New Cork to Madrid Iberia Express route takes off

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  • New Cork to Madrid Iberia Express route takes off 
  • Summer of growth at Cork Airport
  • Iberia Express to operate Cork-Madrid 2w every Saturday and Wednesday
Gonzalo Ceballos of the Spanish Tourist Board, Kevin Cullinane of Cork Airport, Keith Chuter of British Airways, Carlos Pinacho of Iberian Express and Anita Gackowska of Cork Airport at an event in the Imperial Hotel in Cork to promote Iberia Express’s new 2w service from Cork to Madrid,

Gonzalo Ceballos of the Spanish Tourist Board, Kevin Cullinane of Cork Airport, Keith Chuter of British Airways, Carlos Pinacho of Iberian Express and Anita Gackowska of Cork Airport at an event in the Imperial Hotel in Cork to promote Iberia Express’s new 2w service from Cork to Madrid,

Cork’s new direct service to Madrid with Iberia Express, part of the IAG group, began on June 18th and will operate until September 17th.

Flights will be operated by an Airbus 320 aircraft, equipped with 180 seats distributed in 18-162 configuration.

Anyone planning their summer getaway can book tickets from today at iberiaexpress.com.

Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications at Cork Airport at the launch of the new direct service to Madrid with Iberia Express,

Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications at Cork Airport at the launch of the new direct service to Madrid with Iberia Express,

Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy

Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy

Cutting the ribbon, Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy, helped by Cllrs Joe Carroll, Deputy County Mayor, Cork and Chris O'Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork.

Cutting the ribbon, Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy, helped by Cllrs Joe Carroll, Deputy County Mayor, Cork and Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork.

Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy, helped by Cllrs Joe Carroll, Deputy County Mayor, Cork and Chris O'Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork.

Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy, helped by Cllrs Joe Carroll, Deputy County Mayor, Cork and Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork.

Dep. Joe Carroll, Deputy County Cork Mayor; Cllr. Chris O'Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork; Gonzalo Ceballos, MD, Tourist office of Spain, Dublin; Rafael Soriiano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy; Catalina Goode Lopez, Viceconsul of Spain in Cork and Kevin Cullinane, head of Communications, Cork Airport

Dep. Joe Carroll, Deputy County Cork Mayor; Cllr. Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork; Gonzalo Ceballos, MD, Tourist office of Spain, Dublin; Rafael Soriiano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy; Catalina Goode Lopez, Viceconsul of Spain in Cork and Kevin Cullinane, head of Communications, Cork Airport

Dep. Joe Carroll, Deputy County Cork Mayor; Cllr. Chris O'Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork; Gonzalo Ceballos, MD, Tourist office of Spain, Dublin; Rafael Soriiano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy; Catalina Goode Lopez, Viceconsul of Spain in Cork and Kevin Cullinane, head of Communications, Cork Airport.

Dep. Joe Carroll, Deputy County Cork Mayor; Cllr. Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork; Gonzalo Ceballos, MD, Tourist office of Spain, Dublin; Rafael Soriiano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy; Catalina Goode Lopez, Viceconsul of Spain in Cork and Kevin Cullinane, head of Communications, Cork Airport.

Passengers can choose to fly on via Madrid to many Iberia Group destinations in Spain including Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife; Lisbon and Porto in Portugal; Marrakech in Morocco; and Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Montevideo, Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile in Latin America.

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Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications at Cork Airport said: “securing this new Madrid route has been testament to the hard work of the teams at Cork Airport, Iberia Express and Madrid Airport and I would like to thank everyone for their support in this. Securing new Airline partners and expanding our route network to open up new destinations for our passengers is at the heart of our growth plans for Cork Airport. Madrid is an absolutely key Spanish destination. It’s internationally known for its culture, shopping, sports events, museums and lively nightlife and is quite rightly heralded as a fantastic holiday and city break destination. The added advantage of this route is that other destinations in Spain are readily accessible from Madrid, being that it is right in the heart of Spain.”

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Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission to Ireland from the Spanish Embassy in Dublin, said: “opening up this part of Spain to passengers from the south of Ireland brings great opportunities. Spanish tourists to Ireland will be keen to use the new route and explore this wonderful part of the world. I look forward to the success of this new service.”

Gonzalo Ceballos director of the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin said: “we will be working with Cork Airport to help promote the route and with Iberia and Madrid to showcase the region. We are delighted to be with the team in Cork Airport to launch the route today.”

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See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

At a previous event for the trade. Gonzalo Ceballos outlined the competitive advantages Iberia will offer (listen here), the only business class service out of Cork and a facility for carrying pets (€120, but cheaper than leaving them at home given kennelling costs). Watch here video of the event.

Listen here to Kevin Cullinane’s speech on behalf of Cork Airport. Listen here to Gonzalo Ceballos’s Madrid presentation and listen here to Carlos Pinacho.

See pictures of launch event in Cork for the travel trade here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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