Cork passenger numbers up 6pc last month as airport launches new route to Cornish surf capital

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  • New route brings to nine the number of Aer Lingus Regional routes operating from Cork Airport this summer
  • Aer Lingus Regional expects to carry over 330,000 passengers through Cork Airport in 2017, up 7pc on 2016
  • Overall passenger numbers across all airlines up 6pc last month at Cork

 

UCC surfers and Aer Lingus staff helped Cork Airport showcase its latest route – to Newquay in Cornwall. The twice-weekly service (Saturdays and Wednesdays) starts on May 6 and runs until September 2.

Michael Dooley and David Leahy of UCC Surf Club along with Claire Maguire and Linda Smith of Aer Lingus at the launch of the Cork-Newquay service. Pic: Brian Lougheed Photography

Michael Dooley and David Leahy of UCC Surf Club along with Claire Maguire and Linda Smith of Aer Lingus at the launch of the Cork-Newquay service. Photo: Brian Lougheed

 

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Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said: “This is a very exciting route for Cork Airport and the passengers of Munster. It is testament to our pledge and commitment to bring new routes to the South of Ireland and we are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus Regional’s new route. Newquay is a top destination for surfers around the world, so the route will certainly satisfy the thrill-seekers and adventurers of Munster.

“The launch of the route leads the way for a very exciting Summer 2017 for Cork Airport. In tandem with our inaugural transatlantic routes and new and expanded European destinations, passenger growth is expected to continue to rise to over 2.3 million passengers this year.”

April figures from Cork Airport reveal that passenger numbers were up 6pc last month versus April 2016. It said that  despite a lower number of flights through Cork Airport in the month, passenger numbers continue to rise on existing routes and overall passenger numbers are up two per cent compared to the same period last year.

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All regions grew during April, with passengers traveling to Continental Europe up 8pc and passengers travelling to Britain up 5pc. Of the British growth, flights to London accounted for 41pc of traffic in the month.

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