21 November 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Today brings further positive news at Cork Airport as Iberia Express has announced it is to extend its Cork – Madrid service for Summer 2017. The service to the Spanish capital will take off earlier next year, extending the service initially launched for Summer 2016. This announcement follows recent new route launches to Reykjavik with WOW air and last week’s news that Swiss International Air is to commence a service to Zurich.
The Cork – Madrid service will operate twice weekly, every Saturday and Wednesday and is building on its success in 2016. Launching two weeks earlier than last year, Iberia Express will commence its service from 3rd June and it will continue right through the summer months until September – giving more choice to Munster passengers for breaks in mainland Spain.
Niall McCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “The popularity of the Cork to Madrid route last year exceeded expectations, so we welcome this increase in flights for this coming summer season.
“Spain is always hugely popular with Irish tourists looking to enjoy a sun holiday. But Spain is also an important market for inbound tourism, with over 300,000 Spaniards visiting these shores each year. The extension of the service for 2017 will help increase numbers further into the South of Ireland, boasting the local economy”.
Passengers availing of the Cork bi-weekly service to the Spanish capital will be able to fly via Madrid to many of Iberia Group’s destinations in Spain and as far as Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Sao Paulo in Latin America.
The airline will operate an Airbus A320 aircraft on the route, with 180 seats across business and coach.