In 2023, Cork Airport handled 2.8 million passengers, making it the busiest year for foreign travel.
In contrast, Dublin Airport handled nearly 32 million passengers last year, staying inside its 32 million passenger maximum for both terminals.
The operator of both airports, DAA, has released new numbers showing that in 2023, approximately 35 million people passed through Ireland’s busiest airports.
Dublin Airport handled approximately 242,000 flights last year, while Cork Airport handled only 20,000.
“2023 was a very solid year for both Dublin Airport and Cork Airport as our hard-working teams ensured a consistently smooth and positive experience for all passengers who travelled through both airports,” Chief Executive Kenny Jacobs of the DAA said.
In 2022, Cork Airport handled 2.24 million passengers, a 25 percent increase from the previous year.
According to Mr. Jacobs, Cork Airport is expanding at the quickest rate in Ireland. From the perspective of traffic development, Cork’s advantageous location is proving to be quite appealing.
Cork Airport has experienced significant development as a result of the inclusion of five new summer routes and four new winter routes. These new routes were added in direct response to the demand for new and attractive destinations in Munster and south Leinster, the speaker continued.
Cork Airport’s European hub services, including London Heathrow with Aer Lingus, Amsterdam with Aer Lingus and KLM, and Paris Charles de Gaulle with Air France, were the primary growth drivers for the airport last year.
However, with 121,000 people passing through the airport on Sunday, July 30, 2023, it was the busiest day at Dublin Airport.
“From the arrival of US President Joe Biden and Air Force One in April to the departure and arrival home of the Irish women’s football team and the men’s rugby team to and from their respective world cups during the summer, it was a year full of highlights at Dublin Airport,” Mr. Jacobs stated.