MORE than 149,000 passengers are expected to travel through Cork Airport this Christmas and New Year, with Friday, December 21 the busiest day for arrivals.
The numbers forecasted to arrive and depart over the Christmas and New Year period are up 3.5% compared with the same time last year.
Head of Communications at Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane said: “Cork Airport plays a vital role in getting people to where they need to be for the Christmas season.
“While December 21 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, December 28. 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,” said Mr Cullinane.
The growth at Cork Airport has been partially driven by new and extended routes and services added this winter season, including Ryanair’s new winter service to Faro, Portugal, along with the commencement of the airline’s London Luton route.
Aer Lingus has added capacity with its new Lisbon route, which commenced in October, as well as extending its Tenerife service to a twice-weekly frequency.
Air France’s daily service from Cork to Paris Charles de Gaulle, which commenced in May, has also added to the capacity at Cork Airport.
“This will rise again in 2019 by a further 7% to 2.6 million, with the airport serving over 50 routes across the UK, continental Europe and the east coast of the USA,” said Mr Cullinane.
Cork Airport is hosting over 30 school and adult choirs — gospel, traditional and orchestral — to get people into the festive mood throughout December.