Swiss International Air Lines is expanding its Cork-Zurich service for 2018, on the back of demand from the region’s pharma firms.
Swiss, which operated the service for the first time this year, with two weekly flights, will more than double capacity on the route, from 9,000 seats to 20,140, next year.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “We’re delighted at today’s news that Swiss, one of our newest airline partners, will not only operate again from Cork Airport next summer but will also more than double the number of available seats on the route.
“The expansion of the route by Swiss is in direct response to requests by some of the multi-national pharma companies based here in Cork. The mid-week Cork Zurich flight ensures that the service will be utilized by business as well as leisure travellers. There are very strong business links, particularly tech and pharma, and the expanded service will further boost economic ties between both regions".
He added: “We have seen large volumes of high spending Swiss tourists on these Zurich flights this year. Local hospitality businesses have welcomed the boost as have pharmaceutical businesses for the direct connectivity. Our business and our Brexit strategies both have growth and diversification at their core so this is also fantastic news for local tourism”.