Terminal Building

Credit: Ian Paterson


Cork Airport is a small friendly airport that is easy to use, simple to navigate and one of the more stress free airports.
It has been recently build (2006) near the site of the old terminal building and benefits from a modern design and a clear layout.
The airport, sited on top of a hill, has the potential for fog or low cloud delays, but these delays have been much reduced with an improved instrument landing system.
The main airlines with full year service are Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann, Ryanair, Jet2.com and Wizz Air.

Terminal Building Location

Location and Passenger Access

Getting to and from the Airport

Cork Airport is four miles (seven kilometers) south of Cork city and accessible by car, bus and taxi.
Taxi fare between the airport and Cork costs between 15 to 18 Euro, don't be surprised if this reaches €20 with baggage fees.
Directions to Cork airport are clear from the N25 South Link Road, which circles the South of Cork. Exit at the Kinsale Road roundabout and follow the signs for the N27, Kinsale and the airport.
At the top of the hill, turn right at the roundabout with the hedge airplane and enter the airport proceeding straight on, towards the set down area, short-term and long-term parks.

Bus access is through Bus Éireann, the state-owned bus company or Citylink, a private firm with limited routes.
Both offer direct links to other major cities such as Dublin, Limerick and Galway.
Local bus service to Cork city is by Bus Éireann to Patrick Street on route 226 and 222 or to the Bus Station with the route 226.
Rail access is through Kent Station in the city center, which is within walking distance of the Bus Station, so again take bus 226 or a taxi.
Car rental via the major car hire firms, e.g. Avis, Hertz, Budget, etc. with booths along the walls near the entrance and exit of the building.
Those returning rental cars should bring their car to the indicated company return area and use the courtesy shuttle to get to the check in area.

Departures Area

Cork Airport is very easy to navigate, with check in desks along the ground floor to the left.

Different airlines have different recommended check in times so consult your airline, but Cork Airport recommends arriving 90 minutes before regularly scheduled flights and two and a half hours before chartered flights.

The First floor has security screening, departure gates and a pre security restaurant.
The restaurant, like most airport restaurants, is expensive compared to local facilities in Cork city, but is satisfactory.

After the security screening area is a duty-free shop, containing many local products as well as the standard spirits, cosmetics and tobacco products. A shop and collect service is available for passengers travelling within the E.U. allowing goods to be purchased on departure, stored for free and collected on return.

Arrivals Area

Arrivals in Cork Airport generally walk from the plane to the terminal if they arrive with a low cost operator. This can have the rather unpleasant result of a visitors first experience of Cork being the driving rain into their face as they exit the door, followed by a 200 meter dash in inclement weather to reach a covered walkway to the terminal.  The reason for this walk from the apron was that air bridges or jet bridges faced resistance from the low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair who promised to boycott them due to the additional cost of use, so very few were actually designed into the new building.

Once inside the terminal, the visitor is presented with a flight of stairs or elevator ride to the first floor where a small Immigration desk awaits. These counters are divided into E.U. citizens and non E.U. citizens. This area has the potential to be undermanned by security personnel and can lead to long but fast-moving queues when more than one flight arrives at the airport at one time.

Next is the baggage collection area, which is small by international standards, consisting of three rotating belts, with on average one spinning with luggage at any one time.
Next passengers enter the main Terminal hall through a Customs check, after which A.T.M.'s, Bureau de Change, Car Hire and Information desk await.