Premier Inn expands presence with grand opening in Cork City Centre

Whitbread PLC, one of the UK’s prominent hotel business and owner of Premier Inn, has announced the inauguration of its first Premier Inn outside of Dublin in Cork City, Ireland.

This 187-bedroom hotel signifies Whitbread’s dedication to broadening its network of Premier Inn establishments across Ireland. With the Cork addition, Premier Inn now boasts six hotels and over 1,000 bedrooms in Ireland, responding to rising demand for budget-friendly accommodation in the country.

Matt Gent, Development Manager for Whitbread in Ireland, said: ‘Premier Inn Cork is an important milestone for Whitbread in Ireland. The hotel gives us a presence outside of Dublin for the first time and sets us up for further growth in towns and cities across Ireland as we work to deliver a network of Premier Inns across the country.

‘Looking at the new Cork City Centre Premier Inn and it’s hard not to be impressed by the quality of the development we have created with our partners Greenleaf, Warren Private and Elliott Group, and I have absolutely no doubt that the hotel will be a huge hit with our customers given the strength of Cork’s business economy and the amazing offer for leisure travellers in the city.

Premier Inn Cork City Centre is located at Morrison’s Quay, overlooking the River Lee, on a site with historical significance as the former location of Moore’s Hotel. The redevelopment has taken account sensitivity to the heritage location.

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment at the Irish Government, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome the Premier Inn to Cork with this multi-million euro investment and initial 40-strong workforce. Cork is the fastest growing city in Ireland and people from home and abroad are eager to visit so with that in mind, I wish the Premier Inn team every success with the opening.’

Responding to the undersupply of budget hotel rooms in Ireland, Whitbread aims to further expand its presence in towns and cities across the country. Rooms at the Cork City Centre Premier Inn can be booked from €53 on a Standard Rate and €66 for a Flex Rate, with the best rates available on www.premierinn.com.

Ryanair to commence new routes to Seville & La Rochelle from Cork Airport

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low fares airline, has said that it will launch its new routes from Cork Airport to Seville and La Rochelle for the first time this June bank holiday weekend (June 1 & 4 respectively) as part of the airline’s biggest ever Summer ’23 schedule.

This Summer, Ryanair will operate over 270 weekly flights across 29 routes to/from Cork Airport, including the new sunshine destinations – Seville and La Rochelle – offering southern customers/visitors more choice at budget fares when booking their summer holidays.

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Jade Kirwan, said: ‘As Cork’s No. 1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to operate our first flights from Cork Airport to Seville in Spain and La Rochelle in France this June bank holiday weekend as part of our biggest ever Summer ’23 schedule.

‘These two exciting new routes to Seville and La Rochelle add to our 27 routes currently operating to/from Cork Airport this Summer, including our new Venice and Rome routes, offering our customers in the south of Ireland even more choice and at the lowest fares when booking their Summer ’23 getaways.’

‘This record schedule is underpinned by Ryanair’s 3 based aircraft at Cork Airport, which represent a $300m investment and support over 1,300 local jobs while driving invaluable inbound tourism for the region too. We look forward to welcoming even more customers onboard our flights to/from Cork this Summer as Ryanair continues to deliver more traffic, connectivity, and lower fares than any other airline for Ireland.’

Barry Holland, Communications Manager at Cork Airport added: ‘This June Bank Holiday weekend will see the addition of two new summer routes to Seville, Spain and La Rochelle, France from Cork Airport. These two new Ryanair destinations will offer even more choice for passengers from across the South of Ireland when booking a summer getaway.’

Seville, the capital city of the Andalucia region in southern Spain, is known for its stunning architecture, authentic Spanish cuisine, and rich history. La Rochelle, on the France’s idyllic western coastline, is a thriving maritime city, located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with a picturesque harbour, charming old town and lively street cafes.

Southern customers/visitors can book the new Ryanair routes – Seville and La Rochelle – for fares from EUR29.99 one-way for travel until October 2023.

Ryanair commences new service to Cork from Newcastle

Irish low fares airline, Ryanair has commenced services from Newcastle International to Cork, marking the beginning of the service between the two cities.

The twice weekly service, which operates Fridays and Sundays throughout winter, is well scheduled for a weekend city break or a long holiday retreat. Ireland’s 2nd largest city, Cork is located near the southern coast of Ireland and is surrounded by colourful towns with rugged views. Cork is popular for its idyllic riverside walks and is considered the foodie capital of Ireland.

