Aer Lingus today announced three new routes from Cork to continental Europe to start from March 2004.
This expansion confirms Aer Lingus` commitment to develop its operations from Cork and will increase the capacity offered by the airline from Cork Airport to Continental Europe by fifty per cent next year.
The three new routes planned are Barcelona, Alicante and Milan.
Details of the development were announced by Chief Executive, Willie Walsh in Cork today at meetings with Aer Lingus staff, Cork business representatives and the Mayor of Cork.
“I am delighted to announce these new routes today and to reaffirm Aer Lingus` commitment to the Cork region. There is a strong and growing market here. Aer Lingus is by far the largest airline operating out of Cork and these new routes further strengthen that position. It is doing for Cork what we have done for Dublin - providing direct, low fares access for customers to popular destinations. Aer Lingus has introduced 16 new routes in the past two years, including Cork to Malaga, and all are performing extremely well. We are confident these new Aer Lingus destinations from Cork will be equally successful,” Mr Walsh said.
Flights to Barcelona will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while flights to Alicante will operate on Mondays and Fridays and flights to Milan will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays. Aer Lingus currently operate direct flights from Cork to Paris, Amsterdam, Malaga and Heathrow.