Cork Airport to host 44 routes and new flights for the summers

Cork Airport to host 44 routes and new flights for the summers
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Cork Airport is on track to become a viable alternative to Dublin Airport for the Southern region.

With an increase in demand, Cork Airport is expecting its busiest summer since the pandemic started and intends on becoming a practical alternative to the congested Dublin airport.

Since the summer of 2022, Cork airport has been offering the greatest number of routes and highest capacity since 2019 despite experiencing long queues and delays earlier that year. The 2023 Summer Schedule is out and will remain in effect until October. It allocates 1.2 million seats to 44 routes operated by 8 distinct airlines.

This summer, a total of 29 routes will be available, including five new ones - twice-weekly flights to Seville, La Rochelle, Venice Treviso and Rome Fiumicino.

Ryanair has now started a thrice weekly service to East Midlands and has further increased the frequency of 11 routes including London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Lanzarote, Malaga, Faro, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona Reus & Bordeaux this summer.

Aer Lingus has restarted its services to Faro and Malaga, with services to Dubrovnik and Palma de Mallorca coming back online in May. They have also added more flights on the routes from Cork Airport to Malaga and Faro in July and August, with a daily frequency to Malaga and six times a week to Faro.

The national carrier will retain vital connections to Amsterdam Schiphol (operating 6 times a week, with 2 services on Monday, Friday & Sunday) and London Heathrow (with 4 daily services).

Last Sunday, Cork Airport celebrated the return of Air France, offering a daily service to Paris Charles de Gaulle. This provides direct air access to the French capital and options for connecting flights across Air France's global network. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will commence a twice-daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol in April. Meanwhile, Lufthansa and SWISS International Air Lines (operated by Edelweiss) will resume their flights to Frankfurt and Zurich respectively.

Aer Lingus to restore the important routes to the south-west UK with a six-times weekly flight service to Bristol. This new service will enable easier passenger access to many locations in South Ireland, including Bristol, Bath, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, the West Country & Wales.

Tara Finn, Head of Aviation Business Development, proclaimed at the Cork Airport 2023 Summer Schedule launch: “We have an incredibly jam-packed summer schedule on offer at Cork Airport this year. With 44 routes across the UK and Continental Europe, there is a superb choice to be had from Ireland’s second-busiest airport."