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New route from Cork to Malta announced

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 5:00pm

By Michael Olney

The forecast was sunny for Cork Airport this week as it welcomed Ryanair’s announcement of a new route from Cork to Malta.

Taking off in March 2019, the service to the balmy island country will operate twice weekly as part of Ryanair’s summer 2019 schedule. Malta is an archipelago situated around 100 kilometres south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.

Cork Airport Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy said: “Malta is a fantastic destination famous for its beautiful coastline, amazing heritage sites and the capital city Valetta, which is a real gem.

“This is the fourth Ryanair route announcement in as many weeks at Cork Airport following the recent good news that London Luton and Faro will operate from October, while a new service to Poznan, Poland will commence in March 2019.”

A forecasted 2.4 million passengers will travel through Cork Airport this year representing a four per cent increase on 2017 with further growth planned in 2019.

Welcoming the news, Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said: “It is wonderful to see more services being added at Cork Airport which is such an important asset for Ireland and I'm sure the people of Cork and the surrounding areas will be delighted with this news.”

Malta is the latest route to be added to Cork Airport’s ever growing flight schedule of over 40 destinations.

The recent announcements have cemented Cork as Munster’s busiest and best connected international airport, and the second largest airport in the state.

“We see Malta as a strong, safe outbound destination which combines food, sun and amazing sights,” concluded Mr MacCarthy.

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