PASSENGER numbers through Cork Airport increased by 5% in January compared to January 2017.
The airport said traffic rose across all the geographical markets with volumes to and from eastern Europe recording the biggest increase, up 13.4%.
Southern Europe was up 12.5% and London increased by 1%.
“This is our third consecutive year of passenger growth during the month of January, and is a great start to the year at Cork Airport,” said Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy.
“Last year, Cork Airport served 2.3 million passengers, compared to 2.2 million in 2016, highlighting our ongoing commitment to increasing routes and connectivity."
Mr McCarthy said one of the biggest route additions in 2017 was Cork’s first year-round direct transatlantic service with Norwegian to Boston Providence.
In 2017, Cork Airport also announced European additions with new airline partners in Swiss, Iberia Express and Volotea.
Last month, Cork Airport revealed the addition of a new airline, with Air France to begin services out of Cork to Paris-Charles de Gaulle from May 26.
SWISS is to expand its Cork Zurich service for 2018, more than doubling its capacity this summer from 9,000 seats to 20,140.
The airline will operate three flights per week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – commencing in early May and running until the end of October 2018.
Spanish carrier, Iberia Express, will expand its Cork Madrid route by 5% this summer, operating twice weekly to the Spanish capital from 1st June to 15th September.
Fellow Spanish carrier Volotea has also announced that its Cork Verona route will operate every Saturday from 26th May to 29th August, with an additional flight on Wednesdays during peak season, commencing 27th June.