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A Guide To Cork Airport

A Guide To Cork Airport

Cork Airport is the third busiest of the airports in Ireland after Dublin and Shannon.

Opened in 1961, Cork Airport offers a variety of domestic and international flights, serving as a significant gateway to Munster.

It’s located around a 20-minute spin from Cork City Centre. Below, you’ll find everything you need-to-know.

Some quick need-to-knows about Cork Airport

Although a visit to Cork Airport is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.

1. Location

Cork Airport is located on the Kinsale road around a 20-minute drive from the city centre. You’ll reach Kinsale in 25 minutes and Blarney Castle in 30.

2. Parking

The airport offers both short-term and long-term parking facilities. The short-term car park is located close to the terminal, while the long-term parking lot offers a complimentary shuttle service.

3. Amenities

There’s plenty of places to eat before and after you check-in at Cork Airport, like AMT Coffee, Craft Lane Restaurant & Bar, Food Republic and Lemon Pepper.

4. Airlines 

Ryanair, Aerlingus, KLM, Air France and Swiss Air all operate flights in/out of Cork Airport.

What to know about arriving in/leaving from Cork Airport

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Arriving in and out of Cork Airport is fairly easy in comparison to the likes of Dublin Airport.

However, it’s worth taking note of the below before you fly.


Passengers are recommended to check in at least 120 minutes before their flight’s scheduled departure time at Cork Airport.


All of the usual rules (see here) apply when going through security at Cork Airport. The restrictions on liquids and all of the obvious stuff applies here.

Special assistance

If you need special assistance during your visit to Cork Airport, you need to let them know 48 hours in advance,


The airport is serviced by taxis, buses, and car rental services for seamless transfers to and from the airport.

A brief history of Cork Airport

Cork Airport’s opening in 1961 brought about a new era in the South of Ireland’s connectivity with the rest of the world.

The initial single runway and passenger terminal have seen expansions and upgrades over the decades.

In 2006, a new terminal building was unveiled to cater to the increasing passenger numbers.

The airport serves as a significant economic driver for the region, continually adding new routes and services.

Despite challenges such as the economic recession and everything that took place between 2020 and 2023, Cork Airport has displayed resilience, maintaining a diverse array of flight routes and excellent passenger service.

Things to do near Cork Airport

The Blarney Stone

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One of the beauties of Cork Airport is that it’s a short spin away from many of the best places to visit in Cork.

Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Cork Airport.

1. Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol is a striking castle-like building. It was once a prison but it now serves as a museum that offers insight into 19th-century prison life.

2. Blarney Castle and Gardens

This historic Blarney Castle is home to the legendary Blarney Stone. It’s said those who kiss the stone are endowed with the gift of the gab.

3. English Market

This covered market dating back to 1788 is a foodie’s paradise with a range of local and exotic produce.

4. Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is a fun-filled family attraction featuring a wide variety of animals just outside of the charming town of Cobh.

FAQs about Cork Airport

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Is it better to fly from Cork or Kerry?’ to ‘Which airlines operate from it?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

How early should I arrive at the airport before my flight?

It’s recommended to arrive at least 120 minutes before your flight’s scheduled departure time.

What facilities are available for passengers with reduced mobility?

Cork Airport provides a range of services, including wheelchair assistance, mobility aids, and accessible restrooms.

Are there dining options in the airport?

Yes, the airport features several eateries, like AMT Coffee, Craft Lane Restaurant & Bar, Food Republic and Lemon Pepper.

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