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Air-raising Cork Airport planes to divert to Dublin for 10 weeks due to runway upgrade

The airport managed to retain scheduled services to London and Amsterdam – and has won back six scheduled airlines (Aer Lingus, Ryanair, KLM, Swiss, Lufthansa and Air France).

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Dublin Airport will receive a boost next month with the bulk of Cork Airport’s traffic set to divert to the capital as Cork closes for a ten-week runway upgrade programme.

Cork is slightly more than 80pc down on its normal traffic volumes.

The airport managed to retain scheduled services to London and Amsterdam – and has won back six scheduled airlines (Aer Lingus, Ryanair, KLM, Swiss, Lufthansa and Air France).

The scale of the pandemic impact is borne out by the fact that Cork would normally have nine scheduled operations with fifty scheduled routes.

It is understood loads are running around 65pc compared to the 90pc normal for August.

“Cork expects a strong Christmas after the runway reconstruction serving VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic and very strong rally in airline and passenger numbers for summer 2022,” a spokesperson said.

Shannon airport recorded a 73pc decline in aircraft traffic last year, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

Passenger numbers plummeted by 79pc last year but Shannon has been boosted by an expanded Ryanair schedule this summer, including services to the UK, Spain and Eastern Europe.

Dublin recorded 2,981 flights in May – down 86pc on May 2019. It recovered slightly in June, with 4,767 flights, still a decline of 77.6pc on the 21,299 flights in June 2019.

Passenger numbers are now an average of 25,000 a week – one-fifth of a normal week in July and August.

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