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Rugby World Cup: Cork Airport doubles direct flights to Cardiff

Flybe to the Millennium

Published 03/09/2015 | 02:30

Exterior of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK
Exterior of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK

Flybe has added a second weekly flight from Cork to Cardiff in advance of Ireland's Rugby World Cup campaign.

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The weekly Tuesday flights come in addition to the Saturday departures which Flybe commenced this June.

The first of the new, year-round flights departed Cork Airport this week, with one-way fares from as low as €18.89 as we publish.

The announcement comes as Flybe expands its route network, adding 22 more flights to seven key destinations from Cardiff.

“Since the new route started in June, it has already provided a significant boost to the local economy in the region, creating new inbound traffic," said Cork Airport Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy.

Although the Tuesday flights are competitively priced, Saturday flights are more expensive on weekends when Ireland are scheduled to play at the Millennium Stadium.

One-way fares start from €144.88 on September 19, for example.

On Saturday, October 10 (the day before Ireland's crunch pool match with France), one-way fares from Cork to Cardiff were coming in at €180.88.

In recent months, Cork has added a new CityJet service to London City Airport, and Aer Lingus is set to double its winter service to Tenerife, as well as launching direct flights to Dusseldorf next May.

The airport has shed over 1.1 million passengers since 2008, but expects new routes and increased capacity to return it to growth by October.

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