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As one of Ireland’s three main air travel hubs, Cork Airport welcomes millions of visitors every year. It offers flights to both the UK and Europe, backed by fantastic facilities and a handful of on-site airport hotels. As well as commercial flights, Cork Airport also hosts its fair share of private and business jets, commissioned by well-heeled passengers visiting Ireland’s south-west coastal region.
Flights depart from eight gates, housed in one main terminal. Prior to departing, passengers can browse the selection of airport shops, or stock up on snacks, drinks and refreshments. Staples like Red Bar, a Victorian-styled traditional Irish pub are always a favourite with thirsty travellers.
Cork Airport is located just 8 kilometres from the city centre, with access via the N27 or R600. The drive takes around 15 minutes, depending on traffic. Both short and long-term parking options are available on-site, with trains running from Kent Railway Station in Cork city. By train, the journey takes just 25 minutes.
Opened in 1961, Cork Airport was built to service the city’s increasing population. It quickly grew, with 1964 marking the arrival of its very first jet, a British Overseas Airways Corporation Comet. Over the decades it’s undergone a host of expansions and upgrades and is now one of the major gateways to Ireland and wider Europe.
Cork Airport is home to many highly-rated hotels, one of which is Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City, which has a current rating of 8.7. For other potential stays, consider Cork International Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, which can also be great places to stay near Cork Airport.