Aer Lingus will operate new routes from Cork to Nice and Dubrovnik next summer.
The Nice, France flight will begin on May 1 on Wednesdays and Sundays while the new service to Dubrovnik, Croatia will take off from May 4 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The announcement was made this morning ahead of Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight from Cork to Lisbon this evening, which will operate year-round on Mondays and Fridays.
The new services to Nice and Dubrovnik will be flown twice-weekly using the airline’s 174-seat A320s.
Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy stated: “Aer Lingus is our longest serving and biggest airline partner. We are delighted to see the airline continuing to grow and invest in Cork with Nice and Dubrovnik flights now bookable for 2019, along with the commencement this week of a new year-round Lisbon route. This now brings to 23 the number of routes served by Aer Lingus from Cork Airport.
In 2019, more than 50 routes will be on offer from Cork Airport to the UK, continental Europe and the USA. It’s forecasted that 2.6 million passengers will travel through Cork Airport next year, up 7% on 2018.
“Scheduled Nice and Dubrovnik connections from Cork have been among the top-requested from passengers across the south of Ireland. We are delighted that these routes are now available from Cork Airport, giving travellers greater choice, along with the award-winning customer service, convenience and low cost car parking that the airport offers.”
Speaking at today’s announcement, Greg Kaldahl, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Aer Lingus said: “Aer Lingus is excited to announce two brand new routes to Dubrovnik and Nice for Cork in 2019, as well as additional seat capacity and the extension of the recently added Cork Lisbon route to all year round."
"We have a proven track record of servicing a broad array of European destinations from Cork and we are delighted to announce our new Cork summer schedule today. Each new Aer Lingus route opens up new travel opportunities for the people of Cork for both leisure and business, and we remain committed to enhancing our offering from Cork Airport in the coming years.”