Cork Airport has recorded a 5pc rise in passenger numbers for the first month of the new year, compared to January 2017.
Despite Brexit worries, its London traffic rose – albeit slightly – by 1pc. Traffic rose across all the geographical markets served by Cork Airport, with eastern Europe the best performer (up 13.4pc), while southern Europe rose by 12.5pc.
Recent figures from Aviation Analytics revealed that Norwegian Air‘s Cork to Rhode Island is its most profitable long-haul route, with an average profit of €36 per seat.
He added: “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. Last year, Cork Airport served 2.3m passengers, compared to 2.2m in 2016.”
He said “there is strong support across the region for Cork Airport, evident from both passenger figures recorded in January this year and throughout 2017. Flying passengers direct to over 40 destinations globally, Cork Airport is the international gateway for the south of Ireland, and we will continue to focus on its growth for the year ahead.”
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 till October 27.
SWISS is to expand its Cork Zurich service, more than doubling its capacity this summer from 9,000 seats to 20,140. The airline will operate each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, commencing in early May and running until the end of October 2018.
Iberia Express, will expand its Cork Madrid route by 5pc this summer, operating 2w to the Spanish capital from June 1-September 15. Fellow Spanish carrier Volotea has also announced that its Cork Verona route will operate every Saturday from May 26-August 29, with an additional flight on Wednesdays during peak season, commencing June 27.