Ryanair is celebrating 35 years since its first flight took off from Cork Airport.

How time flies

Ryanair is flying high this week as it celebrates 35 years of operations at Cork Airport.

In June 1987, the newly established Irish airline commenced operations at Cork with a service to London-Luton.

Since then, Ryanair has grown to become the largest operator at Cork Airport with 27 routes operating this year to destinations across the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Poland.

To celebrate 35 years of operations at Cork Airport, Ryanair has launched a seat sale for a limited time only with fares from €21.99 for travel from August 2022 until October 2022. The seat sale will end tomorrow, Friday, and customers are encouraged to visit ryanair.com to avail.

In congratulating Ryanair on the significant milestone, Acting Managing Director at Cork Airport, Roy O’Driscoll said: “We’re particularly delighted to celebrate 35 years of Ryanair operations at Cork Airport. With 27 scheduled services this year, 2022 has really shown the growth trajectory that Ryanair are on in Cork and across their route network.”

Along with the recent announcement of new, twice weekly winter services to Rome-Fiumicino and Newcastle, Ryanair will extend six summer routes into the winter: Faro (four times weekly); Milan Bergamo (twice weekly); Bordeaux (twice weekly), Venice (twice weekly), Pisa (twice weekly) and Valencia (twice weekly). In total, Ryanair will operate 22 routes from Cork Airport this winter.

Speaking at the celebration of 35 years of operations at Cork Airport, Head of Communication at Ryanair, Jade Kirwan said: “Ryanair is delighted to mark the milestone of 35 years of operations from Cork Airport since the first flight to London Luton in 1987, providing an abundance of choice for our Cork customers.

“This summer we will operate over 240 weekly flights across 25 routes, including exciting destinations such as Alghero, Barcelona, and Venice, and look forward to the upcoming Winter schedule with new routes to Newcastle and Rome.

“To once again support Ireland’s tourism traffic and celebrate today’s milestone, Ryanair has launched a limited-time seat sale with fares available from just €21.99. To avail of these fantastic low fares, which will be snapped up quickly, customers must log on to at ryanair.com to avoid missing out.”