Cork Airport


Jun 27, 2022


Committee members receive comprehensive business updates on the recovery from the effects of the pandemic, growth projections for the short to medium term and updates on infrastructural works at Ireland’s second busiest airport

Cork Airport — June 27, 2022 — Today, Cork Airport Acting Managing Director Roy O’Driscoll hosted a visit of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, led by Committee chairperson, Kieran O’Donnell T.D. The Committee were in Cork on the invitation of daa Chairman, Basil Geoghegan for a meeting with airport management to discuss Cork Airport’s recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, to look at Cork Airport’s growth projections for the next number of years along with receiving a comprehensive update on the major infrastructural works completed to date and projects currently being carried out.

In his presentation to the Committee, Roy O’Driscoll, outlined that, daa has invested €40m in major infrastructural projects at Cork Airport over the past three years. In 2020, €12m was invested in a new hold baggage screening system, an investment designed to bring the current baggage screening system up to modern security requirements. In 2021, Cork Airport undertook the largest and fastest infrastructural project completed in the state in recent times when the main jet-capable runway 16-34 was fully reconstructed and rehabilitated. The on-time, on-budget reconstruction of the runway was supported by an investment of €10m by the Department of Transport. In May, work commenced on the construction of a new electrical substation with an anticipated completion date of April 2023. The new substation will replace a currently, near-obsolete substation constructed in the 1960s. This project effectively represents phase two of the runway reconstruction which included a full replacement of legacy airfield lighting with modern, energy-efficient LED lighting to the highest modern specifications. 
Cork Airport recently revised its 2022 passenger projections upwards to 2.1m. The upward revision from 1.8m is primarily due to the strong demand for international travel and the range of new route additions (for both summer and winter) that have been announced. 
Cork Airport anticipates being the first state airport to reach pre-pandemic passenger numbers. In 2019, 2.6m passengers travelled through Cork Airport. It is anticipated that Cork Airport will serve this number of passengers in 2024. 
With a total of 42 routes on offer in the year 2022, Cork Airport is the best-connected airport serving Munster and the south of Ireland. 8 airlines are operating scheduled services from Ireland’s second largest airport and busiest airport outside of Dublin. Central to Cork Airport’s expansive route network are regular scheduled services to some of the major European hub airports – London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Zurich – with some of the largest European airlines and flag carriers.
Speaking on the visit of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, Acting Managing Director at Cork Airport, Roy O’Driscoll said: 
“On behalf of Cork Airport, I was very pleased to welcome the members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications to Cork Airport today. The members were provided with detailed updates on Cork Airport’s performance as the post-pandemic recovery continues along with an outline of growth prospects for the next number of years. Cork Airport is tremendously grateful for the support of the Department of Transport in undertaking some key infrastructural projects – most notably, the reconstruction of our main runway. As a valued member of daa Group, Cork Airport will work towards continually improving the choice and variety for passengers across our route network.”