Cork Airport is on target to outperform all other Irish airports in terms of growth in 2019, according to a note from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

The briefing note, seen by Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune, says that the airport will achieve its fourth consecutive year of growth in 2019, with traffic forecasted to reach 2.6m passengers for the year – up 8% on 2018.

According to the DAA report this performance was achieved by an empowered local management, operating within the DAA group, growing inbound tourism numbers through co-operative marketing campaigns with Tourism Ireland in key source markets such as Great Britain, the USA, France and Germany. They also note that stakeholder engagement, including that of the Cork Airport Development Council, has resulted in significant airline and new route wins as well as capacity increases in recent years.

The report went on to say that the outlook at Cork Airport for 2019 remains positive and management’s focus continues to be on driving passenger numbers, by working closely with both existing airlines and future potential airlines.

Deirdre Clune said: “Passenger numbers at Cork Airport are up 16% in the past three years and the airport has seen an increase of six new scheduled airlines since 2015 as well as the introduction of its first direct transatlantic route. It is great to see that Cork Airport was the fastest growing airport in Ireland in January 2019 and plans to outperform all other airports in Ireland in 2019.”

“The recent news that Cork Airport was Ireland’s most punctual airport last year with the highest level of customer service has be be commended.”

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