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Wanna fly to King’s Landing from Cork?

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018 4:38pm

Two new routes are set to take off from Cork Airport this summer, it was announced recently. From this summer, Aer Lingus are flying direct to King’s Landing twice a week! Dubrovnik in Croatia is a beautiful city which features prominently in ‘Game of Thrones’ as the capital city of King’s Landing.

Nice is the other route that will take off next summer, with twice weekly flights to the lovely city in southern France.

Unfortunately, the airline confirmed to the Cork Independent that the twice-weekly Cork-Dusseldorf flight will no longer operate. The service had run since 2016.

Flights to Nice will begin on 1 May on Wednesdays and Sundays while the new service to Dubrovnik will take off from 4 May on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The announcement was made last Friday ahead of Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight from Cork Airport to Lisbon, which will operate year-round on Mondays and Fridays.

In 2019, over 50 routes will now be on offer from Cork Airport across the UK, continental Europe and the USA. It’s forecasted that 2.6 million passengers will travel through Cork Airport next year, up seven per cent on 2018.

Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said: “Aer Lingus is our longest serving and biggest airline partner. We are delighted to see the airline continuing to grow and invest in Cork with Nice and Dubrovnik flights now bookable for 2019, along with the commencement this week of a new year-round Lisbon route. This now brings to 23 the number of routes served by Aer Lingus from Cork Airport.

“Scheduled Nice and Dubrovnik connections from Cork have been among the top-requested from passengers across the south of Ireland. We are delighted that these routes are now available from Cork Airport, giving travellers greater choice, along with the award-winning customer service, convenience and low cost car parking that the airport offers.”

Mr MacCarthy added: “We are working extremely hard with our airline partners to further grow and expand choice from Cork Airport. This announcement brings to seven the number of new destinations announced in as many weeks for Cork Airport. We are forecasting overall passenger growth of seven per cent in 2019 which, despite Brexit, will demonstrate a strong performance once again next year.”

Greg Kaldahl, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Aer Lingus said: “Aer Lingus is excited to announce two brand new routes to Dubrovnik and Nice for Cork in 2019, as well as additional seat capacity and the extension of the recently added Cork Lisbon route to all year round.

“We have a proven track record of servicing a broad array of European destinations from Cork and we are delighted to announce our new Cork summer schedule today. Each new Aer Lingus route opens up new travel opportunities for the people of Cork for both leisure and business, and we remain committed to enhancing our offering from Cork Airport in the coming years.”

Susana Cardosa, Director of Visit Portugal in Ireland, commented that “this new route will place Lisbon only two and a half hours away from Cork. An additional reason for people who use the Cork Airport to choose Portugal when thinking about going for a city break, for a golf trip or for a summer holiday.

“Lisbon is an excellent gateway destination to explore other regions of Portugal that are not as well known among the Irish people, such as Alentejo and the center of Portugal. With this new route we are very much looking forward to welcoming more Irish tourists throughout the country,” she added.

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