New summer service to Southampton

REGIONAL airline Aer Arann Express, has introduced a new direct summer service from Cork to Southampton, predicting it will carry over 10,000 passengers on the route during the summer period.

The new direct service which commences from May 12, October 25 2003, will reduce the journey time for passengers to Southampton, as previously they had a 20 minute stopover in Bristol.

With fares from 109 return, the direct service will depart Cork Airport at 1200 noon midweek arriving at 1.30 pm. The return flight will depart Southampton at 2.00pm and arrive in Cork at 3.30. The service will be operated on an ATR42 48 seater aircraft.

The company also announced an increase in capacity on the Cork to Bristol service for Summer 2003.

This service, which will now be operated using a 66 seater ATR72 aircraft, will depart Cork at 10.45am arriving at 12.05pm Monday to Friday. The return flight will depart Bristol at 12.35pm and arrive at 1.50pm.

“This is an exciting expansion of the Aer Arann Express cross-channel network and will be a considerable boost to business and tourism interests in the South West of Ireland,” said John Smyth, Marketing Manager, Aer Rianta.

Jennifer Mooney, Commercial Manager for Aer Arann Express, said: “We are delighted to be offering a direct service to Southampton and increasing our capacity on the Bristol service for Summer 2003. We have identified substantial demand in the marketplace for both services and look forward to further growing and developing our routes from Cork over the coming months.”

Passengers can avail of the summer saver return fares from 109, including tax.

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