Cork Airport adds direct Madrid and Menorca flights to 'bumper' summer 2016 schedule
Flying south for summer
Cork Airport has announced two new Spanish services, bringing to more than 50 its number of routes for summer 2016.
Iberia's low-cost carrier, Iberia Express, will operate twice-weekly flights to Madrid on an A320 aircraft from June 18 of next year, the airport says.
Earlier this week, it announced that weekly flights to the Balearic island of Menorca would operate for 12 consecutive Saturdays from June 25.
The Menorca 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 launch our first ever flights from Cork," said Silvia Mosquera, Chief Commercial Officer of Iberia Express.
"Close to 100,000 overseas students come to Ireland every year to learn English," added Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director of Cork Airport.
"So the Cork to Madrid flight will be a very popular and convenient corridor for those planning to study English in the South West.“
MacCarthy hailed the airport's "bumper summer ’16 schedule", with more than 50 summer routes now confirmed for Ireland's second-busiest airport.
Other new additions include Norwegian's impending services to Boston and Barcelona, as well as a new Aer Lingus service to Dusseldorf.
CityJet has also announced two new flights from Cork to Nantes and La Rochelle in France, also due to commence next June.
Gonzalo Ceballos, Managing Director of the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin, also welcomed the new routes and opportunities for Spanish tourism.
Visitors to Madrid will be able to connect with Spain's rail network, as well as the Iberia Group’s destinations - including both short-haul routes and long-haul destinations including Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sao Paulo or Santiago de Chile.
Similar to Aer Lingus, Iberia Group is part of IAG.
"As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated," commented Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.
"They are absolutely critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers."