THE number of passengers flying to and from Cork Airport increased by 4% last year.
More than 2.3 million passengers used the Airport in 2017. The increase last year followed a similar increase in passenger numbers in 2016 when there was a 6% increase in passenger numbers compared to 2015.
While the number of passengers in 2017 increased, the number of flights taking off and landing at Cork decreased slightly from 20,147 flights to 19,894.
This was largely down to the loss of the Cork to London City route last year.
The 19,894 flights last year was slightly ahead of Shannon Airport's 19,296 flights but was dwarfed by Dublin Airport's 215,829.
"Our passenger numbers were up 4% in 2017 to 2.308 million following 8% growth in 2016 on the strength of the new airlines and new route announcements made and launched last year as well as becoming Ireland’s newest transatlantic airport with the take-off of Norwegian’s direct service to Boston Providence last July," a spokesperson for Cork airport said.
Nationally, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) confirmed that 1,135,845 total flights were safely handled in Ireland in 2017, a new record.
This marks a significant increase in Irish air traffic of + 2.5% over 2016 figures.
Peter Kearney, Chief Executive Designate of the IAA said: “Ireland as an island nation is hugely dependent upon aviation. The IAA are proud to have delivered a safe service to well over one million flights in 2017
In May Cork Airport will see the commencement of a new Air France daily service between Cork and Paris that will add an additional 33,750 seats.