Cork Airport has again topped the punctuality league among Irish international airports, according to research from aviation analysts firm OAG.
According to the findings, Cork retained its position as Ireland’s most punctual airport in 2019 with an on-time performance of 83.7%.
In total 2.6m passengers passed through Cork Airport last year, with the airport increasing the punctuality of its service in 2019 by 3.5% on its 2018 figures.
The OAG table also gave Cork a lead of 4.9% over its nearest competitor, Belfast International Airport, in the punctuality league.
The news comes as Cork enters its fifth consecutive year of growth with passenger numbers to grow by 5% to 2.7m passengers in 2020.
Speaking on the research, Managing Director of Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy, said: “Punctuality measures the entire performance of the flights in airports. There is nothing more annoying for passengers than experiencing delays on flights. Business people especially dislike airport delays.
“We put a lot of time into our processes to ensure Cork Airport delivers on punctuality. What does this mean to us? It means we can confidently say to prospective passengers, ‘your flight is more likely to take off and arrive on time in Cork Airport than in any other airport on the island of Ireland’. That is a huge selling point for us.”
Two new routes have been announced for Cork Airport for 2020, with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ new daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol starting from 30th March. Ryanair has also announced a direct flight to the Croatian coastal city of Zadar, commencing in April 2020.