Cork Airport, known locally as the Aerfort Chorcai, is one of the principal airports in operation in the country of Ireland. It is a public-type airport owned by the government and operated by the state-owned DAA, which also operates Dublin Airport. Cork Airport resides at an elevation of 6.5 kilometres or four miles south of Cork City, in an area known as the Farmers Cross. It is the state's second busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers after Dublin, and the third busiest on the island of Ireland after Dublin and Belfast.
Cork Airport was first agreed to be built by the Government of Ireland in 1957, when the state has finally seen the need to build an airport in County Cork. They have search for several sites, ultimately settling for Ballygarvan, where the modern site is located. It was built at a cost of one million pounds, and was officially opened on October 16, 1961.
Through the 1960s up to the 1980s, several expansions to the terminal have been made. Further, advancements in technology have been received warmly in Europe, beefing up aviation operations and increasing destinations. By the turn of the century, the airport's site, its facilities, and all its services have underwent several developments and improvements, and apart from the site, the airport seems like a new facility. Today, the airport primarily receives seasonal charters, along with a few regular flights. The airport also runs cargo services and freight operations.
Where to go
Dublin – Founded as a Viking settlement, today's Dublin is the capital and the largest city of Ireland. It is located in the province of Leinster on Ireland's east coast, near the mouth of the River Liffey. The city has an urban area population of about 1.1 million. Dublin is administered by a City Council, and has been named as an Alpha-global city. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, and economy, altogether a lovely city to visit. When in Dublin, never miss out on the Dublin Castle and the Spire of Dublin, the Mansion House, the Molly Malone Statue, the Christ Church Cathedral, the Poolbeg Towers, and many more.
Ring of Kerry – The Ring of Kerry drive encapsulates the image of Ireland on a tourist's perspective: ancient monuments, romantic castles, spectacular gardens, colourful towns, and villages. Set in a dramatic coastline, it is one of the favourite rural places of interest for travellers, with rich and lush greenery, a relaxed vibe, and a romantic aura.
From Cork Airport, travellers may explore several destinations in Europe, whether by scheduled flights or seasonal charters. Through the said airport, travellers may check out magnificent Amsterdam and its history-filled alleys, London and its royally-modern districts, the warm and pretty beaches of Malaga, or even the art-filled conurbation of Paris.
Currently, there are no long haul flights from Cork Airport. Travellers who are looking for these types of flights should head out and check the other airports in Ireland, including Shannon Airport in County Clare, and Dublin Airport in Collinstown. Dublin Airport offers flights to the Americas and Asia, while Shannon Airport has a few offerings going to the Americas.
How to get out
Cork Airport serves the immediate Cork City area with domestic and regional flights through various carriers. Airlines that travel to and from the airport include Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Air Contractors, Air Europa, Volotea, Jetairfly, Flybe, and many more.
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