Cork Airport is Ireland’s second largest airport. It is located near the center of Cork City, just off Kinsale Road. Cork Airport began its operations in 1961. More recently, the airport opened its new terminal with state-of-the-art features. Cork Airport services more than 3 million passengers every year to various destinations all over the globe with Ryanair, Aer Arann and Aer Lingus being the principal carriers.
From Cork Airport you can travel to Cork City by several means, buses (Skylink and Bus Eireann), train and taxis which are available outside the main terminal and cost around €15 for the journey. Counters for different car hire companies are also available in the Arrivals area with operators such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, CAR Hire.ie and Atlas Car Hire Ireland.com. If you are planning to rent a car, you may find it cheaper and more convenient to book ahead of time rather than arranging it at the airport.
Both short-term and long-term parking facilities are available near the airport, with more than 4,600 parking spaces that can be used. For those with disabilities, an easy access parking area located on the first floor is available. If you should require any help, contact the assistance providers of the airport.
Right across the terminal of the airport, connected by a covered walkway, is the Cork International Airport Hotel. The hotel has more than 150 rooms, with a spa, a hair salon and a lounge facility that is perfect for the weary traveler. Another hotel that lies within the complex is the Radisson SAS Hotel. The hotel’s Riverstix Restaurant and Bar serves simply delightful dishes.
The information counter of the Cork Airport is located in the Arrivals Hall, beside Londis . Meanwhile, the check-in area can be found in the Departures area of the new building.
Before reaching the terminal, several security checks will have to be passed through. Remove sharp objects, such as scissors, knives, razors, and even knitting needles, from your hand luggage; otherwise, these items will be confiscated. The European Union also limited the amount of liquid that can be brought into the airport; anything beyond 100 ml will be confiscated. Laptops should also be opened and the keyboard revealed before it can be brought inside the building. Only one piece of hand luggage is permitted per person.
Because of the opening of the new terminal in Cork Airport, there was also an increase in the number of shops and restaurants available in the airport. Popular dining places in the airport include Subway, Sports Bar and Starbucks. There is also a food court, Cork’s Food Market. Meanwhile, shops include Hughes and Hughes Bookshop and Londis. The Travel Value Store carries both local and high-end international brands.
Near the Departures area is the Jack Lynch Departure Lounge. For a cost of €25, you can relax at the lounge for 3 hours while waiting for your flight. The lounge also has a meeting room for four people.
Inside the Cork Airport and beside the bookstore is a Bank of Ireland, which is open during the weekdays. Bureau de Change is located beside it. There are also two ATMs there, one of which dispenses currency in both Sterling and Euro. A Tax Refunds Office, which is open during weekdays, can also be found on the first level, beside Subway.
There are three custom channels at the Cork Airport. The Blue Channel is for those coming from an EU country. The Green Channel is for those on flights coming from non-EU countries without any prohibited goods. Meanwhile, the Red Channel is for those on flights coming from non-EU countries carrying more than what they are allowed or carrying restricted goods.
For more information regarding Cork Airport, visit Cork Airport Guide.com which is an independent guide to Cork Airport.