Showing posts with label Cork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cork. Show all posts

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Cork Airport - WOW air.

Cork Airport is flying high after  announcing that the Icelandic low cost operator WOW air, a new airline to the region, is to commence a new Cork – Reykjavik service next year.
WOW’s new year-round service will also bring low-cost transatlantic connections from Cork to eight key destinations across the US and Canada.
WOW air’s one-way air fares to Reykjavik will start at €59.99 each way including taxes and charges. The airline will also provide easy and affordable access from Cork to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC, with fares starting as low as €149 each way.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cork Airport - Passenger Forecast

Cork Airport adds two new UK routes; forecasts 8pc growth in 2016 - 2.2m passengers for 2016
Aer Lingus Regional is to base a third aircraft at Cork, and will fly direct to Southampton and Leeds Bradford in 2016.

The airline, operated by Stobart Air, will launch the UK services next summer, adding to a wave of new route announcements at the airport.
It will also base a third aircraft at Cork, and increase capacity on existing routes to Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle, it said.
Cork's passenger numbers are down some 35pc since 2008, but several new route announcements have led to optimism at the country's second-busiest airport.
"Today’s news is further evidence that Cork Airport is now well on track to return to annualised growth next year," said its Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy.
The airport is forecasting growth of 8pc in 2016 - a figure which, if achieved, would deliver 2.2 million passengers (up from 2.14m in 2014).
New services to Boston and Barcelona (Norwegian), Dusseldorf (Aer Lingus), Madrid (Iberia Express) and Menorca, Nantes and La Rochelle (CityJet) have all been announced for 2016 in recent weeks.
Aer Lingus has also increased capacity on several services for 2016, with Aer Lingus Regional expected to carry 335,000 passengers next year - up 22pc.
The Port of Cork welcomed the new route to/from Southampton, which will offer passengers a direct link to the UK's main cruise hub.
Meanwhile, Dave Lees, Managing Director of Southampton Airport, said Cork was "the most requested unserved route in Ireland" from the city.
The Cork to Southampton route will operate five times weekly, with three weekly services on the Leeds Bradford route.
Seats for the UK routes start from €24.99 on aerlingus.com.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cork Airport - Marketing Award

Cork - Cork Airport has been shortlisted for a global marketing award.

The World Routes Marketing Awards are for the best and most effective marketing in route development within the aviation industry.

Cork Airport has announced three new routes this year, London City, Cardiff and Dusseldorf, as well as two new airlines, CityJet and Flybe.
The winner will be announced on September 21 at the World Routes ceremony in Durban, South Africa.

"We have had a number of new route announcements already this year with the addition of three new routes, London City, Cardiff and Dusseldorf as well as the addition of two new airlines, CityJet and Flybe," said Cork Airport head of communications Kevin Cullinane.

"The Aviation Marketing Team has been working tirelessly to attract new routes and we are determined to build on our recent successes.

"We are very proud of the new routes we’ve secured to our schedule of over 50 direct services.

"Liaising with key tourism stakeholders both locally and in the destination markets as well as the respective airports at the other end of the new routes has been crucial to landing the new routes for Cork Airport."

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Airport - Boarding Cards

Airports - Passengers not obliged to show boarding cards in airport shops. Industry sources warn prices may rise if boarding cards are not shown

Retailers operating in Dubin Airport have said consumers do not have to show boarding passes when making purchases but sources say a widespread failure to produce them would ultimately lead to prices rising.

WH Smith, which operates several concessions in the airport, said boarding passes “were requested from customers and not demanded” and there was no obligation on the part of consumers to comply with the request.

Similarly the DAA, the company that manages the shops at Dublin and Cork airports, said it asked all customers for boarding passes but would only insist they were produced when customers were attempting to buy duty-free products such as tobacco and alcohol.

A DAA spokesman said passengers were routinely asked for boarding cards and if they refused, they were asked to supply an end destination. If they refused to provide this, the sale could still be processed as long as the products were not in the duty-free category.

The retailers were responding as a controversy grows in the UK over reports that many retailers who operate in international airports are maximising their profits by scanning boarding passes and using the information to claim VAT back from passengers who travel outside of the EU while refusing to pass rebates back to customers.

