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Cork Airport celebrates 10th anniversary of its still "new looking" terminal

Cork Airport today celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening of its terminal building, which has welcomed over 25 million passengers in the last decade.

The airport's managing director, Niall MacCarthy, enthuses: “It is a wonderful facility for the South of Ireland and still looks new even after the 10 years.

"This is a tribute to the foresight of the designers and the quality of the maintenance programme and staff since its opening 10 years ago.

“It is also heartening to mark the 10th anniversary in a year that has seen remarkable growth in new routes and capacity, new airlines and greater choice at Cork Airport firmly placing us as the largest airport in the Republic after Dublin.

"We plan to consolidate that growth with further announcements for 2017."

"We at Cork Airport are ideally situated at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, both of which are proving hugely successful with both inbound and domestic tourists."

However, MacCarthy believes the biggest win for Cork and the wider Munster region will be the addition of direct low cost transatlantic services once the logjam over the US licensing for Norwegian Air International Limited is finally resolved.

He adds: “We are hopeful that the recent intervention of the EU Transport Commissioner Violetta Bulc together with the support of the Irish Government will get this over the line”.
And the airport plans making one or two improvements to handle the expected increase in passengers.

"Although we have a fine facility here, we continue to develop our offering," he says, noting that the gateway has added a second airbridge in recent months.

The Irish gateway is about to commence construction on a new fire training ground.

“In 2017, we also plan a significant modernisation and upgrade of our food and beverage areas in the airport with much more facilities and fresh choice airside after passengers go through security," he reveals.

"Some interesting concepts are being explored now which will be in place for Summer 2017 and which I am sure passengers will greatly welcome."

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