Budget airline Ryanair has announced another batch of new routes out of the west of Ireland on the back of the travel tax being scrapped.
The carrier will run three new services from Knock — to Eindhoven in Holland, Glasgow-Prestwick in Scotland, and Kaunas in Lithuania — from April.
Ryanair has also committed to increase frequencies on its London route.
Meanwhile, Cork Airport unveiled its winter schedule with 1m seats from Cork on offer for winter 2013.
Aer Lingus Regional is to increase its seats by 10% from Cork this winter and offer up to three flights a day on services to Manchester and Birmingham.
Ryanair will launch its new, three times weekly service from Cork to East Midlands, serving Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester from Nov 6.
Director of Cork Airport Niall MacCarthy said: “With over one million seats available from Cork Airport for winter 2013/2014, there has never been a better time to take a break or connect with loved ones abroad.
“Flying direct from Cork has never been easier and passengers get to experience our best in class customer service first hand.”
Ryanair claimed it will support 80 jobs following its announcement at Knock Airport, part of its aim to carry an additional 1m people at Irish airports in a direct response to the Government lifting the €3 travel tax from April.
Ryanair has already made announcements for eight new routes out of Shannon and plans other investments for Cork, Dublin, and Kerry in the coming weeks.
Ryanair’s Michael Cawley said: “The scrapping of the travel tax will help restore Ireland’s competitiveness and attractiveness to overseas visitors from the UK and continental Europe in particular.”
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