Cork is the second-busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland, and it specialises in service to European cities. In this sense, it counterbalances number-three Shannon Airport, where much of Ireland’s transatlantic service originates.

The two busiest carriers at Cork Airport are Aer Lingus and Ryanair, the pair of which offers an extensive selection of flights across the continent. Aer Lingus and Ryanair are backed by a range of smaller carriers offering regular and charter service.

These are the airlines offering regularly scheduled flights out of Cork Airport:

Aer Lingus

Ireland’s national carrier is Cork Airport’s busiest, operating roughly 25 routes to cities across Europe. Some of these routes are operated year-round; others are only available in the winter.

This British low-cost airline is based out of Leeds and operates year-round service between Cork and Newcastle.


Ireland’s own Ryanair is one of the most successful low-cost carriers in the world. As of 2012, the airline operates around 18 routes between Cork and several European cities. Many of these routes connect to airports in London, as well as to resort destinations in the Canaries and the Balearics.

Wizz Air

Another low-cost carrier, Wizz Air is based out of Hungary and operates about half a dozen routes between Cork and cities in Eastern Europe.