Monday 25 March saw Cork Airport open a new Airport Control Centre (ACC) and purpose-built office suite following a significant investment in the Irish hub by daa.
The ACC, which features the latest technology and IT systems, will house three operational departments: Airport Police Control, Airport Duty Managers and the Airside Management Unit. Meanwhile, the Hub will accommodate 22 personnel, consolidating the airport’s management teams in one modern purpose-built facility. The open-plan office space has floor-to-ceiling images of local landmarks showcasing the Wild Atlantic Way (for which Cork Airport is the gateway).
“We are delighted to officially open our open plan office facility (the Hub) in the terminal, along with the Airport Control Centre,” said Cork Airport’s managing director, Niall MacCarthy. “As we are well and truly into our fourth consecutive year of growth, these new facilities are vital to our future growth with an anticipated 2.6 million passengers expected to travel through the airport this year, an expected increase of 8% on 2018 passenger numbers.”
MacCarthy also commented on how the investment by daa in The Hub and the new ACC will ensure the continued efficiency, safety, convenience and reliability at Cork Airport into the medium term, and added: “It also follows significant additional investment in Cork Airport’s campus roads and forecourt management technology this year and further significant investment planned for next year in security infrastructure and equipment all of which will amount to over €10m in new investment over two years.”
Speaking at the official opening, An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD said: “Cork Airport is growing and thriving and is a key component of the economy in the south of Ireland, connecting the region to 52 routes worldwide. We will see the benefits of this growth again this year throughout the south of Ireland with enhanced business connectivity and growing inbound tourism numbers.”
Both projects were completed in four months and project managed by daa with technical input from Jacobs Engineering and built by Flynn Contractors’ Cork Office.