Under EU law retailers can claim back VAT on sales to those leaving the EU but they have to process boarding cards in order to claim it.

Around 20 per cent of passengers who fly through Dublin Airport are travelling to destinations outside the EU. However with the exception of duty-free areas, the savings are not passed directly on to them.

Airport sources in Ireland said that if this consumer movement gathered momentum in the Republic than prices would inevitably climb.

“If a large number of VAT rebates could not be processed then that would hit retailers profits and their ability to pass on savings to consumers. So ultimately it would see charges rise for all passengers.”

The DAA said shops run by its subsidiary Aer Rianta International (ARI) “offer a single price to all customers across many product categories, whether they are travelling to a duty paid or to a duty-free destination. In this way, we pass on VAT savings for duty-free passengers to all of our customers.”

It said it had two separate prices for alcohol products – duty paid and duty free – and also sells premium liquor brands at a reduced, fixed price for travellers to all destinations. It claimed that prices on many product ranges were as much as 20 per cent below those charged in non-airport shops.

“Boarding cards are scanned by ARI for a number of reasons. These include checking whether a passenger is travelling to a duty-free or duty-paid destination and understanding passenger spending patterns,” it said. “We use this information in conjunction with other market research to improve the retail offer in our stores, and to help plan staffing levels.”

When contacted by The Irish Times WH Smith said that boarding passes were requested from passengers but not demanded. “Any [VAT] relief obtained is reflected in our single price and extensive promotional offers provided to all of our customers,” it said. “Operational and financial system constraints make any form of ‘dual pricing’ for our extensive product file a practical impossibility.”

Meanwhile, the Competition and Consumers Protection Commission has urged retailers operating in Irish airports “to be very clear with their customers as to the circumstances where they collect VAT on behalf of the State or where VAT is not charged”.

A spokeswoman also said “consumers should also be advised of the reasons why boarding cards are requested when making purchases in Irish airports. This information will allow consumers to make an informed decision and decide if they wish to make purchases from the retailers operating in Irish airports.”


Irish Times
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cork Airport - Future Surveys

Cork - It is hoped Cork Airport will be included in future surveys regarding growth among European airports.

It comes after it was excluded from a recent report by a European air trade body which showed that Dublin was one of the fastest growing airports in Europe.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cork Airport - Coveney rules out debt deal

CORK - Coveney rules out debt deal for Cork Airport. Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has ruled out a deal on Cork Airports debt despite the impending loss of another service.

The Irish Examiner has learned that the airport is poised to lose its last air freight service in June, prompting criticism from a Fine Gael MEP that the airport was ignored in a government submission to an EU strategic investment fund.
The latest blow came weeks after the airport announced three new routes, to Cardiff, Ibiza and Prague.
However, FedEx, the airport’s last existing freight operator, confirmed it was moving its business to Shannon Airport, which has hoovered up almost 120,000 passengers from Cork through Ryanair route switches in the last 12 months.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cork Airport - Ryanair cuts possible..

Concerns have been raised about Ryanairs 2015 summer schedule out of Cork Airport amid fears that 23,000 seats could be lost.
Several of the routes it planned to operate next summer — to Milan, Carcassonne, Barcelona, Girona, Alicante, and Pisa — are not available to book on its website for August 2015, and the airline’s Cork to Bordeaux route is not available to book for the entire summer 2015 season.

It has sparked fears that some of routes will only operate for a nine-week period in June and July, resulting in a further decline in the airport’s passenger figures.

The routes were among 18 announced out of Cork early last month by Ryanair.

Aviation sources said it is unusual that the routes are not bookable two months after that announcement.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cork Airport - Give 10m to Compete

CORK Airport is not operating on a level playing field when it comes to securing new routes or maintaining existing ones, Cork Chamber has said.
Following the loss of the Brussels flight this winter the business representative body said Cork should be provided with an annual grant of approximately €10m to allow it to offer the same type of deals that Shannon Airport can to attract new routes.
When Shannon Airport was made independent two years ago more than €100m in debt was written down by the Government.
It has allowed the airport to offer new airlines zero charges on an ongoing basis while Cork can only do so on a sliding scale over five years with zero charges in year one increasing to full charges in year five.

