Cork Airport

2021 Traffic Analysis At Cork Airport Including 2022 Traffic Forecast

Feb 01, 2022


  • Cork Airport passenger numbers set to soar by 700% in 2022 vs 2021
  • Over 1.8 million passengers expected to use the facility in 2022 vs 258,000 in 2021
  • 8 scheduled airlines confirmed to operate serving 37 routes
  • July 2022 is expected to be the busiest month with over 200,000 passengers forecast to use the facility in that month alone

A total of 258,000 passengers flew in and out of Cork Airport in 2021 with August 2021 being the busiest month. The top five countries served by Cork Airport in 2021 were the United Kingdom, Spain, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.

Cork Airport Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy commented:

“The Covid-19 pandemic dealt a drastic blow to the entire aviation industry throughout 2020 and 2021. However, with the easing of restrictions combined with huge pent-up demand we expect 2022 to be a bumper year for Cork Airport.”

“Cork Airport remained open throughout the pandemic providing essential connectivity for repatriation, cargo and essential travel. Now that restrictions are eased, we are in pole position to recover fast and provide the friendly, easy gateway for over 1.8 million people to travel into and out of the South of Ireland in 2022. In 2021, we completed the reconstruction of our main runway and our airside electrical systems in record time and on budget to safeguard our future and we are confident that this runway will be very busy in the year ahead,” he added.   

To the see the 2021 traffic performance, please click here.