Iberia Express has announced it is to extend its Cork-Madrid service for Summer 2017.
The service to the Spanish capital will take off a fortnight earlier next year.
The announcement follows the recent separate new route launches at Cork Airport with new services to Reukjavik with WOW air and Swiss is to commence a service to Zurich.
The Cork to Madrid service will operate twice weekly, every Saturday and Wednesday from June 3.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “The popularity of the Cork - Madrid route last year exceeded expectations particularly for inbound Spanish visitor numbers. We welcome this increase inflights with Iberia Express for this coming summer season."
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The extension of this Iberia Express flight from Madrid to Cork is more good news for Irish tourism in 2017, expanding travel options for Spanish holidaymakers wishing to visit Cork and the South of Ireland. We will continue to work closely with Iberia Express and Cork Airport to maximise the promotion of the service. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers.
Passengers availing of the Cork bi-weekly service to the Spanish capital will be able to fly via Madrid to many of Iberia Group’s destinations in Spain and as far as Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Sao Paulo in Latin America. Low cost tickets are on sale now on www.iberiaexpress.com.