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Cork Airport - Flights Cut

Aer Lingus confirmed it is suspending the Cork to Brussels service for the winter from October 27. It had operated twice per week last winter. The Cork to Munich service has been reduced from two flights per week to one, from December 20 until the end of March, when it will revert to two per week.
The Cork to Malaga service has reduced from three flights per week to two per week between November-March when it will revert to three per week.
Cork MEP Deirdre Clune said the Aer Lingus decision was a disappointing blow as it was important for Cork to have a direct connection with the European capital.
“Cork Airport has been working hard providing incentives and marketing the region so this decision is unfortunate,” she said.
“It underlines the importance of Cork’s connections with London and Amsterdam. They are becoming more important as hubs for Cork travellers.”
Cork TD Jerry Buttimer urged the new Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe to hold an urgent meeting with Cork Airport management so that the Minister can be made aware of challenges and opportunities facing Cork Airport.
The news comes as Ryanair unveiled a new business service for its passengers giving flexibility on ticket changes, an increased baggage allowance and priority boarding as part of their ongoing campaign to improve their image.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cork Airport - raise money for cystic fibrosis

One of the happiest places to be in Ireland in July is the airport – it usually means holidays but the staff and passengers at Cork airport are REALLY happy.

Not only is the video for a good cause, it also gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of the mysterious luggage belt.

Cork Airport produced the video to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, one of the airport’s charity partners for 2014.
Cork Airport Happy Video Pharrell Williams
Ireland has the highest proportion of Cystic Fibrosis in the world, over 1,100 people in Ireland have the condition.

The video, which was shot at Cork Airport features airport staff and passengers dancing to the smash hit ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.

Given the happy staff, it’s no surprise that Cork Airport was ranked as the world’s best regional airport for customer service by both business and leisure travellers.

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Cork Airport - Malayian switches flights

Friends, family and work colleagues of two Cork-based Malaysian chefs feared the men had died in Thursday’s doomed MH17 flight — only to get confirmation almost 24 hours later that the two men had actually travelled home to Kuala Lumpur on a different carrier.
Zul 33, and Ujang 38, who work at the Ramen restaurant on Anglesea St in Cork City, had travelled to Dublin early on Thursday morning to get a flight home.
Their families — the two men have eight children between them — had already flown to Malaysia but Zul and Ujang had remained in Cork to help train staff for a new restaurant outlet in Dennehy’s Cross. Zul, a chef at Ramen restaurant in  Cork, who switched flights from the ill-fated MH17.
The usual route home the men would have taken — and which was used by their families — was the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airways flight. The owner of Ramen, Dave Dwyer, presumed that was how his chefs were travelling this time.
Therefore when news broke at 4.50pm that the plane had been shot down, he feared the worst and realised he needed to get to Zul’s brother who also worked in the restaurant.
“I went straight to Anglesea St, went in and said: “Eddie (Zul’s brother) we need to talk”. I felt like a garda calling to a door. We spoke three times and he listened to the radio. He was blank with shock. He said to me, ‘I have got a huge fright’,”

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cork Airport - Cost too high

The Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has stated that new government legislation provides a mechanism for Cork Airport to become independent.

However, Mr Varadkar said that if Cork Airport secured its independence now, the airport “would immediately be loss-making”.

Speaking during a Seanad debate on the State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014, Mr Varadkar said: “Unlike Shannon Airport, Cork Airport’s operating costs substantially exceed its revenues. To operate on a commercial basis it would require significant redundancies and or pay cuts, which nobody is proposing.”

Mr Varadkar said that while it is not the right time for Cork to become independent “it could be done when the time is right, and this legislation allows a mechanism for it”.

The Transport Minister said that independence for Cork “is not right for the DAA now because it carries a debt of €200m as a result of the new terminal”.

He added: “If this debt stayed with Cork Airport it would crush Cork while if it stayed with the DAA it would severely damage its balance sheet at a time when it needs to deal with pension issues.”

Figures for 2013 show that passenger numbers declined by 3.5% to 2.3m.

Mr Varadkar stated: “We need more people to visit Cork. Unfortunately, it is largely an outbound airport.”

