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Ryanair Launches Largest Ever Cork Airport Schedule for Summer 2022, Adds Third Based Aircraft

Ryanair is launching their largest ever schedule from Cork Airport for summer 2022 with over 120 weekly flights to 25 destinations. The schedule includes popular getaways such as Faro, Mallorca, Lanzarote and Tenerife, as well as seven new summer seasonal routes.

Ryanair to Offer Over 120 Weekly Flights to 25 Destinations From Cork Airport for Summer 2022 - Courtesy Ryanair

On Thursday (February 17, 2022), Ryanair announced their largest ever schedule from Cork Airport for summer 2022. The carrier will offer over 120 weekly flights to 25 destinations including holiday favorites such as Faro, Mallorca, Lanzarote and Tenerife, as well as seven new summer seasonal routes to Alghero (Sardinia), Pisa, Valencia, Venice, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Ryanair is also increasing their investment in Cork with a third based aircraft, bringing the carrier's total investment at the base to $300 million. In total, Ryanair will operate 150 percent of their summer 2019 pre-pandemic schedule. The delivery of 65 new Boeing 737-8200 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft ahead of summer will enable the added capacity, while delivering four percent more seats, 16 percent less fuel emissions and a 40 percent smaller noise footprint.

In Thursday’s announcment, Ryanair DAC’s CEO, Eddie Wilson, said,

“Following Ryanair’s announcement at Dublin Airport last month, where Ryanair launched its largest ever Summer schedule from Dublin, we’re delighted to now announce our largest ever Summer schedule from Cork, together with the news of an additional 3rd based aircraft for Summer 2022, representing a further $100m investment for Cork Airport. This is fantastic news for Cork Airport and the wider Southwest region, with Ryanair now operating over 120 weekly flights to 25 destinations this Summer, with great outbound sun destinations to Spain, Portugal, and Italy, but also giving inbound tourism a much-needed boost, restoring vital connectivity and securing jobs in the wider tourism industry.

“With support from the Irish Govt., daa have been able to implement innovative incentive schemes which are available to all airlines to rebuild and incentivise traffic recovery this Summer. Ryanair’s latest investment at Cork Airport, which will deliver our largest ever Summer schedule, has only been possible following the implementation of Cork Airport’s traffic recovery incentive scheme for Summer 22.

“If Ireland is to remain competitive vs. other EU countries and airports in Italy, Portugal, Croatia, etc. daa needs the Irish Govt.’s support to extend this temporary scheme (available to all carriers) at Dublin and Cork Airports until the end of Winter 22/23 in March 23, to ensure that as many Ryanair aircraft as possible remain based in Ireland this Winter to support Irish inbound tourism and connectivity. This will ameliorate the damage caused by the pandemic and the Govt. needs to urgently support this vital investment in infrastructure at Irish Airports, particularly this Winter, to ensure the continuity of airline seat capacity at all Irish airports.

“In celebration of today’s announcement of our largest ever Summer schedule of 25 routes and over 120 weekly flights to the beaches of Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, we have launched a seat sale with fares from just €19.99 for travel until October’22, which must be booked by midnight Saturday, 19th February. With air fares likely to increase this summer due to reduced industry capacity, we encourage all customers to book early and scoop up these lower fares on”

Also commenting on Ryanair's expanded Cork service, Cork Airport’s Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy, said,

“I am delighted with today’s announcement by Ryanair that a third aircraft will be based at Cork Airport for the upcoming summer season. With the addition of seven new and exciting summer routes including Pisa, Alghero (Sardinia) and Valencia, this will bring the total number of Ryanair routes available from Cork Airport to 25, giving lots of travel options for our passengers and the largest choice of routes to date. In addition, the frequency on London Stansted is being increased to three times per day, seven days per week and Manchester will also operate twice daily.

“Research tells us that there is huge pent up demand for travel after the pandemic. People really appreciate good friendly customer service and uncrowded, pleasant indoor spaces which they will find at Cork Airport. It has been a long wait, but we know that the travelling public across the South of Ireland will support these routes strongly. In that regard, we expect a 750% increase in passenger traffic in 2022 v 2021 and to welcome over 2 million passengers once again to our terminal in 2022. We thank Ryanair for this vote of confidence in Cork Airport.”

Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline usually carries over 154 million passengers annually with over 2,500 daily departures. Ryanair typically serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 Family aircraft and 20 Airbus A320s. Currently, the low-cost carrier has an additional 210 Boeing 737-8200s on order. Ryanair has maintained a stellar safety record for over 35 years and prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group,” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the “Big 4 EU major airlines.”

Source: Ryanair

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