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Basic info and car hire in Cork Airport

  • IATA airport code: ORK

  • ICAO airport code: EICK

  • Full name: Cork Airport

  • Location: Farmers Cross, south of Cork

  • Hub for: Ryanair

  • Website: Cork Airport

  • Contact: +353 21 431 3131, cork.feedback@daa.ie

  • Owner: Government of Ireland

  • Elevation:  502 ft / 153 m

  • Number of runways: 2

About Cork Airport

Cork airport is not the busiest one in Ireland, nevertheless it increases incessantly its arrival passenger numbers and has acquired the title of the second most important airport in Ireland, by handling over 2 million passengers, yearly. It has a modern exterior and the works on making it even more functional and attractive are far from ending. A total of 140 million euros are to be invested in the new terminal building and other improvements to the already erect buildings. In the terminal itself, there are shops, cafés and restaurants, free Wi-Fi access and of course exchange offices and toilets. Car hire at Cork airport is a very simple and recommended service for any traveler coming to Ireland – the roads are safe and wide, drivers well behaved and the diversity of the island itself calls out for a road trip with your family or friends. Whether you hire a car at the airport or later in the city, you will soon realize it’s the vehicle that will allow you to see more of Ireland and be flexible during your vacation. In case you are need a stay in Cork we suggest to revert to the official Cork guide page here where you will find more specific details about the airport and how to arrange your trip upon your arrival.

Drive your rental car around Cork Airport

The city Cork has a long and turbulent history, so your stay there will be a thrilling one – with so many attractions, great atmosphere and quality entertainment programme you will be a busy bee. The English Market is the place to start your day at – rest your eyes on the delicious fresh groceries, try some local pastry and mingle with the locals. You cannot but visit the old city centre, and from afar you will be astonished by the amazing French gothic style St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, built in the 19th century. Should you hire a car, drive to the Blackrock Castle Observatory, located by the River Lee; you will also get the most scenic panorama there. Just 17 kilometres east from Cork you can spend a wonderful day in the Fota Wildlife Park. The animals are given as much freedom and liberty as possible, so if you have a lunch break there, you will probably be joined by lemurs or some other unexpected, yet friendly visit. While in the area, it would be a waste to not visit the famous Irish cliffs – with a car hire in Cork you can easily access Cliffs of Moher, drive to the amazing city Dingle or admire the Ring of Kerry.

Services in Cork Airport


The Jack Lynch Executive Lounge is one of the most modern and sophisticated business lounges you can visit. With refreshments of culinary delight, a free internet access and classy interior design, the lounge is perfect for all the businessman and businesswomen. You can locate it in Departures area, close to Gate 8.


If travelling with a baby, you will find the necessary facilities in the baby changing rooms, there are vending machines around the terminal and if you need an immediate rest, 2 hotels are located just by the airport, one is Cork International Hotel and the other is Park Inn by Radisson.


There are several providers of bus and train tickets at the airport, where you can also get clear directions to your destination. With a Bank and Bureau De Change you can take care of your finances there, or stop by at a cafeteria to get some extra energy for your amazing trip.

History of Cork Airport

Cork airport has more than 50 destination connections throughout the UK and continental Europe. Though it has been facing a decrease in its passengers, it’s presently facing a growth in its business. Cork airport was officially inaugurated as late as in 1963, the initial idea of the airport was seriously delayed due to the second world war, but prior to that, in 1928, the plan for the development of the air base in Cork harbour was to build the Cork airport. Though second largest airport in Ireland, it’s lauded for its quality – it has received a customer service quality award and was announced as the best Irish airport in 2002.

Petrol stations near Cork Airport

Before you return the car to your car hire agency make sure to fill the tank with the agreed amount of fuel. There’s Topaz Cork Airport service on the road from the city and alternatively, Maxol Serivce Station if you’re arriving from southern part of Ireland.