He pointed out that the DAA established the Cork Airport Development Council at his request and it had its first meeting in March. “Its remit is to pull the interests of the region together, try to develop the airport and give people more reasons to visit the region and use the airport.”

Cork economist, Dr Seán Barrett told the minister that he supported his decision in relation to Shannon “so, why can Cork not have its independence?”

“I do not like the idea of the airport run as a colony of Dublin,” he said.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Cork Airport - Annual report

Cork Airport is unlikely to meet its previously stated target of breaking even, on a cash basis, by the end of this year, but its owners remain "focused" on returning the airport to growth.

The latest annual report and accounts from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) — published yesterday — show that passenger traffic at Cork Airport declined by 3.5% to 2.3m people in 2013.
This was largely down to a general weakening in traffic on routes to Britain, but was also affected by Hungarian carrier Wizz Air — which had operated six routes from Cork to destinations in Poland and Lithuania — ceasing its operations from the airport due to competitive pressures.

Speaking at yesterday’s results announcement — which showed a 6% rise to 20.2m in passengers at Dublin Airport — DAA chief Kevin Toland said the company remains focused on “stabilising and growing passenger numbers at Cork Airport”.

He added that achieving growth at the airport, is “a key priority” for the DAA.

While Cork is still loss-making, those losses have reduced, largely thanks to a business improvement plan implemented last year.

A new €100,000 advertising campaign, promoting the airport across the Munster region, has been launched and the DAA is hopeful of re-instating some form of a Cork-Dublin link, as previously provided by Aer Arann and Ryanair.

The DAA’s annual report also showed that the company’s core profit fell by 7% to €26m last year, mainly due to the group’s Aer Rianta International (ARI) overseas retail business exiting from Russia and the Ukraine.

Transfer passengers, through Dublin Airport, jumped by 36% last year to 548,000 people and have increased by a further 30% so far this year.

That positive movement has elevated Dublin into the top tier of European airports for flights to North America, and the authority is aiming to grow transfer traffic through Dublin to about two million passengers per year “in the near term”.

Irish Examiner

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Cork Airport - Celebs Arrive

CELEBRITY TV star Kim Kardashian and music star Kanye West have jetted into Ireland for a secret honeymoon after their Italian wedding.

The couple - known as Kimye - arrived by private jet at Cork Airport at 3pm today and were met by a fleet of Mercedes limousines. They were whisked off for a five day honeymoon at an undisclosed location.

It is believed the couple will holiday at a luxury private estate in Munster.

However, they are also expected to spend at least a day in Dublin - and will tour some of Ireland's most famous tourist attractions.

The couple were accompanied by their personal assistants and bodyguards and are expected to remain in Ireland until Friday when they are expected to jet back to the US.

The private jet flew into Cork from Florence where the couple had gotten married on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Cork Airport - Summer Schedule

Cork Airport is delighted to announce details of its summer 2014 schedule which is on sale now. A massive two million seats are available this summer on over 50 direct  services to destinations across the UK and Europe with Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional operated by Stobart Air, Ryanair and Ireland’s leading Tour Operators including Concorde, Croatia Tours, Direct Holidays, Falcon, Sunway, Thomas Cook, Travelfox, The Travel Department, Topflight and Wings Abroad.

Passengers can fly direct from Cork Airport and enjoy a myriad of sun destinations including the beaches of Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria in The Canary Islands, Alicante, Barcelona or Malaga in Spain, Faro or Lisbon in Portugal, Nice in the south of France, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Izmir in Turkey or enjoy the spectacular scenery of Verona in Italy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cork Airport - Revenue seizes Cigs.

The Customs service announced it had seized a large quantity of cigarettes at Cork airport and that two people were arrested. A spokesman said that as a result of routine profiling, officers from Revenue’s Customs service at the airport seized 120,000 cigarettes with a retail value of €56,886 and potential loss to the exchequer of €43,770. The cigarettes were discovered in 12 suitcases, when officers stopped and searched four males as they disembarked from a flight that had arrived from Poland. Two Polish nationals in their 20s arrested by officers appeared at Cork District Court yesterday and two were remanded in custody. Irish Times Airport Parking Ireland

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cork Airport - Google Indoor View

Cork Airport has become the first airport in Ireland to make Google Indoor Street View feature on Maps available for all public areas of the airport.

