Other Major reasons to serve this airport
- Cork Airport is the international gateway to the South of Ireland and Republic of Ireland’s second busiest Airport after Dublin with over 2.3 million passengers in 2017.
- Cork Airport is growing (+3.5% in 2017)
- Cork is Ireland’s second largest centre of population: 209,000 people in Cork City urban area and 1.16m people in catchment area
- Irish and local economy is fast growing with strong growth in foreign investment (over 150 overseas companies are based in Cork)
- Strong increase in overseas visitors to Ireland (+4% in 2017)
- Cork Airport is the gateway to a major touristic region in Ireland and starting point to Ireland’s two core tourist propositions
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Cork Airport is committed to developing business in partnership with our customers and we believe we can provide airlines and tour operators with the opportunity to grow their business profitably with confidence at Cork Airport.
Opportunities at Cork Airport
Cork Airport has for many years been to the forefront in sharing opportunities with airlines and encouraging new routes into Cork. We have generous new route support schemes and commensurate marketing support to share the risks with our airline partners.
Market Research and Statistics
Aviation Marketing conducts an extensive and continuous market research programme at Cork Airport which provides a detailed analysis of the type of passengers using the airport. An independent research company carries out this research on our behalf. Each year almost 5,000 departing passengers are surveyed covering topics such as residency, nationality and purpose of journey. This information and bespoke market analysis is available to our existing airline customers and potential new airlines.
New Route Support
Cork Airport has very extensive route support schemes for new routes and marketing support is also available to help in the formative years of launching any new routes.
Route support schemes:
Cork Airport has very extensive route support schemes for new long haul, short haul and seasonal routes.
- Short haul routes discount: 100% year 1, 80% year 2, 60% year 3, 40% year 4, 20% year 5
- Long haul routes discount: 100% year 1, 90% year 2, 75% year 3, 50% year 4, 25% year 5
- Seasonal routes discount: 100% year 1, 60% year 2, 20% year 3
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Cork Airport provides marketing support and is willing to arrange collaborative funding from partners (“Airport Stakeholders”) in the region to fully support new routes. That support, aided by a team of people willing to guide new airlines in the Irish market, will be available to help deliver the best opportunity for a successful and sustainable launch.
If you wish to find out more about the market potential at Cork Airport, please contact the Aviation Marketing Team at Cork Airport:
Catchment and demographics
- Republic of Ireland’s second largest centre of population
- 209,000 people in Cork City urban area and 1.16m people in catchment area
- Catchment area represents 24% of the population of the Republic of Ireland
- Population of the catchment area grew by 2.9% from 2011 to 2016
- Large international population and multi-lingual workforce with over 130,000 Non-Irish people in the catchment area
- University city with over 35,000 students
- Ireland is on track to be one of the fastest growing economies in Europe for the fourth year running in 2017
- Unemployment dropped to 5.1%, its lowest since 2008
- Strong international location for FDI investment & re-investment
- Headquarters for a wide range of multi-national companies are located in Cork specialising in areas such as Life Sciences, International Services and Information & Communication Technologies
- Over 150 overseas companies (34,000 employees) specialising in areas such as Life Sciences, International Services and Technologies
- Strong increase by +36% in employment (9,000 jobs created by overseas companies in Cork since 2011)
Multinational companies operating in Cork include:
- Life Sciences: Boston Scientific, DePuy, Stryker, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Merck Millipore, GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, MSD, Gilead, Novartis, Biomarin, Janssen
- International Services: Amazon, Starwood, Clearstream, BNY Mellon, Citco, RCI, Marriott, DeCare Dental, PGi, Mercer, Avery Dennison, HedgeServ
- Technologies: Apple, Dell EMC, VMWare, Sanmina, Alps, Blizzard, Dell, Intel Security, Flex, Trend Micro, Tyco, IBM, Qualcomm, SolarWinds, Logitech, EMC, Netgear
- Overseas visitors to Ireland grew by 4% to 9.9 million visitors in 2017. Main markets are Great Britain (3.7m visitors / -5%), USA & Canada (2.1m visitors / +16%), Germany (0.7m visitors / +4%), France (0.5m visitors / +3%), Italy (0.4m visitors / +6%), Australia & New Zealand (0.2m visitors / +2%), Other Europe (1.9m visitors / +6%) and Other Countries (0.4m visitors / +19%).
- Museums and historic buildings: Variety of attractions like English Market and Blarney Castle
- Whiskey: Several distilleries including Jameson Experience
- Golf: A wide range of golf courses including world-famous Old Head Of Kinsale golf course
- Food: Cork is considered as Ireland’s food capital
Cork is the starting point to Ireland’s core tourist propositions – Wild Atlantic Way:
2,500 km long coast route to experience the unique scenery stretching from Cork along the Atlantic coast to Donegal
Cork is the starting point to Ireland’s core tourist propositions – Ireland’s Ancient East:
Touring region to experience 5,000 years of history and heritage stretching from Cork to the North East of Ireland
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Cork Airport is the international gateway to the South of Ireland. The airport is the Republic of Ireland’s second busiest Airport after Dublin with over 2.3 million passengers in 2017. Cork Airport is part of the daa Group (Dublin Airport and Cork Airport).
- Terminal capacity up to 4 million passengers per year
- Runway length: 2,133m
- Open 24/7 364 days
- 28 check-in desks and 8 departure gates
- 18 aircraft parking stands
- Modern infrastructure: investment in a new terminal building (opened 2006), additional air bridge (2016), multi-storey car park, fire station, dual carriageway roads
- Only 8km away from Cork city center
- Excellent transport links (road network and public transport)
- 9 airlines: Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Stobart Air, Iberia Express, Flybe, Norwegian, Swiss, Volotea and Air France
- 11 countries served: France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States
- 38 destinations served:
United Kingdom: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay and Southampton
Western Europe: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Düsseldorf, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rennes and Zurich
Southern Europe: Alicante, Barcelona, Bergamo, Faro, Girona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Tenerife-South and Verona
Eastern Europe: Gdansk and Wroclaw
North America: Providence
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- 2.3m passengers travelled though Cork Airport in 2017 (+3.5%)
- Traffic per region in 2017: 38% London, 18% Other UK, 25% Southern Europe, 15% Western Europe, 3% Eastern Europe and 1% Transatlantic
- Best Airport in Europe under 5 million passengers at the 13th ACI Europe Awards (2017)
- Highly commended at the World Routes Marketing Awards (2015 & 2016)
- Awarded best in Ireland for aviation customer service at the Irish Aviation Awards (2014)