Best price or double the difference ....
Cork Airport (ORK) is located around 7km from Cork City in the county of the same name on the south coast of Ireland. For mussels, Guinness and the sea, head straight to the picturesque fishing village of Kinsale.
Cork Airport’s contemporary new terminal opened in 2006. It’s now home to Ryanair’s 15th European base. You’ll find the check-in area in Departures on Level 1 of this spacious and modern new terminal building.
The airport now handles over 2.4 million passengers annually, placing it second only to Dublin International
in terms of the Republic of Ireland’s busiest airports. London gets the lion’s share of passenger traffic from Cork, whose airlines include no-frills and seasonal operators Aer Lingus, Aer Arran, Ryanair, Monarch and Wizz Air, which serves many destinations in Poland
Getting to and from the airport is easy. There are at least nine car hire outlets in the terminal building; taxi ranks outside; and good road access via the N27, R600 or the M8 motorway. If staying nearby, the chic, art-filled and quirky Cork International Airport Hotel has particularly good reviews.
As well as welcoming you to a county famed for its Blarney Stone (kissing it is said to bestow the ‘gift of the gab’), Cork Airport also welcomes you with some fantastic airport shopping at The Loop. With duty and tax-free luxuries including cosmetics, tobacco products and electronics, shopping here is sweetened yet further by the retailers’ confidence-boosting price promise: find your product anywhere cheaper downtown and they’ll refund double the difference. The airport is well-served with Bureau de Change, Banking and ATM facilities (Euro and Sterling), should you get a little carried away scooping up the tax free bargains.
For EU passengers there’s a ‘shop and collect’ service, allowing you to pick up your pre-ordered goods once through to the Arrivals hall. If you wanted to check any local tourist or shopping information online, there are paid Internet kiosks and free WiFi throughout the airport, as well as a well-stocked Eason bookshop. The Jack Lynch Executive Lounge (opposite Gate 8 in Departures) has free Internet access, for its business class and frequent flying guests.
International brands awaiting your perusal at the vast perfume and cosmetics counters include L’Occitane, Elizabeth Arden, Bourgois and Clarins. Exclusive-to-travel eye shadow and make-up sets from Urban Decay and BeneFit’s Just in Case compact will make your visit worthwhile, as will the fresh-from-the-catwalk lip plumpers, mascaras and eyeliners from Chanel, Maybelline and Lancôme.
Gentlemen can spoil themselves too with aftershave from Diesel, Paco Rabanne, Hugo Boss and Davidoff, or advanced skin care and anti-ageing products from Decleor, LAB Series, Origins’ Save the Male and the L'Oréal Men Expert range. For an exclusive-to-travel treat, take home one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male coffret sets.
For tobacco products, Cork Airport invites you to make some serious tax savings on classics such as Marlboro Red and Lucky Strike cigarettes, or the fine, special-occasion cigars of Ashton, Davidoff and Arturo Fuente.
All that glistens isn’t gold but one thing’s for certain; there is a great range of costume and authentic handcrafted jewellery, crystal and giftware at Cork Airport • with designer sunglasses to help you handle all that bling.
Protect your eyes with some new prescription frames or this-season sunglasses from Prada Linea Rossa, Persol, Alexander McQueen or Jaeger. For a more casual look opt for Kangol, Ray Ban, CK Calvin Klein or Oakley. Hair style not suiting your new look? Get a new coiffeur at Hairport, the in-airport hair salon.
For a taste of Ireland, follow your nose to the cuisine and handcrafted fare of Cork’s leading artisan producers. Rich cheeses, smoked salmon, Butler’s Famous Irish Truffles and other local specialities are waiting to tantalise. The eating and drinking outlets are numerous passenger side, with fewer options once airside. There’s a Starbucks, a Lir Chocolate Café (for luxury hand-finished chocolates), the Red Bar and several gift and convenience stores for snacks and confectionery.
Now, Ireland wouldn’t be Ireland without a golden drop of whiskey (what else would you put in your Irish coffee?) and Cork County is home to the world’s best-selling Irish whiskey, Jameson. For tax and duty free deals on that well as Powers Whiskey, Paddy Irish Whiskey, Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch, Baileys Irish Cream, Ricard, Jaegermeister and of course Guinness, visit Cork Airport’s duty free shops in The Loop.
Ireland is famed for the authenticity and friendliness of its people. Cork Airport is famed for the quality of its airport shopping, and the genuine tax-free deals you’ll enjoy there.