Sunday 18 February 2018

Cork Airport announces new direct flights to Verona, Italy

The home of Romeo & Juliet

Verona. Photo: Deposit
Verona. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Cork has added a new airline to its departures board, with Volotea set to begin flying to Verona next summer.

Volotea, the Spanish low-cost carrier, will operate a weekly scheduled service between Cork and Verona-Villafranca Airport from June to September, 2017.

The route will be operated on Boeing 717 narrow-body aircraft, adding a total of 4,600 seats to Cork's summer schedule next year.

"We have served Verona before as a charter destination, but now travellers in both Munster and Northern Italy will be able to book flights online, increasing tourism in both directions," said the airport's Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy.

Passenger numbers at Cork were up 8pc in the first six months of the year, with some 2.24 million expected by year's end - a rise of 240,000 on 2015.

New services have included flights to Dusseldorf, Madrid, Nantes and La Rochelle, although ongoing opposition to Norwegian's planned transatlantic routes mean the earliest Cork-Boston flights could now take off is March 2017.

Verona is famous as the home of Romeo and Juliet, but attractions also include its Roman arena, shopping and a mouthwatering food scene.

“Verona is a delightful city, a very relaxed place to visit, and I would call on people from Cork to support this new service," said Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA.

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