Ireland’s fastest growing and most punctual air transport hub, Cork Airport, has been named Best Airport in Europe serving under five million passengers by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.
The awards were announced at the 29th ACI Europe annual assembly and congress, which is being held this week in Limassol, Cyprus. The event was attended by more than 400 key players from the aviation industry. Other airports shortlisted in the same category included: Torino Airport, Aberdeen International, Tallinn Airport, Limak Kosovo and London City Airport (which was highly commended). Bilbao Airport took the win in the 5-10 million passengers’ category, while Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport was declared the winner in the 10-25 million passengers’ category and Rome Fiumicino Airport was the winner in the over 25 million passengers’ category.
Speaking after the ceremony, Cork’s managing director, Niall MacCarthy (pictured on the left) said he was “really thrilled” with the award. “Anyone who uses our airport knows we pride ourselves on the smoothness and friendliness of the passenger journey. This is all down to the staff based at Cork who work round the clock 365 days of the year through good weather and bad to make that journey friendly and easy. This year we are Ireland’s most punctual and fastest growing airport with eight new routes and 10% passenger growth year to date.”
Our excellent team at Cork will continue to work really hard to deliver a great airport experience and grow connectivity further for the benefit of business and tourism in the South of Ireland.
Cork’s win was accredited to its support to passengers with disabilities, and its strong community engagement and safety and security indicators, including its drone awareness campaign. Judges also highlighted the airport’s €4 million investment in food and beverage offerings, promoting local products, its recent route network expansion; and its status as the most punctual airport in Ireland last year.