Cork Airport launching summer route to home of Romeo and Juliet


Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea is to begin a summer service between Cork Airport and Verona from Saturday, May 27. The Northern Italian town was the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the Unesco World Heritage Site is famous for its Roman amphitheatre, which hosts opera productions, and its medieval buildings.

Kevin Cullinane. Head of Communications at Cork Airport, and Allyson Vogl playing Juliet. Photo: Brian Lougheed Photography

Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications, poses as Romeo, with Allyson Vogl playing Juliet. Photo: Brian Lougheed Photography


The city is also close to the Italian Lakes area, which are popular among Irish holidaymakers.

Cork’s Head of Communications Kevin Cullinane, who posed as Romeo in Cork, said: “We are delighted to expand our choice of destinations with Volotea, a new scheduled airline partner. We have served Verona before as a charter destination but now travellers in both Munster and Northern Italy will be able to book flights online and this will increase tourism in both directions. 

“Unlike Romeo and Juliet’s tragic tale, a trip to Verona has so much to offer passengers from the South of Ireland. Travellers can meander through the winding Romanesque streets, all the while enjoying the indulgent and fresh cuisine that Italy has to offer.”

The new Cork Airport –Verona-Villafranca Airport service will operate weekly through the summer season until September.   Volotea will fly a Boeing 717 on the route, adding 4,600 seats to the schedule of services for this year.




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