Passenger numbers at Cork Airport have plummeted with management now warning that numbers could be down by more than two million by the end of the year due to the impact of Covid-19.

Up to last month, the figures were already down by over one million passengers.

The number of airlines operating from Cork are also down by half - from ten in July 2019, to five this year.

Routes are also down by half - with only 27 routes on offer as opposed to 53 last July.

July should have been the airport's busiest month but the airport, like others here and abroad, has been severely impacted by the pandemic, according to Managing Director Niall MacCarthy.

These are very worrying times for the airport which saw an 8% growth in numbers last year.

Last week, Aer Lingus - which operates daily flights to a number of destinations from Cork, including London's Heathrow - said it is reviewing the ongoing viability of its regional bases in Cork and Shannon as the company warned it may seek compulsory redundancies to cut costs.