‘Smile’ machines placed in 160 airports around the world compiled data from people passing through the terminal, and noted that most people chose a smile over a frown in Cork Airport.
Air passengers walking past the ‘Happy or Not’ machines hit buttons to denote their mood depending on their experience at the airport.
Cork Airport scored an 88.45pc rating, beaten only by Exeter Airport in England which topped the poll with 88.66pc.
The average happiness rating worldwide was 76.52pc.
“We are delighted with the findings,” Cork Airport’s head of communications, Kevin Cullinane, said.
“They confirm our ongoing efforts in providing the best of customer service, facilities and ease of travel to the over 2m passengers that travelled through Cork Airport in the last year.
“A happy passenger is as a result of a collaborative effort from the entire Cork Airport team, from the moment a passenger enters the terminal to when they depart.
“The findings of the airport report will also prove invaluable in terms of developing our already superb and consistent customer service and state of the art facilities here in Cork Airport.”
The results also showed that 9am was the happiest time for travellers, and 2am was the unhappiest.
Passengers are most likely to hit the smile button on Tuesdays, while the weekends saw the most frowns.
Based on months, people are happiest travelling in October and November, and unhappiest travelling in July.