low cost carrier Ryanair has held talks with Cork
over the possibility of using its existing terminal exclusively for low cost
airport is due to open a new €163 million ($199 million) terminal by the end of
this year and has still to make a decision on the eventual use of the existing
new terminal was developed to handle an annual 3 million passengers and allow
for potential growth of up to 5 million passengers per annum over the next 25
current terminal capacity is officially an annual 1.1 million passengers
although last year Cork
airport handled a record 2.25 million passengers.
Cawley, Ryanair's chief
operating officer, is understood to be heading the initiative to turn the
existing terminal into a facility reserved for low cost carriers only.
spokesman for the airport says the Cork
airport authority is drawing up a range of options in respect to the old
terminal and at this point it is too early to speculate.
2004, 27 scheduled destinations were served by 12 airlines from Cork
airport with the UK
market delivering positive performance and the European market growing by
low cost carrier Bmi baby launched a new daily
service to London Gatwick with the London
market accounting for 65% of all UK
traffic in 2004. Ryanair carried 500,000 passengers
in 2004 on its four times daily services from Cork
to London Stansted and daily flight to Liverpool.
Ryanair’s director of scheduled revenue Sean Coyle tells ATI: “The airport does not have any
specific plans for the old terminal and we have simply asked them if it is
possible to provide a low cost carrier facility there. Construction is not due
to have finished for another eight or nine months so nothing is going to happen
before that time.”
said that Ryanair is not proposing to make any
infrastructural changes to the existing terminal but that the proposal is to
“simply keep it open but with lower charges for low cost carrier users”.