Summer travel back on track as Irish airports see surge in passengers

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Airports return to pre-Covid numbers

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For Cork passengers, Malaga, Lanzarote, Reus, Alicante and Valencia are expected to remain popular. Cork recently added a new Ryanair route to Seville, bringing to 10 the number of Spanish destinations available direct from Cork Airport.

Dublin Airport is also promising improved standards inside the terminals, with security screening currently meeting targets of getting at least 90 per cent of passengers through in under 20 minutes. The airport has also increased the number of seats available at gates, improved food and drink offerings in both terminals, and focused more on cleanliness.

The improvements come as the airports return to pre-Covid passenger numbers and tourism rebounded. Dublin Airport expected to handle 425,000 passengers through the June bank holiday weekend, matching its tally for the same holiday in 2019, the year before Government Covid-19 curbs restricted travel in and out of the Republic. Meanwhile, Cork Airport estimated that it would cater for 56,500 passengers over the weekend, 3 per cent better than its 2019 June weekend performance.

“This summer we are providing a gateway for thousands of passengers to 33 destinations across 11 countries in the UK, USA, and Europe. We have taken comprehensive measures, including our hi-tech security screening system, to ensure a relaxed and hassle-free travel experience, and the fruit of our labour is evident on record breaking days like last Friday.”

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