Cork Airport recorded a 5% increase in passenger numbers in January compared to the same period in 2017.
Passenger volumes to and from eastern Europe had the biggest increase, up 13.4% year-on-year, while southern Europe was up 12.5% and London increased by 1%.
“This is our third consecutive year of passenger growth during the month of January, and is a great start to the year at Cork Airport,” said Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy.
“Last year, Cork Airport served 2.3 million passengers, compared to 2.2 million in 2016, highlighting our ongoing commitment to increasing routes and connectivity. One of our biggest route additions in 2017 was Cork’s first year-round direct transatlantic service with Norwegian to Boston Providence.
"It is proving a popular route, with TF Green Airport just an hour from Boston, less than two hours from the famed Cape Cod, along with easy access to the nearby islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.”
In 2017, Cork Airport also announced significant European additions with new airline partners in Swiss, Iberia Express and Volotea.
“There is strong support across the region for Cork Airport, evident from both passenger figures recorded in January this year and throughout 2017,” added Mr MacCarthy.
“Flying passengers direct to over 40 destinations globally, Cork Airport is the international gateway for the south of Ireland, and we will continue to focus on its growth for the year ahead.”
Last month, Cork Airport revealed the addition of a new airline, with Air France to begin services out of Cork to Paris-Charles de Gaulle from May 26 until October 27.
SWISS is to expand its Cork Zurich service for 2018, more than doubling its capacity this summer from 9,000 seats to 20,140. The airline will operate three flights per week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – starting in early May and running until the end of October 2018.
Spanish carrier, Iberia Express, will expand its Cork to Madrid route by 5% this summer, operating twice weekly to the Spanish capital from June 1 to September 15.
Fellow Spanish carrier Volotea has also announced that its Cork Verona route will operate every Saturday from May 26 to August 29, with an additional flight on Wednesdays during peak season, starting June 27.