Cork celebrated the launch of Aer Lingus flights to Lisbon on 26 October. Flights will be operated twice-weekly, year-round and there is no direct competition. Pictured with the specially baked route launch cake depicting one of Lisbon’s famous trams are: Niall MacCarthy, MD, Cork Airport; Susana Cardoso, Director, Portuguese National Tourist Office; Greg Kaldahl, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Aer Lingus and Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland.
- Aer Lingus has commenced two European capital connections in the space of two days. On 26 October, the Irish operator began flights from Cork (ORK) to Lisbon (LIS), the capital of Portugal. On 28 October it added flights from Dublin (DUB) to London City (LCY). The 476-kilometre London link will be operated by CityJet RJ85s under an ACMI lease arrangement. There will be 36 weekly flights on this airport pair with six daily departures on weekdays, one on Saturdays and five on Sundays. British Airways will provide direct competition, with British Airways CityFlyer serving the sector with 37 weekly flights. The 1,452-kilometre Cork – Lisbon connection will be operated twice weekly (Mondays and Fridays) with A320s. There is no direct competition on this route. Aer Lingus has also announced that it will begin flights to Dubrovnik and Nice from Cork next summer. “Aer Lingus is our longest serving and biggest airline partner. We are delighted to see the airline continuing to grow and invest in Cork with Nice and Dubrovnik flights now bookable for 2019, along with the commencement this week of its new year-round Lisbon route. This now brings to 24 the number of routes served by Aer Lingus from Cork Airport,” said Niall MacCarthy, MD, Cork Airport.