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International said: ‘Ryanair have made significant investments at Newcastle International Airport providing a great choice of destinations to the North East public including Milan, Riga, Barcelona and now Cork for the winter season. Cork’s bustling centre is a fantastic destination for city breaks and as well as a perfect starting point for Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way coastal driving route. We are excited for the opportunities that this route opens up, not only for North East passengers exploring Ireland, but also for passengers arriving into Newcastle to visit the beautiful North East of England.’

Acting Managing Director at Cork Airport, Roy O’Driscoll, said: Over the course of the winter season, we look forward to welcoming passengers from the north-east of England – from places like Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham and the surrounding areas, travelling to Cork on the new Ryanair service linking our two regions. Cork offers the quintessential Irish city break experience, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland, a thriving food scene and hotels, restaurants and pubs that are renowned for their world-class hospitality. In return, we hope that passengers from the wider Cork region will take the opportunity to visit Newcastle and north-east England to immerse themselves amongst the regions famed history, cultural attractions, sporting venues and vibrant nightlife.’

Tickets for fights to Cork, Ireland from Newcastle International Airport are now on sale at www.ryanair.com.

The Newcastle to Cork service comes as Ryanair launches its winter programme, which includes popular European cities such as Barcelona, Riga and Milan, alongside winter hot-spots including the Canary Islands.

Ryanair announces new flights to Barcelona and Cork from Newcastle International Airport

Irish airline Ryanair has announced new flights on sale to Barcelona and Cork, adding to the 19 other destinations currently available from Newcastle International Airport.

One of Europe’s most popular city break destinations, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona is known for its art and architecture, adorned with famous landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi.

The second largest city in Ireland, Cork is located on Ireland’s South West coast and is known as the country’s food capital.

On sale from November this year, the flights are available to book for fares starting from £19.99. A popular destination for travellers in the North East, passengers will be able to fly direct to Barcelona every Saturday and Tuesday, and to Cork every Friday and Sunday between November 2022 and March 2023. The new routes join a list of city breaks for 2022 including Milan in Italy and Riga in Latvia.

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development, said: ‘We are extremely pleased that Ryanair has chosen to operate even more destinations from Newcastle this year, further investing in the region and increasing the connectivity for the North East travelling public.

‘These two new routes offer fantastic city break opportunities for our leisure passengers. On top of this, I am confident they will also be popular with local businesses that already do business, or are looking to develop business links, in the two cities.’

Ryanair’s Director of Digital & Marketing, Dara Brady, said: ‘As Europe’s No.1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce our Winter ’22/23 schedule from Newcastle including two new routes to exciting destinations of Barcelona and Cork, both operating twice weekly from the end of October ’22.

‘We are pleased to offer Newcastle citizens more choices when choosing a destination for their Winter getaways and to also encourage Barcelona and Cork customers to book their next trip to Newcastle as soon as possible. To allow our customers to book early and at the lowest possible fares we have launched a limited-time seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 for travel from October ’22 until March ’23, which must be booked by Friday, 10th of June 2022 at Ryanair.com.’

Ryanair recently opened its new base at Newcastle International Airport, representing an investment of £150m.

Brittany Ferries launches twice-weekly Cork-Roscoff sailings

Brittany Ferries has said that its new midweek sailing connecting Cork with France will become a permanent feature of the company’s sailing schedule, as a mark of the company’s long-term commitment to Ireland, Irish tourism and the Port of Cork.

The Wednesday sailing is part of a new three-year deal signed by the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) and Brittany Ferries that was revealed on April 6 on board Armorique, which was docked in Ringaskiddy, Cork.

The new overnight weekly Roscoff Armorique sailing is in addition to the popular Pont-Aven, the flagship of the Brittany Ferries fleet which sails on Saturdays to Roscoff. The services enhance options for passengers, with bookings already registered for 2022 and beyond.

Brittany Ferries’ President, Jean-Marc Roue, Honorary Consul for Ireland in Brittany, stated: ‘Our relationship with Cork and indeed with Ireland has always been a happy and successful relationship. While the last two years have been difficult for us all, I am delighted to be in a position to confirm that this year our early bookings are up by over 35% on 2019 which was our last normal year due to Covid.

‘While most commentators focus on our numbers of Irish holidaymakers heading for France, the reality is that Brittany Ferries makes a larger contribution to Irish tourism. This year, once again, the split in our tourism traffic is 55% /45% in favour of the French taking a holiday in Ireland. I have no doubt that our expanded service will enhance these figures even more. The successful promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way in France and the ease of access to that product from Cork, along with the famous Irish welcome, has always been a compelling proposition for French holidaymakers’.

