The Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr John Paul O’Shea today welcomed Flybe’s new additional service to Cardiff from Cork Airport.
Commenting on the launch of the new flight the Mayor of the County of Cork said “The additional flight is timely given Ireland’s opening match versus Canada in the Rugby World Cup in the Welsh capital is only three weeks away. Munster rugby fans are very familiar with Cardiff and have been the benefactors of the great Welsh hospitality during successful Heineken Cup visits in recent years”.
The new year-round service with Europe’s largest regional airline is in addition to the weekly Saturday flight that first took off from Cork Airport last June. The announcement is part of Flybe’s route network expansion as the airline adds 22 more flights to seven key destinations from Cardiff. The extra flight is perfectly timed for Irish rugby fans across Munster as Ireland are also set to play France in Cardiff’s state-of-the-art Millennium Stadium.
Cork Airport Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy also welcomed the extra service stating: “The additional Cardiff flight with Flybe is great news for Cork. 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. The route also provides another excellent destination for people from Munster, looking for a fantastic city break. Cardiff boasts an incredible selection of unique attractions, world-class entertainment and premium shopping all within walking distance of the compact city centre.” Mr. McCarthy added: “Cardiff Airport has become an important gateway to Wales following significant investment in recent years. It’s a vibrant city, which is the UK’s top ranked city for quality of life and boasts a serious passion for world-class culture and for sport.”
Mayor O’ Shea concluded “We are very much looking forward to rekindling friendships during our upcoming visit in support of Ireland in the Rugby World Cup in the Welsh capital. We also now have an opportunity to welcome greater numbers of Welsh passengers to Cork and reciprocate the warm welcome they have bestowed on us in the past. I want to wish Flybe and Cork Airport every success with their additional service and delivering more opportunities for people commuting to and from our beautiful county of Cork”.
Cork Airport is the international gateway to the south of Ireland and is uniquely positioned at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East. It is the country’s second largest and busiest airport with more than 2 million passengers travelling through the airport each year.