CORK and Cornwall will have a direct air route this summer following the first flight at the weekend by Aer Lingus Regional.
The new summer route to Newquay brings to nine the number of Aer Lingus Regional routes operating out of Cork Airport. The airline will operate the route twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with fares beginning from €34.99 one way, including taxes and charges.
Aer Lingus Regional currently operates flights from Cork to Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Rennes in France. This year the airline expects to carry over 330,000 passengers through Cork Airport, up 7% on 2016.
Commenting on the inaugural launch, Ronan Whitty, head of revenue management at Stobart Air said, "We are very pleased to add Cornwall Airport Newquay to our Cork summer network. We began flying to Newquay from Dublin in summer of 2015, and in a very short space of time it has become one of our most popular destinations for weekend breaks. Cornwall is world-famous for its surfing, yoga retreats, spectacular beaches and the Eden Project, one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions.
"Cornwall is less than an hour away by plane, making it a perfect destination for Irish people in the south-west looking for a new adventure close to home. The new route will also open up Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way to UK tourists, allowing them to experience the best the south-west has to offer.," he added.
Niall MacCarthy, managing director at Cork Airport said that this flight was another example of the commitment to securing new routes for Cork. "This is a very exciting route for Cork Airport and the passengers of Munster. It is a testament to our pledge and commitment to bring new routes to the South of Ireland. We are delighted to have Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air as one of our valued airline partners. Working closely together enables us to add great new routes such as Newquay to summer 2017 travellers," he said.
Aer Lingus Regional currently flies up to 620 flights per week across its 26 routes throughout Ireland, the UK and France. In 2016 it flew over 1.45million passengers.