Cork Airport is to gain two new routes to Nice, France and Dubrovnik, Croatia, through Aer Lingus’ summer 2019 schedule.

Flights to Nice will commence on 1 May on Wednesdays and Sundays, while the new service to Dubrovnik will take off from 4 May on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

“Aer Lingus is our longest serving and biggest airline partner,” commented Cork Airport managing director, Niall MacCarthy, he said the airport is “delighted to see the airline continuing to grow and invest in Cork.”

“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,” he added.

The announcement came as Aer Lingus also launched its 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 is forecasted that 2.6 million passengers will travel through Cork Airport next year, up 7% on 2018.

MacCarthy commented that the announcement brings the number of new destinations announced up to seven in as many weeks for the airport. He said: “We are working extremely hard with our airline partners to further grow and expand choice from Cork Airport.”

He added: “We are forecasting overall passenger growth of 7% 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: “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.”

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