passengers they had every day in 2007.
In the 1960s Cork Airport continued to expand with more destinations and the arrival of more advanced aircraft. On March 29th, 1964 a British Overseas Airways Corporation Comet was the first jet to land in Cork Airport. By 1969 Aer Lingus was operating to London Heathrow, Manchester, and Bristol from Cork Airport.
In 1978 Cork Airport opened a new departure and arrival hall, a new check-in area, office complex, duty office, information desk, and an executive lounge.
Cork Airport celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 16th, 2011. Cork Airport was awarded first place for overall customer satisfaction, a survey of passengers was carried out by Airports Council International in 2013. Customer satisfaction was measured across 8 categories in 61 regional airports worldwide and Cork Airport score the highest.
Cork Airport met its public sector obligation of reducing its energy costs by 33% in 2014 which was 6 years earlier than their 2020 target. They were placed first in the public sector category at the Sustainable Energy Awards 2014.
Cork Airport won the Corporate Campaign of the Year Prize at the EU Public Affairs Awards in Brussels, 2016. They won for their efforts to secure a direct transatlantic route. In 2016, Cork Airport also became the first Irish airport to launch a no-drone zone within 5km of the airfield. This was launched due to numerous amount of incidents involving drones or aircraft on approach or departure from aerodromes throughout Europe.
In June 2017, Cork Airport was named the 'Best Airport in Europe under 5 million passengers' at the 27th AIrports Councill International (ACI) Europe General Assembly.
Airlines & Destinations
Cork Airport has 8 airlines operating regularly scheduled and charter flights.
Tour Operators at Cork Airport
- Lee Travel
- Stein Travel
Cork Airport Destinations
Cork Airports busiest route is to London Heathrow, then London Stanstead, which is followed by Amsterdam.
You can fly to 14 different countries from Cork Airport:
The United Kingdom -
The Netherlands -
- Barcelona Girona
- Barcelona Reus
- Gran Canaria
- Palma De Mallorca
- Milan Bergamo
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