The feature makes it possible for passengers to take a virtual tour of the inside of the Cork Airport terminal building.

The Google Indoor Streetview of Cork Airport uses over 840 stitched images, allows passengers to explore the check-in areas, departure and arrivals halls, shops and restaurants before they even get to the airport. Once they are inside the airport, passengers are able to instantly identify where they are and navigate their way around.
Cork Airport reveals arrival of Google Indoor Street View feature
The launch of the new Google Maps service is one of two significant digital initiatives to further improve the passenger experience at Cork Airport, as the airport has also launched a new free iPhone and Android App, which is the essential guide to the full range of services at the airport.

The new Cork Airport App, developed by Cork Airport in tandem with Irish web design company FeedHenry, includes features such as live arrivals and departures information, car park booking, integrated maps and details of all of the retail and catering outlets within the terminal. The app also includes links to airport shopping services with all the latest offers from The Loop. It provides current weather details at Cork Airport, as well as live weather reports for all destinations.
Digital initiatives

“As part of Cork Airport’s ongoing commitment to providing world-class customer service we are continually striving to innovate and improve the passenger experience,” Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy explained.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cork Airport - Security Upgrade

Cork Airport has upgraded its baggage security screening system, implemented new screening technology for liquids and gels, and redeveloped the screening and airside vehicle access point for general aviation and private aircraft passengers.

The work, which began in January 2013 and was completed last month, forms part of a €3m redevelopment plan. It is estimated the total cost of the security component of the plan was €2.4m.
Cork Airport beefs up security technology as part of €3m upgrade
The upgrade of the baggage security screening system ensures Cork Airport continues to comply with the latest EU standards, while the new security screening units improve the overall imaging and detection quality.

As part of the upgrade, Cork Airport also introduced new screening technology for liquids and gels that will improve the overall resilience of the security system.

The customer service desk in the main airport concourse has also been expanded to improve visibility for passengers.

Cork Airport has also improved a number of areas for its airline customers and ground handling operators. The airport’s airside vehicle access point has been relocated and reinforced with new gates and a higher security fence.

The staff screening point has also been relocated to this area to promote efficiency and improve overall airside security at the airport.

“This significant €3m investment in Cork Airport will help us to continue to provide an award-winning passenger experience at the airport,” Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy said.

“A long-term perspective view is essential in the airport business and these improvements ensure that Cork Airport’s systems continue to be safe, secure and provide a best-in-class service to the 2.3m passengers who use our airport annually.”

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Cork Airport - Passanger 10m

Cork Airport and Ryanair were celebrating as Ryanair’s 10 millionth passenger boarded at Cork Airport. To mark the occasion, Ryanair presented the 10 millionth passenger, Cork native Sinead Hurley, with a pair of return flights to Tenerife.

Cork Airport has operated Ryanair routes from the airport for 26 years with the airline initially operating a route to London Stansted. Passengers in the South West can jet off to a choice of 21 exciting destinations from Cork Airport.

Commenting on Ryanair’s milestone passenger figures, Cork Airport Managing Director, Niall Mac Carthy said, “I am delighted to welcome Ryanair’s 10 millionth Passenger through Cork Airport at the start of a new year and am excited to be looking forward to building on this significant milestone over the next 12 months.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cork Airport - Crash Lessons

January 30, 2014 - European pilots welcome the comprehensive accident investigation report on the 2011 accident at Cork Airport, which took the lives of 6 people, including both pilots.

The investigation identifies not only a probable cause of the accident but looks beneath the surface and uncovers some fundamental failings in Europe’s aviation safety environment.

On February 10, 2011 a Fairchild SA 227-BC Metro III (ECITP) departed Belfast City (EGAC) Ireland for Cork Airport (EICK) with two flight crew and ten passengers. Upon its third attempt to land under low visibility at Cork the twin turboprop aircraft crashed on the runway killing its flight crew and six passengers.

After an in-depth investigation, the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) identified loss of control during an attempted go-around as the probable cause of the fatal accident. Along with that, it points at several significant contributing factors such as superficial oversight by aviation authorities, breach of existing aviation regulation by operators and company owners, insufficient pilot training, pilot fatigue and other operational and organizational deficiencies.