Cork Airport History

Cork Airport History

Cork Airport (ORK), is Ireland’s second busiest with passengers numbers in excess 2.5 million. The airport is located 6.5 kilometres outside the city and there are flights to 45 destinations in Europe. The airport has seen growth in passenger numbers in recent years. The address is Cork Airport, Kinsale Road, Cork. In 2006 a new terminal building was opened providing a more modern customer experience

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Cork is Irelands second largest city and is located in the south-west area of Ireland. The area was originally a monastic settlement and was once a fully walled city. The population of Cork in 2019 was 210,000. The airport provides a vital link to European countries and the UK. The airport employees a large number of people and is a great boost to the local economy and is linked to 12,180 jobs and has seen growth over a period of years. The growth of numbers in 2019 was an 8% increase.

The findings of an economic impact study found that the airport generated 904 million euros for the local economy.

There are daily flights to Amsterdam Schiphol and also has flights to Paris – Charles de Gaulle in France. The airport has a long history dating back to the 1950s. The busiest route is to London Heathrow route. The airport was opened in 16th of October 1961, back in those days there were only four flights from Cork.

The area has grown over the years, between 1980 to 2000 seen new routes to Gatwick Airport, in London. In 1987 Ryanair set up routes. 1988 the runway was extended. 2000 onwards seen plans for a new terminal building with an investment of 140million euros.

In 2005, Ryanair opened there 15th European hub at Cork. 2006 saw the opening of the new terminal building. In 2011 Cork Airport celebrated being 50 years old and in 2016 won an award for corporate campaign of the year in Brussels from the EU public affairs (Euro PA awards). In 2017 Cork was named best airport in Europe with under five million passengers by the (ACI) airport council international.

The site has seen many high profile visitors, including Michael Jackson. Queen Elizabeth flew back to the UK from Cork after the Queen’s state visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

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