The French Connection – New Route – Cork Airport to Nantes and La Rochelle

8 October 2015
By Bryan Smyth


CityJet have announced additional flights between Cork Airport and France from next summer. Corconians will be able to sample the delights of Nantes and La Rochelle.

The new Cork to La Rochelle route will fly twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The new Cork to Nantes route will fly once a week on Sundays. The flights will operate between June and August 2016.

CityJet employs almost 500 people, mostly based in Swords, Co Dublin.

Business reaction

Cork Chamber strongly welcomed the announcement which was delivered by Pat Byrne of City Jet at the Chamber Business Breakfast.

Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said “This is the latest in a string of recent positive developments for Cork Airport which have occurred since City Jet announced the introduction of its Cork to Lononn City route in July. We are delighted to see City Jet’s continued commitment to serving the Cork Region. The addition of these routes in the summer months will greatly benefit the tourism industry in the South West Region”

Political reaction

Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer told

“Other good news at Cork Airport today was Aer Lingus’ launch of its summer schedule, which includes additional capacity on its Paris, Barcelona, Palma and Faro services from Munster’s favourite airport.

“The announcements by both airlines means over 2,300 additional seats each week from Cork Airport for the summer months, to seven destinations that are exceptionally popular with Irish tourists.

“This is great news and builds on other recent successes for Cork Airport. Last week CityJet began its London City route and last month Norwegian Air International Ltd (NAI) announced plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service from next May and that it also intends to launch a new Cork-New York service in 2017.

“I would like to congratulate everyone at Cork Airport and commend them for securing these new routes. The announcement is a great vote of confidence in the airport and proof that Government policy to create the right conditions to encourage new air services is working. More than 2 million passengers travel through Cork Airport each year and the airport is going from strength to strength.”

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