Cork and Dublin Airports Eclipse Pre-COVID Levels Again in April

Wednesday, May 10, 2023. 2:08pm
Cork and Dublin Airports Eclipse Pre-COVID Levels Again in April
  • Cork Airport numbers up +19% on 2019 – forecast for 2023 revised upwards
  • Record 2.83 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport
  • Sustainability trial results in 3x increase in recycling at Dublin Airport

April was another record month for passenger numbers at Dublin Airport, with a total of 2.83 million passengers travelling through during the month, according to airport operator, daa. The numbers passing through Dublin Airport were marginally higher (+0.7%) than the 2.81 million passengers who passed through in the previous busiest April in 2019 and up +18% from 2.39 million in April 2022. In the first four months of 2023 alone, just shy of 9.5 million passengers have passed through Dublin Airport.

At Cork Airport, the state’s second busiest airport, passenger numbers in April totalled 250,030 representing a +30% increase on April 2022 and a +19% increase on April 2019. Given the significant uplift in passenger traffic, Cork Airport has revised its 2023 passenger forecast upwards, with 2.6 million passengers expected to fly to and from Munster’s best-connected airport this year. By the end of 2023, Cork Airport will have fully recovered to pre-pandemic passenger traffic. (2019: 2.6 million)

daa CEO Kenny Jacobs said: “The resumption of key summer services at Cork Airport, including those to destinations such as Frankfurt, Germany; Dubrovnik, Croatia and a new route to Bristol, UK provides even more choice for passengers at the busiest and best-connected airport serving the South of Ireland. The resumption of these services also offers Continental European and UK holidaymakers the opportunity to directly access the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and all that Munster and the South of Ireland has to offer from Cork Airport.”

“The month of May is set to be busy too at both Dublin and Cork airports, as we see large numbers travelling for big events, including the culmination of the football season in the UK, a number of big rugby matches including the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals in Dublin, as well as the beginning of the summer concert season, with a string of big gigs set to take place starting with Bruce Springsteen this weekend.”

Cork and Dublin Airports Eclipse Pre-COVID Levels Again in April

Dublin Airport Recycling Progress

daa also reported good progress in its efforts to make its airports more sustainable. A trial of new waste segregation methods in a select number of security lanes during the first quarter of 2023 resulted in a three-fold increase in the amount of recycling. The trial proving so successful that the new procedures have now been extended to all security screening lanes in Terminal 1.

Passenger Advice For Summer

Passengers travelling from Cork Airport are advised to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight is due to depart.

Passengers travelling out of Dublin Airport over the coming weeks and months are advised to be in their terminal two hours prior to a short-haul flight and three hours before a long-haul departure. 

Anyone travelling this summer should be aware of the worsening French Air Traffic Control situation and potential for continuing industrial action. This could generate delays that impact passengers departing Irish airports to destinations in France and on flights that need to cross French air space.

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