191,000 passengers took flights to and from Cork Airport last month, a 14% increase from November 2022.

According to new data released by airport operator DAA, nearly 2.2 million passengers arrived at Dublin Airport in November, a 4% increase over the same month the previous year. Dublin Airport served 102,000 more transfer and transit travellers in the course of the month.

On Sunday, November 5, the last day of the midterm school holidays, nearly 10,000 people took flights to and from Cork Airport and nearly 98,000 people passed through Dublin Airport, making it the busiest travel day at the State's two busiest airports in November.

95% of travellers at Dublin Airport in November completed the security check in less than 15 minutes, and nearly all of them (99%) finished in less than 20 minutes. Passengers at Cork Airport also benefited from a quick security screening procedure, with 97% passing through in less than 15 minutes and 99% in less than 20 minutes.

"December will be a very busy and important month for us at our Irish airports in Dublin and Cork as we facilitate the journeys of millions of passengers coming home for Christmas," stated DAA Chief Executive Kenny Jacobs.

Additionally, a new infrastructure application that would allow Dublin Airport to expand beyond the current 32 million passenger cap will be submitted to Fingal County Council in mid-December. As things stand, that application will probably take a minimum of two years to be approved, which means Dublin Airport's growth will be halted in 2024 and 2025.

“Cork Airport will experience it’s busiest year for international traffic in the airports 62-year history, with a total of 2.75 million passengers anticipated for 2023 in total. That is 22 per cent growth in the space of 12 months.

The significant growth of passenger numbers at Cork Airport is due to the increasing number of destinations at the busiest airport serving the South of Ireland. Cork Airport remains the most popular choice for passengers from across Munster and South Leinster with a friendly airport experience, conveniently located car parking and really quick security queues.”