CORK Airport saw passenger numbers increase by 6% in January 2017 compared with the same month last year.
This represents an increase in passenger numbers of 7,000 from 125,000 in January 2016 to 132,000 in January 2017.
The increase comes on the back of a really strong performance in 2016 and positive to see that growth continuing into the new year.
While this growth was experienced across all markets, the biggest increase in passenger growth was on routes to and from the UK, despite the challenges posed by Brexit. Traffic to and from multiple UK destinations including three London Airports and multiple Provincial cities in England, Scotland and Wales was up 7% to 91,000 passengers from 85,000
the previous January.
Winter sun destinations also grew strongly compared to 2016 with more choice and frequency now available from Cork.
‘We are very pleased with the start to the year and to see the growth momentum continuing into 2017,’ said Niall MacCarthy, managing director. ‘And 2017 will see nine scheduled airlines operating from Cork with existing airlines Aer Lingus, Flybe, Iberia Express, Ryanair, Stobart Air to be joined by four new airlines, WOW air, Swiss, Volotea and Norwegian.
‘Our charter operators Topflight, Falcon, Sunway and Joe Walsh Tours will also operate in 2017,’ he added. ‘In total, 50 routes will be offered to 13 countries including four new routes already on sale. We are delighted also to confirm increased capacity on old favourites – Heathrow, Edinburgh, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Gran Canaria,’ he said.
New routes already on sale for 2017 include Newquay, Cornwall with Aer Lingus Regional; Reykjavik to North America with WOW Air (year-round, 3-4 times per week); Zurich with Swiss (1–2 per week, summer service) and Verona with Volotea (1 per week, summer service). MacCarthy added that the airport expects Norwegian Air to confirm the details of its year-round transatlantic service from Cork Airport shortly, which is due to commence in July 2017.