Ryanair announces new flights from Cork to Malaga, Tenerife and Gran Canaria
Flying south for winter
Ryanair has announced its winter 2016 schedule from Cork Airport, bringing several new options for Munster passengers.
Three new services will include direct flights to Malaga, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, with new daily services to London also on the cards.
The flights will be weekly to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, twice a week to Malaga, and four times daily to London Gatwick (1) and Stansted (3).
Malaga is the gateway airport for Spain's Costa del Sol.
Once operational, Ryanair will have 40 weekly flights on nine routes from Cork - including Gdansk, Lanzarote, Liverpool and Wroclaw.
The airline will serve 850,000 customers a year, it said, supporting 640 'on-site' jobs at the country's second-biggest airport.
"So far this year, Cork Airport has seen passenger numbers increase by over 10pc, making us Ireland’s fastest growing airport," said MD Niall MacCarthy.
Among the new services scheduled for 2016 are Aer Lingus to Dusseldorf and Iberia Express to Madrid, although Norwegian's transatlantic service to Boston - originally scheduled to commence this May - hangs in the balance.
A spokesperson for the airline told Independent.ie Travel:
"Launching transatlantic flights from Cork is only the beginning of our planned expansion in Ireland, but our plans rely on the U.S. Department of Transportation finally approving our application for a foreign carrier permit."
Cityjet will fly from Cork to Nantes, La Rochelle and Menorca this year, while Aer Lingus Regional is adding routes to Southampton and Leeds Bradford.