Published on : Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Ireland’s Cork Airport recently decided to reduce its operations. The decision comes in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Cork Airport will be operating flights to rescue Irish citizens stranded abroad and bring them back home from other countries.
According to the airport management, the evacuation flights are being operated by Aer Lingus and Ryanair. The airport will also remain open to facilitate emergency landings and medical evacuations. In addition, all essential non-commercial flights such as connectivity with Ireland’s offshore gas network will be functional.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport said in a present statement that the airport is operating a much-reduced service at present. He also informed that hours of operation are being changed to suit essential service needs due to the global downturn faced by the aviation industry in the past few weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis.
He mentioned that the airport staff across all departments have already done a tremendous job in extremely challenging circumstances. They have worked hard to support the national efforts during the unprecedented crisis.
The airport has also requested passengers to verify the status of the flights departing from Cork Airport. The airport operator DAA recently stated that the continuation of operations in the airports will depend on the country’s travel policies in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Airline operations and other travel restrictions associated with overseas markets will also have to be considered.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland has already crossed the 3000-mark with the death toll rising to 71. However, rescue operations continue to be active in the country. On March 30, a flight carrying 100 Irish citizens who were stranded in Peru landed at Dublin Airport. The flight was facilitated by the Irish Government and it is reported that the passengers will have to pay €400 for the flight.