Aer Lingus adds three new routes from Cork this summer; Düsseldorf, Leeds Bradford and Southampton raise network to 21 destinations

Aer Lingus recently launched two new routes to the UK, connecting Cork with Leeds Bradford and Southampton. Both routes will be served by Stobart Air’s 72-seat ATR 72-600s operating as Aer Lingus Regional. Both routes were celebrated with impressive cakes at the Irish airport. However, neither route makes it into the top 15 of the airline’s routes from Cork as measured by ASKs.

Cork Airport is Ireland’s second busiest after Dublin, handling just over two million passengers in 2015. Located in the south of the country, the airport is dominated by Aer Lingus and Ryanair. According to OAG Schedules Analyser data, Aer Lingus accounted for almost 70% of all scheduled flights at the airport last year, with Ryanair being responsible for almost 30%. CityJet and Flybe also have a small presence at the airport.

In the last couple of weeks Aer Lingus has launched new routes from Cork to Leeds Bradford and Southampton using 72-seat ATR 72-600s operated by Stobart Air under the Aer Lingus Regional brand. With the addition of another new route to Düsseldorf, starting on 1 May, this brings to 21 the number of destinations served by Aer Lingus from Cork this summer, close to the record of 22 it offered in S11 and S12. With 150 weekly departures this will be the airline’s busiest summer at the airport since 2012.

Chart: Aer Lingus at Cork 2007-2016 Number of routes and weekly departures by season

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for August (summer) and February (winter) for each year.

London Heathrow is #1 for ASKs

The leading route as measured by ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres) which takes into account sector length, frequency and aircraft size is London Heathrow, which is served with 28 weekly flights. Of the top 15 routes, five are in the UK (shown in blue), five are in Spain (shown in yellow) with the remaining five being Amsterdam (Netherlands), Düsseldorf (Germany), Faro (Portugal), Munich (Germany) and Paris CDG (France). Of these 15 routes 11 are flown using 174-seat A320s, while the four UK regional routes are flown with ATRs.

Chart: Top 15 Aer Lingus routes at Cork Weekly one-way ASKs (millions) in August 2016 [Weekly departures]

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 1 August 2016.

Ryanair competes head-to-head to with Aer Lingus on the Alicante, Faro, Lanzarote, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca routes, while both carriers also serve Gran Canaria and Tenerife South during the winter season. Destinations that Aer Lingus has served from Cork in the last decade but which are no longer operating include Berlin, Lisbon, London Gatwick, Madrid, Nice, Prague, Rome and Warsaw.

Aer Lingus adds three new routes from Cork this summer

Aer Lingus Regional’s new UK routes from Cork were also celebrated in Vilnius at the CONNECT conference last week. managed to get a great group shot featuring: Anita Gackowska, Head of Aviation Marketing, Cork Airport; Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director, Leeds Bradford Airport; Jan Halliday, Director of Marketing & Communications, Southampton Airport; and Ciarán Smith, Network Development Manager, Stobart Air. Stobart Air’s ATR 72-600s operate both of the new routes from Cork under the Aer Lingus Regional brand on behalf of Aer Lingus.


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