The Irish Times
Barry Roche

Management at Cork Airport have defended the decision to close the airport for the next 10 weeks to allow reconstruction of the airport’s main runway, saying it made sense to fully close the airport between September and November due to the drop in passenger numbers because of Covid-19.

Cork Airport head of communications Kevin Cullinane confirmed to The Irish Times that the airport closed on Monday and will remain shut until November 22nd to allow the reconstruction work on the airport’s main runway – runway 16/34 – to be completed in time for the busy Christmas period.

The decision to close the airport fully for 10 weeks to facilitate a €40 million revamp has prompted criticism from the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA), whose CEO Pat Dawson said his 110 members were disappointed the work was being carried out just as the tourism sector was beginning to improve.

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