Flybe, which launched a year-round Saturday flight from Cork to Cardiff in June, has added a Tuesday service ahead of Ireland’s opening match in the Rugby World Cup against Canada in the Welsh capital in three weeks’ time.
The announcement is part of Flybe’s route network expansion, as the airline adds 22 more flights to seven key destinations from Cardiff.
The extra flight is perfectly timed for Irish rugby fans across Munster as Ireland are also set to play France in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy welcomed the extra service.
“This is good timing for rugby fans ahead of Ireland’s clashes with France and Canada as the whole nation is abuzz with World Cup excitement,” he said.
“Since the new route started in June, it has already provided a significant boost to the local economy in the region, creating new inbound traffic.”
Flybe’s chief commercial officer Paul Simmons said the company is very pleased with the level of support received for the Saturday service so far.
Meanwhile, Stobart Air has announced that it will be subcontracting in a Cork Airport-based Aer Lingus A320 instead of its usual ATR 72 aircraft on Saturday October 10 and Monday October 12 for the Aer Lingus Regional service from Cork to Bristol to cater for extra demand expected for the Ireland-France match being played in Cardiff.
Depending on the result from the group stages, Ireland will be playing in either quarter-final one or two, both of which will be played in Cardiff on the weekend of October 17 and 18.
If the results go in Ireland’s favour, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, will also consider upgrading the Cork to Bristol flights on October 16 and 19, subject to aircraft availability.
The boost in airport traffic comes ahead of the launch of CityJet’s high frequency, 18-flights-a-week service from Cork to London City Airport which is due to take off on October 1.