RYANAIR will extend four of its popular summer services from Cork Airport into its winter 2019 schedule.
The budget airline has extended its summer services to Alicante, Budapest, Malta and Poznań, twice-weekly for the forthcoming winter season.
An estimated 1.2 million Ryanair customers will pass through Cork Airport this year, up 17% on last year.
Cork Airport is entering its fourth year of consecutive growth, with passenger numbers set to rise by 8% this year.
It is forecasted that 2.6 million will travel through Cork Airport in 2019.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “We are delighted with the announcement from Ryanair and in particular its commitment to extend its new Summer 2019 routes of Budapest, Malta and Poznań for the winter season.
“The extension of services to these destinations means that our customers across the south of Ireland will have even greater choice this coming winter, whether that is for a winter sun getaway, or a European city break.
“It will also benefit the region as a whole, with inbound visitor potential to key attractions such as the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.
“Our business development team continues to work with Ryanair, and our other partner airlines, on further positive announcements, ensuring the continued growth of Cork Airport.”
More than 50 routes are now on offer from Cork Airport across the UK, Continental Europe and the east coast of the USA.
Global aviation analysts OAG recently revealed that Cork Airport topped the punctuality league for international airports in Ireland in 2018, with an on-time performance of 80.2%.
Local MEP Deirdre Clune said it was a positive time at Cork Airport.
“It is always great when Cork Airport announces that airlines will be providing more flights to such great locations.
“There is so much positive news coming from Cork Airport at the moment. The recent news that Cork Airport was Ireland’s most punctual airport last year with the highest level of customer service has to be commended.”