Cork Airport are celebrating this week after it was announced passenger numbers increased by 8% in 2016 year compared with the previous year.
This represents an increase in passenger numbers from 2.07m in 2015 to over 2.23m in 2016. The increase comes on the back of a year which saw a positive reverse in the fortunes of the airport including the addition of nine new routes and three new airlines at the airport.
While this growth was experienced across all markets, the biggest increases in passenger growth were on routes to and from Spain and Portugal which experienced significant increases of 13.5% and 35.5% respectively while UK routes saw an increase of 7%.
Germany saw an impressive increase of 75% in passenger growth, attributed to the addition of a new Dusseldorf service as well as the strong performance of the German inbound market.
Cork Airport is already celebrating the start of 2017 following the announcement that Aer Lingus Regional is to operate a new service to Newquay Cornwall for the summer season.
Commenting on the results, Head of Communications at Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane said, "We are very pleased with our overall performance last year. We have been working hard over recent years implementing our return to growth strategy and we saw the first fruits of this work in 2016. Central to our strategy is attracting new routes and new airlines while building frequencies and capacity on existing services, which we did with great success in 2016."