Ryanair boost to winter sun options from Cork Airport

Ryanair is to extend its summer services from Cork to three destinations into its winter 2016 schedule.

Cork Airport yesterday said it expects the airline’s decision to introduce winter services to Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and Malaga to add about 50,000 extra passengers from the region.

“We are pleased to launch our Cork winter 2016 schedule, which includes three new winter services to Gran Canaria, Malaga, and Tenerife, with nine routes in total including a four times daily service to London, which will deliver 850,000 annual customers and support 640 jobs at Cork Airport,” said Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs.

The announcement was welcomed by Cork Airport.

“This is fantastic news for our customers from the region,” said Niall MacCarthy, managing director at Cork Airport.

“Ryanair, our second biggest customer, is expected to carry 850,000 passengers this year, an increase of 50,000 on last year. So far this year, Cork Airport has seen a significant increase in our passenger numbers, up by over 10%, making us Ireland’s fastest growing airport. We’ve had a fantastic start to the year and we’ve already welcomed nine new routes as well as new airline partners,” he said.

The winter services from Cork Airport will see weekly flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife and a twice-weekly service to Malaga.

Routes already serviced by Ryanair for winter 2016 include Lanzarote, Gdansk, Liverpool, London Stansted, London Gatwick, and Wroclaw. The new services will increase the number of weekly Ryanair flights this coming winter from Cork to over 40, an increase of 11%.

The company said it is releasing 100,000 seats for sale across its European network from €19.99 to celebrate the launch of the new Cork winter schedule.

The fares will be available on ryanair.com until next Monday.

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