The announcement concludes intensive efforts made by Cork Airport to secure the German flag carrier to Cork in recent years, reports Clodagh Dooley
Cork Airport, which was Ireland’s fastest-growing and most punctual airport coming into the Covid-19 pandemic a year ago, welcomes the news that Lufthansa is to commence a twice-weekly Cork-Frankfurt service for summer 2021. This service will connect the two cities for the first time in eighteen years.
Lufthansa (operated by Lufthansa CityLine) will operate a Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft with 75 seats on board – 15 Business Class and 60 Economy Class – offering two flights per week on Monday and Friday commencing on June 25th. The flight will depart Frankfurt Airport at 15.40 local time, arriving at Cork Airport at 16.45. The flight will depart Cork at 17.25 landing in Frankfurt at 20.30 local time, a flight time of two hours and five minutes.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport, says, “These are challenging times for aviation globally. So it is heartening to see Lufthansa make this important decision to start services from Cork Airport this summer. We have worked long and hard over many years to secure connectivity to Frankfurt and beyond with Lufthansa for a myriad of businesses and internationally trading companies across the South of Ireland. It is great to see this work led by our Head of Aviation Business Development Brian Gallagher come to fruition.”
Niall adds, “Cork Airport will emerge once again as Ireland’s second-largest airport with the most passengers, routes and connectivity. Our new partnership with Lufthansa shows our ambition in this regard when international travel recovers from the effects of Covid-19.’’
Headquartered in Frankfurt, Lufthansa is one of the largest airlines in Europe. The carrier operates an extensive network of regional services within Germany and Europe as well as the Asia Pacific, Middle East, North America, Latin America and Africa via primary hubs at Frankfurt and Munich airports. Lufthansa utilises a large fleet of narrow and wide-body aircraft, as well as regional jet aircraft. A publicly listed company, Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance.
This new Lufthansa operation will complement the existing Swiss International Airlines service, with both airlines offering seamless connectivity through their Lufthansa Group Hubs at Frankfurt and Zurich respectively.
Announcing the new Cork-Frankfurt service for 2021, Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland and Iceland for the Lufthansa Group, says, “We are pleased to announce that a second airline within the Lufthansa Group will be serving Cork. Starting in the summer schedule, Lufthansa will also be offering flights from Cork, alongside Swiss International Airlines, emphasising the importance of Ireland within our network.
“Furthermore, with this additional connection, we are looking forward to offering our customers even more travel options within our worldwide, multi-hub system. As one of the largest carriers in Europe, with just a short stopover in Frankfurt, our customers will have access to hundreds of connections to numerous destinations within our vast, global network.”
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