The first of Ryanair's new twice-weekly Cork services to Budapest, Poznan and Malta took off from Cork airport yesterday.
The airline's summer schedule out of Cork includes 22 routes in total, with five new routes to Budapest, Poznan, Malta, London Luton and Naples.
Due to high demand, the new summer route between Cork and Naples will launch earlier than expected, now operating a twice-weekly service from June to August.
The airline also announced an expanded winter schedule and said it will base a second plane at Cork airport to service the 15 winter routes including five new routes to Alicante, Budapest, Katowice, Malta and Poznan.
Speaking this week, Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy stated: “Cork Airport is delighted to see the start of Ryanair’s new destinations at the start of a very busy summer season ahead which will ensure the airline grows by +17% at Cork this year.”
“March was another month of strong growth at Cork Airport cementing our position as Ireland’s fastest growing and most punctual airport.”
Ryanair’s Alejandra Ruiz said: "Ryanair is pleased to add another aircraft at our Cork base (two aircraft in total) as part of our Cork Winter schedule with 15 routes, including 5 new routes, which will deliver 1.2m customers per annum as we continue to grow our Cork routes, traffic, tourism and jobs."
Separately, rugby fans travelling for Munster’s Champions Cup Semi-Final can avail of extra Ryanair flights to Birmingham for the match against Saracens in Coventry on Saturday 20 April.
The airline said they will operate return flights for rugby fans heading to the big game from Cork, Dublin and Shannon on Friday 19 April and Saturday 20 April and home on Saturday evening and all day Sunday.
There are six flights leaving on Friday, two from each location, at various times throughout the day, with early flights from Cork, departing at 8.10am and another at 11.30am.
On Saturday the flight from Cork leaves at 6.40am and a return flight to Cork, from Birmingham, leaves at 8pm and another departs for Shannon at 11.20pm.
For fans looking to come home on Sunday 21 April, there are two early Cork flights, one at 7am and another at 10.20am. There are also flights to Shannon at 2.05pm and 5.20pm as well as back to Dublin at 7.45pm and 8.40pm.