Aer Lingus Regional on 14 March commenced services between Cork and Southampton, a 504-kilometre sector that will face no direct competition. The UK airport celebrated the launch with Irish dancing, a champagne toast and traditional route launch cake. Celebrating along with the crew and dancers (as well as attempting a champagne water arch) are David Lees, MD of Southampton Airport, and Martin Saxton, CCO of Stobart Air.
Cork Airport celebrated the start of Aer Lingus Regional’s services to Southampton with a traditional route launch cake. Services will operate five times weekly between the UK and Irish airports.
Aer Lingus Regional’s new UK routes were also celebrated in Vilnius at the CONNECT conference this week. Pictured with the giant leprechaun Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford’s Aviation Development Director, were: Anita Gackowska, Head of Aviation Marketing, Cork Airport; Jan Halliday, Director of Marketing & Communications, Southampton Airport; and Ciarán Smith, Network Development Manager, Stobart Air.
- Aer Lingus Regional on 14 March commenced a five times weekly service between Cork (ORK) and Southampton (SOU). The 504-kilometre sector will be flown by Stobart Air, which will use its 72-seat ATR 72s on the route facing no direct competition. Commenting on the inaugural flight at Southampton Airport, Martin Saxton, CCO of Stobart Air said: “Since announcing the new route, bookings have been strong among both leisure and business passengers. As one of Ireland’s main cities for business, culture and tourism, Cork is a perfect destination for a short break or longer holiday from Southampton.” David Lees, MD, Southampton Airport added: “It is wonderful to see the launch of this new route to Cork from Southampton. Cork is the most requested route in Ireland from here, with the exception of Dublin and Belfast which are already served.” Aer Lingus Regional already offers services from Cork to Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle in the UK according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, with an eighth route to Leeds Bradford starting later this week. The carrier also offers seasonal services from the Irish gateway to Jersey. See how Southampton Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.