Ryanair said it will operate its largest schedule through Cork next year running 67 weekly flights and carry 1.1 million passengers.
The airline yesterday announced a new twice-weekly service from Cork to Budapest beginning next April which follows on the announcement of new Cork routes to Malta, Poznan and Luton in recent weeks.
Speaking to the Evening Echo, the airline's Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs said Ryanair will add further routes in the future if the flights announced yesterday are successful.
He said the airline had also considered opening new routes between Cork and range of other cities such as Rome, Milan, Madrid and Munich but will wait and see how the 2019 summer schedule operates.
"At a minimum, there will be 16 routes from Cork with 1.1m passengers which is 20% growth and our biggest ever schedule in Cork," Mr Jacobs said.
"We will also add additional frequency to Malaga and we are still looking at the routes we ran this summer and may make further announcements on those in the future."
The new Budapest service commences on April 4, running Thursdays and Sundays. Ryanair is extending its summer service from Cork to Faro into the winter season making it a year-round service.
Mr Jacobs said they have noticed an increase in demand in Cork for new locations.
"We are growing about 7% a year across Europe but we are growing at 20% in Cork. We are seeing better demand from Cork so we are going to try these new routes and we would love to see that they are very popular and very successful.
Mr Jacobs said they also considered adding other new routes to Cork and would consider adding them in the future if demand continues to increase.
"Other than these four new routes that we are going to do, the others that were close was northern Italy to Milan/Bergamo. Rome and Naples were ones that were quite close. Madrid in Spain and also perhaps one of the bases in northern Spain and other than that a German route like Cologne, Frankfurt or Munich."
"We have always said that the motorway to Dublin is Cork's biggest disadvantage. Cork has about 20,000 flights a year while Dublin has 12 times that. Cork could definitely have more flights. It could definitely have more Ryanair flights and if we see these flights working we will add more routes in the following years.
Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said: "The team at Cork Airport is firmly committed to growth, operational excellence and business and tourism connections. Today’s announcement fully supports and underlines these objectives.”