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Cork Airport announces direct flights to Menorca for summer 2016

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Published 24/11/2015 | 17:04

Menorca island
Menorca island
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport, Declan O'Connell of Lee Travel, David Slattery of Stein Travel and Anita Gackowska, Head of Aviation Marketing, Cork Airport pictured at the announcement of a new route Cork to Menorca at Cork Airport. Pic: Diane Cusack

Cork Airport continues to expand its route network for 2016, with a new service to Menorca confirmed today.

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The weekly flights will operate over 12 consecutive Saturdays from June 25, according to a statement released on behalf of the airport today.

The service will be operated by CityJet, on a 98-seater RJ85 aircraft, but holidaymakers can book packages through Lee Travel or Stein Travel.

“We’re delighted to be able to exclusively offer Menorca to our Munster customers this summer," said Declan O’Connell of Lee Travel.

“Menorca is a hugely popular destination for sun seekers so we’re expecting a lot of interest in the new service," added Stein Travel’s David Slattery.

Menorca is the second largest of the Balaeric Islands (after Majorca), offering relatively tranquil beaches, resorts and activities for holidaymakers.

Read more: Menorca: Is this the Mediterranean's best-kept secret?

Gonzalo Ceballos, Managing Director of the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin, also welcomed the new route from the country's second-busiest airport.

Cork's passenger numbers have fallen since their peak in 2008, but Managing Director Niall McCarthy has said "fortunes have turned" in recent months, with the airport now heading into 2016 with "solid growth" in passenger numbers.

In recent months, new routes to Boston and Barcelona with Norwegian, as well as a new Aer Lingus service to Dusseldorf, have been announced for May 2016.

New CityJet routes from Cork to Nantes and La Rochelle in France will follow in June 2016, while Aer Lingus's summer 2016 schedule brings additional seats on its Paris, Barcelona, Palma and Faro services from the airport.

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