South meets southwest as Cork gets new route to Cornwall

  • New route brings to nine, the number of Aer Lingus Regional routes from Cork Airport in summer 2017
  • Aer Lingus Regional expects to carry over 330,000 passengers through Cork Airport in 2017, up 7% on 2016
  • Airline flies to Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Rennes from Cork.


 Just days after Aer Lingus Regional announced the end of its Dublin to Liverpool route, the airline is now to offer services from Cork Airport Cornwall Airport Newquay.

It replaces the Cork-Jersey route that operated since 2008. Aer Lingus regional said they expect to carry 7pc more passengers in 2017 over 2016. See press release here.

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The Wednesday and Saturday service, operated by Stobart Air, begins on May 6. Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport, said the decision would be good for inbound tourism in the key British market: “When you consider that Britain is Ireland’s largest market for inbound tourism, the new route enables more opportunity to showcase Ireland’s Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way.”

Niall MacCarthy MD of Cork Airport

Aer Lingus Regional has three aircraft based at Cork Airport and Stobart Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Martin Saxton, said: “Cornwall and South West England have a great deal to offer, maintaining their own unique culture and history through numerous heritage and leisure sites, arts and language festivals, and varied cuisine.”

Aer Lingus Regional currently flies up to 640 flights per week across its 26 routes throughout Ireland, the UK and France. It has three aircraft based at Cork. Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: “The Irish market is a key target for growth and our partnership with Aer Lingus Regional continues to flourish with the addition of Cork this summer. Cork is an exciting development in our route network offering two-way access between Cornwall and southern Ireland and will boost both regions’ tourism industries.”


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