Cork Airport has welcomed today’s announcement that Flybe will launch a new twice-weekly all-year-round route from Cork to Cardiff. Commencing on 6th June 2015, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the 118-seat Embraer 195 aircraft will be operated by Flybe, a new carrier to Cork.
Niall MacCarthy, Cork Airport Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to announce a second new destination in the space of a few days after the news earlier in the week that CSA Czech Airlines is to begin a new Ibiza service. This Cardiff route will be a significant boost to the local economy and provide a new destination for local businessmen and holidaymakers. At Cork Airport we have all been working extremely hard to provide our passengers with routes that will be beneficial for all.
“This announcement is an exciting development for Cork Airport and we look forward to working closely with Flybe to develop our relationship and seek out further routes. Cork Airport is Ireland’s second largest airport, serving 2.1 million passengers annually, and we look forward to further announcements of expansion and growth in 2015.”
Saad Hammad, Chief Executive, Flybe, said: “We are delighted to launch these exciting new routes from Cardiff Airport. As part of Project Blackbird, we have been looking to find a productive home for our surplus E195 aircraft and we are delighted at this 10-year agreement with Cardiff Airport, which involves us basing two of these jets there to serve the Welsh market with great value fares and further improving UK regional connectivity. We continue to seek solutions for the remaining seven E195 Project Blackbird aircraft.”