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Ireland’s Cork Airport has reduced its operations amid the Covid-19 pandemic and is operating flights to repatriate stranded Irish citizens from other countries.

The management of the airport added that the evacuation flights are being operated by Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

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The airport is also open to facilitate emergency landings, medical evacuations and all necessary non-commercial flights such as connectivity with Ireland’s offshore gas network.

Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy said: “We are operating a much-reduced service at present and are flexing our hours of operation to suit essential service needs given the global downturn in aviation in recent weeks.

“Our staff across all departments have done a tremendous job in extremely challenging circumstances to support the national efforts in this unprecedented crisis.”

The airport has requested passengers to verify the status of the flights departing from Cork Airport.

The Covid-19 pandemic has so far infected more than 787,000 people and killed over 37,800 around the world.

The Republic of Ireland has reported 2,910 confirmed cases and 54 deaths.

On 30 March, a flight carrying 100 Irish citizens who were stranded in Peru landed at Dublin Airport.

The flight was facilitated by the Irish Government and it is reported that the passengers will have to pay €400 for the flight.

Earlier this month, Dublin Airport and Cork Airport announced plans to reduce their operations due to the reduced passenger traffic caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airport operator daa stated that the continuation of operations in the airports will depend on the country’s travel policies related to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as airline operations and other travel restrictions associated with overseas markets.