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Cork needs a flight to Rome

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:39pm

The reasons for which the Cork to Rome flight Committee has decided to start a petition to instigate a direct flight from Rome to Cork are multiple.

Cork is a nice city, recently awarded as the third friendliest in the world (according to Conde Nast Traveller). It’s a place full of history and nice heritage that deserves to be visited.

Rome, well, we all know Rome. An ancient city, full of history, heritage places, an attraction for tourists, occasional travellers as well as for holidays-takers and businesspeople who want and need to travel to Italy for their business affairs or for leisure?

Cork Airport is an excellent airport, and we all in Cork and the whole Munster region need more routes to more international hubs, like Rome Fiumicino Airport can be.

It recently won the ACI Europe Best Airport Award 2018, and is also an excellent jump off point for those who want to visit the Italian capital, as well as acting as a hub for all of those Italians living in Ireland, and particularly in Cork and close counties, who wants to visit their families.

Indeed, from Rome, you can reach almost any place in Italy via connections flight, or by train or via bus. And that’s not to mention the international flights you may want to connect to go somewhere else in the world.

Many Italians come to study English and other disciplines through colleges and universities. Italian is the second most spoken language between students (source: StatLink).

All of this simply departing from Cork if we had a direct flight. Wouldn’t this be wonderful?

We, the Cork to Rome Flight Committee, strongly believe that it would be so.

We started the campaign, sure that it can be successful. Indeed, more than a thousand people signed the petition in only 10 days, and it’s growing fast. More than 1,390 people have now signed the petition.

Many Irish people and people of other nationalities have already demonstrated their wish to have this flight exist.

From a business perspective, this flight could easily be a win-win situation for any airline who would begin such a flight, and the ongoing and growing success of the petition is just a clear expression of the popular wish to have this flight.

This will also increase the touristic potential of the Munster region, and Ireland in general. Many Italians like Ireland, have already visited it, or can’t wait to be back.

Without a route to Cork, it will be difficult for Ireland to see the quality and amount of tourists it deserves from Italy.

Whoever wants to go to Italy is forced to a pilgrimage via bus to Dublin, departing often very late in the evening or most frequently during the night, to catch a flight.

It’s not ideal, and it’s such a waste when Cork Airport is right here.

Whoever wants to reach Cork directly from Italy, simply can’t, or needs to bounce between two or three connection flights meaning they have to travel for one whole day.

It’s not for everybody, and such travel difficulties certainly discourage the traveller, pushing those to choose different routes for their leisure and business travels, avoiding Cork.

And, a couple of seasonal flights are simply not a solution to satisfy the demand.

The Cork to Rome Flight Committee invites people to sign up now: the next step will be to contact the airlines hopefully in a couple of weeks, and submit the petition to them.

The petition itself will not be ended at that stage, but will remain open to gather more signatures.

One last note: the Cork to Rome Flight Committee wish to proudly underline that is a group of independent people, and not related to any transport business, or to any political party.

Therefore, don’t wait further, give voice to your wish to have the flight and sign the petition.

Sign the petition now at change.org/p/aer-lingus-instate-a-cork-rome-fco-all-year-round-weekly-flight - see the Facebook page at fb.me/corktoromeflight.

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