Aer Lingus confirms 2 new Cork routes
Cork Airport is delighted to confirm that long-standing airline partner Aer Lingus will introduce flights to Dubrovnik and Nice from Summer 2019, with the announcement coming on the day that the airline launches year-round services to Lisbon from the city. This commitment by Aer Lingus to Cork means that the airline will operate 20 routes from the airport next summer.
The new services to Nice and Dubrovnik will be flown twice-weekly using the airline’s 174-seat A320s. Services to Nice will commence on May 1, operating on Wednesdays and Sundays, while Dubrovnik will begin on May 4, with departures being offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Launched October 26, Lisbon flights will be flown twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays, with it becoming the sixth European capital to be served non-stop from Cork this winter, joining existing services to Amsterdam, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Paris. With Aer Lingus also operating Lisbon for the first-time next summer, it means that the carrier’s three new routes will contribute over 41,700 seats to the Cork market in peak Summer 2019.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director of Cork Airport, commented: “Aer Lingus is our longest serving and biggest customer at Cork Airport. We are delighted with this expansion and the addition of two new scheduled routes for Summer 2019. We predict that Nice and Dubrovnik will prove very popular with passengers across the South of Ireland, combining the easy passenger experience at Cork Airport with low-cost car parking and the attractiveness of the outbound destinations. We are working extremely hard with our airline partners to further grow and expand choice from Cork Airport and this announcement brings to seven the number of new destinations announced in as many weeks for next summer. We are forecasting overall passenger growth of 7% in 2019 which, despite Brexit, will demonstrate a strong performance once again next year.”
This latest news by Aer Lingus comes on the back of a successful few weeks for Cork. Recently, Ryanair confirmed that for Summer 2019 it will begin flights to Budapest, Malta, Naples and Poznan. On October 28 it will launch a new five times weekly service to London Luton, with the latter route resulting in capacity to the UK capital growing by 4.1% this winter. Adding to this, Air France, a new airline partner for 2018, has confirmed it will continue its successful route to Paris CDG into winter, having launched a daily service in May. Its investment in the Cork market means that overall, capacity to Paris from Cork in W18/19 will increase by 71% versus the same period last year, with Air France providing connections to a network of 180 destinations via its hub at Paris CDG.