Pack your bags! Airline starts 10 holiday routes from Cork

THE first-ever continental charter airline to establish a base in Cork is to service all the top European sunspots from early next summer.

Spanish-owned LTE International Airways, in conjunction with leading holiday operator Falcon/JWT, yesterday announced the launch of 10 new routes from Cork Airport.

The airline will create 16 new flight attendant jobs as part of the joint venture.

The 186-seater airbus will fly to 10 top holiday destinations in Spain, Portugal and Greece.

John Smyth, marketing manager at the airport, said the new service provides an international dimension to the increasing number of Irish and British airlines operating from Cork.

Falcon/JWT and LTE, he said, have an unrivalled reputation for quality service.

A similar partnership operates from Shannon where LTE is flying to six Spanish resorts.

Damien Mooney, managing director of Falcon/JWT, said the new flight services underline his company’s continued commitment to grow and deliver quality holidays to the Cork and Shannon regions.

Cork Airport director Joe O’Connor said the new charter operation is a vote of confidence in the regional airport.

“It was important,” he said, “that the 1.2 million potential customers within the airport’s catchment area will support the new services.”

Mr O’Connor said yesterday’s announcement is a further boost in advance of work commencing, in January, on a new 130 terminal.

Passengers figures at the airport this year are expected to exceed 1.9 million.

Five years ago, the airport was handling about 40,000 passengers during the summer months.

In the peak 2003 holiday season, the expected figure is in excess of 260,000.

LTE will fly from Cork to Menorca, Costa Dorada, Majorca, Algarve, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Costa del Sol, Crete, Gran Canaria and Costa Almeria.

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