It'll be hard to get a seat on this one.
If you're currently stuck for ideas about where to go next summer, Cork Airport and Aer Lingus may have just made your mind up.
Aer Lingus announced its Summer 2019 schedule at Cork Airport today, unveiling two new routes from Cork to Dubrovnik and Nice.
Dubrovnik is an increasingly popular summer destination in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea, while Nice remains one of France’s leading summer hotspots.
The latest route expansion underlines Aer Lingus’ commitment to Cork. Aer Lingus is the largest airline operating at Cork Airport, both in terms of frequency of flights and seat capacity. Across the year, it operates flights from Cork Airport to 23 destinations.
Next summer, Aer Lingus will increase capacity from Cork to 1,063,000 seats, up 4% on Summer 2018.
The announcement was made at the inaugural Cork to Lisbon flight today. The airline also announced that the Cork to Lisbon route will be available all year round.
Greg Kaldahl, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Aer Lingus said:
“Aer Lingus is excited to announce two brand new routes to Dubrovnik and Nice from Cork in 2019, as well as additional seat capacity and the extension of the recently-added Cork Lisbon route to all year round.
"We have a proven track record of servicing a broad array of European destinations from Cork and we are delighted to announce our new Cork summer schedule today.
" Each new Aer Lingus route opens up new travel opportunities for the people of Cork for both leisure and business, as well as providing huge inbound tourism opportunities for visitors from South of France, Croatia and Portugal. We remain committed to enhancing our offering from Cork Airport in the coming years.”
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director of Cork Airport was delighted with the new routes also:
“Aer Lingus is our longest serving and biggest customer at Cork Airport. We are delighted with this expansion and the addition of two new scheduled routes for Summer 2019.
"We predict that Nice and Dubrovnik will prove very popular with passengers across the South of Ireland, combining the easy passenger experience at Cork Airport with low cost car parking and the attractiveness of the outbound destinations.
"We are working extremely hard with our airline partners to further grow and expand choice from Cork Airport and this announcement brings to seven the number of new destinations announced in as many weeks for next summer. We are forecasting overall passenger growth of 7% in 2019 which, despite Brexit, will demonstrate a strong performance once again next year.”
The service to Dubrovnik service starts on 4th May 2019 and will be operated every Tuesday and Saturday.
The Cork to Nice service starts on 1st May 2019 and will be operated every Wednesday and Sunday.