Cork and Dublin Airports welcome back passengers as Irish restrictions on international travel for non-essential reasons are lifted today, Monday, July 19th.

daa, the operator of Dublin and Cork Airports – the two largest airports in the State – has kept both airports open throughout the pandemic, and they have played a critical role in facilitating the import and export of essential medical supplies and goods.

“Today is a hugely exciting and much anticipated day as Ireland fully re-opens for international travel. Our Operational Readiness Team, encompassing every department across both airports, has been planning extensively for this day so that all our customers have as safe and as pleasant an experience when travelling through our airports,” said daa Chief Executive Dalton Philips.


Passengers flying from Cork Airport can choose from 6 airlines flying directly to a total of 20 Continental European and UK destinations. While Dublin Airport currently has 36 airlines flying directly to over 130 international destinations.

“The global pandemic has taken an enormous toll and people are looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends overseas who they haven’t seen for almost a year and a half. We have been waiting patiently for international travel to resume and it is wonderful to see customers coming through the doors of our terminals again for leisure and business travel,” he added.

Covid-19 has had a crippling effect on every aspect of the travel and tourism sector.

“There is a great buzz and air of excited anticipation at our airports. We have missed our passengers; our airlines have missed them, and our business partners have missed them. Today represents the start of Ireland’s re-connection with the world and we will play our part by building our business back better and stronger,” said Mr. Philips.

“Dublin and Cork Airports have experienced a loss of over 43 million passengers in the past 16 months. We are working tirelessly to restore the vital connectivity that Ireland has lost during that time. The Irish economy, which is one of the most open in the world, is hugely dependent on international air connectivity for trade, tourism and foreign direct investment.”


Significant investments in a range of health and well-being measures across both airports at the start of the pandemic has been made by daa to ensure the safety and wellbeing of passengers and staff.

These include more than 1,000 hand sanitisation stations, almost 1,000 plexiglass screens at check-in and security screening locations, over 12,000 new signs erected to emphasise social distancing and hand hygiene, regular announcements to remind people of guidelines, enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the terminals and campus and a contactless airport environment. Access to the terminals is limited to passengers, crew members and staff.


Passengers are advised to check country-specific entry requirements on the Irish Government’s websites: and and to go to and before making travel plans.