16 March 2016
By David O’Sullivan
Cork Airport is getting two new routes as Aer Lingus has decided to expand its presence.
As part of the expansion, Aer Lingus has started two new routes to fly out of Cork Airport.
Operated by Stobart Air under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, the new routes are said to service Southampton and Leeds Bradford.
In a bid to carry an additional 60,000 passengers through Cork Airport in 2016, Aer Lingus will base a third aircraft at the airport, servicing ten of its regional routes from Cork.
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The Southampton route will reportedly link the Rebel County to the popular cruise port and will run five times a week.
Meanwhile, the other new service to Leeds Bradford will operate up to three times a week between the cities.
It has also decided to increase frequencies on existing routes from Cork to Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle – with up to nine additional flights per week across these three routes.
Martin Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air said in a statement that the airline is delighted to expand its Cork services and has set ambitious targets for its Cork routes.
Saxton said, “Since announcing the expansion of our services from Cork Airport, bookings have been strong on both new and existing routes. Providing choice and regional connectivity is key and serving major U.K. cities from Cork is important for us.”
The airline had recently announced that it will operate flights between Dublin and Liverpool.
Cork Airport on the other hand is hoping to attract an additional 165,000 passengers in 2016 after handling 2.07 million passengers last year.