Cork Airport (in Irish: Aerfort Chorcaí) is the second largest airport in Ireland after Dublin International Airport. In 2006 a new, extremely modern terminal was opened which aimed to support increasing passenger counts. In 2015 more than 2 million passengers were processed at the airport. Cork Airport is an important airport for the Irish airline Aer Lingus and budget airline Ryanair. There are direct international connections with cities including: London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris and New York. Cork is on the south coast where the River Lee flows into Cork Harbor, a profound bay of the sea. The airport regularly contends with bad weather conditions, under these circumstances airplanes are redirected to Shannon, Kerry or Dublin.
IATA airport code: ORK
ICAO airport code: EICK
There is no train connection with Cork Airport. Trains go to all important destinations in Ireland from Kent Station in Cork, it is also the main station for city trains in Cork.
Car and bus
The airport is six kilometers south of the center of Cork at the end of the motorway N27, the motorway goes further to the south by way of the R600 to Kinsale.
Every half an hour a Skylink shuttle bus leaves to Cork, this bus goes to all the large hotels. There are also city buses that go from the airport to Cork with a travel time of approximately 25 minutes.
Car rental - Cork Airport
In the Arrivals Hall you can find counters for various car rental companies, including: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Irish Car Rentals, Alamo, National and Thrifty. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis are outside the Arrivals Hall. A ride to the center of Cork costs approximately €15.00.
Right next to the new terminal is a parking garage for short-term parking, 1 hour costs €2.00 and 6 hours costs €7.50. There are two parking areas for long-term parking, 3 days costs €17.00 and 15 days costs €60.00, you are led to a free parking place by electronic boards. Regular users of the parking facilities at Cork Airport are entitled to reduced rates.
There is one hotel at the airport that is directly across from the terminal, Radisson SAS. For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
With the completion of the new terminal, the range of bars, restaurants and shops have greatly expanded at Cork Airport. You will not find an à la carte restaurant, but there is a special sports bar with large television screens, a Starbucks cafe and a Subway Sandwiches.
Because of security reasons there are no baggage safes at Cork Airport. The office for lost and found items is available by telephone (tel: +353(0)21 4329600).
There is an information counter in the Arrivals Hall between the car rental companies and the Londis shop (tel: +353(0)21 4313131).
The Jack Lynch Executive Lounge is accessible for Business Class passengers and costs €20.00. Priority Pass holders and Aer Lingus Gold Circle Club members is in the Departures Hall across from Gate 8, the lounge is open from 06:00-21:00 (tel: +353(0)21 4328854).
Excellent facilities for conferences are available in the Great Southern Hotel at the airport.
The new terminal is completely adapted for the disabled. There are adapted restrooms, telephones, elevators and wheelchair ramps. There are special parking places for the disabled on the ground level of the short-term parking garage.
The bank and money exchange office can be found next to the bookstore Hughes & Hughes. The money exchange office (Bureau de Change) is open Monday-Friday from 06:45-20:00 and Saturday-Sunday from 09:00-18:30. The Bank of Ireland is only open weekdays from 10:00-16:00. There are two ATM's close by, one gives only Euros and the other gives Euros and British pounds.
There is no post office at the airport, but you can buy stamps at the Skyshop on the ground floor.