3 March 2016, 12 noon
By Bryan T. Smyth
CityJet, the Irish European regional airline, has today been named Official Airline of the country’s largest and most successful rugby sevens event.
CityJet is to partner the Kinsale 7s which takes place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (30th April & 1st May) and is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors to the Co Cork seaside town.
CityJet already enjoys a significant presence in Munster due to its introduction of scheduled flights between Cork and London City Airport last October. The airline has 18 flights weekly between the two cities.
Kinsale 7s attracts teams from across Ireland and internationally and has grown in participation since its inception 28 years ago. Sevens rugby has grown dramatically in popularity in recent years and Ireland now fields both men and women’s teams. Ireland men’s 7s will be competing in an Olympic qualifying event in Monaco in June. Its women’s counterpart qualifying tournament will be hosted in Dublin in June, with Ireland also competing for a place in Brazil.
CityJet’s Chief Commercial Officer Cathal O’ Connell said: “Sevens rugby is currently one of the most exciting team events and the attendance graph for spectators is rising all the time. Kinsale 7s is the premier event of its kind in Ireland and we are delighted to partner the festival over the May bank holiday weekend.”
“Kinsale is less than 30 minutes from our base at Cork Airport so it is wonderful to partner a local event which has such national and international appeal,” he added.