Port of Cork Company Chief Executive, Eoin McGettigan, stated: ‘This is a special day that not only celebrates our valued partnership with Brittany Ferries which proudly spans over four decades, but we also celebrate new beginnings with the addition of a new weekly sailing between Cork and France. Today, we are honoured also to be able to show Monsieur Roue and his colleagues the significant investment we have made to the Ringaskiddy facility.

‘These investments from the Port of Cork and from Brittany Ferries are symbols of optimism, ambition and celebrate the long-awaited ability for people both in Ireland and France to enjoy renewed freedom after such a challenging two-year period. We are greatly looking forward to seeing a strong and welcome return to tourism and travel between our beautiful countries.’

The Brittany Ferries Roscoff to Cork sailings run from April to October 2022.

Aer Lingus Regional expands service at Leeds Bradford Airport

Aer Lingus Regional has introduced new flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Cork Airport in the South of Ireland last week, media reports said.

The new route, operated by Stobart Air, will operate three times weekly. The new Cork-Leeds service is expected to improve business connectivity and increase tourism visitors to the Leeds City Region.

Following the launch of the new service, Martin Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air, said: ‘Aer Lingus is delighted to offer this new route to Ireland from Leeds Bradford to Cork and since announcing the new route, bookings have been strong for 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 Leeds Bradford.

‘Equally, we are confident that Leeds will prove to be a popular destination for the Irish visiting Yorkshire for both business and leisure travel. We look forward to working with the team at Leeds Bradford in growing and developing this route.’

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development director, added: ‘We expect regional businesses to take advantage of this new route and for those wanting a short break or holiday, Cork will not disappoint. With great food and lively entertainment you can be sure of a warm welcome and for visitors looking to venture out of Cork why not visit nearby picturesque Kinsale or explore the scenic walking routes along the coast. We expect this new route to become a firm favourite for Yorkshire visitors.’

The move comes as Aer Lingus Regional seeks to increase its passenger numbers at Cork by 60,000 in 2016 as part of an expansion under which it had announced two new routes at the airport and relaunches a third at Shannon. Besides the new Cork-Leeds route, the airline had in December 2015 said that it will launch a five times a week service to Southampton from Cork.

Aer Lingus Regional also said that it will relaunch its Shannon-Edinburgh route, operating six times a week, every day except Saturday, in March 2016. It said the re-launched route will add 35,000 new seats to its Shannon services next year, rising to 45,000 in 2017.

CityJet introduces new airlink from Cork to London City

Irish European regional airline CityJet has announced the introduction of a new airlink between Cork Airport and London City Airport, and will operate 18 weekly services commencing October 1.

The airline said that it will fly three times daily on week-days with its first flight from Cork to London City Airport (LCY) departing at 07.40am. It will also offer one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays from Cork.

Commenting on the plan, CityJet Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said: ‘We are very excited about this expansion of our route network. We believe the Cork to London City route has significant potential and indications are, as we launch a major marketing and promotional drive, that there are many travellers, both business and leisure, that want to enjoy the fast access and hassle-free experience that London City Airport offers.’

‘We are really looking forward to introducing ourselves to Cork and providing customers with a convenient and hassle-free service, with complimentary on-board catering and a generous 23kg free check-in baggage allowance.’

Welcoming CityJet’s announcement, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that CityJet has included a service between Cork Airport and London City to its schedule. It’s fantastic news for both business and leisure travellers from across the Munster region with easy access right into the heart of the city of London. Departure times and the convenience of both airports will make the service very attractive to potential passengers both here and in the UK. London has always been a popular destination and we believe that the new CityJet service will thrive over the coming months.

The Dublin-based airline said that Cork and the greater Munster region had significant potential for flights directly into the heart of the city of London. Cork is home to some of the major multinationals in the State and was a location of choice for pharma, healthcare, ICT and biotechnology companies.

‘Cork and its economy continues to thrive and grow. We want to partner that growth by delivering flights into the heart of London’s financial district and provide our unrivalled service for business and leisure travellers alike,’ Mr Byrne added.

CityJet has registered significant growth in traffic in recent months. CityJet recently announced a 50 per cent increase in passenger numbers in May year on year on its Dublin to London City route.

Ryanair Announces New Route from East Midlands to Cork

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has announced the launch of a new route from East Midlands Airport in England, to Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

The new, three times weekly route will commence operations from September 1, 2012, taking Ryanair’s total routes from East Midlands Airport to 37.

The company head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new East Midlands-Cork service starting in September 2012, which will be the 37th Ryanair route operating to/from East Midlands Airport.’

The airline is offering a celebratory fare of £12.99 for one million seats on flights to European destinations in July 2012.

The airline also intends to offer a new route from East Midland to Zadar, in Croatia, from July 2, 2012. Other new routes that the airline has recently commenced from East Midlands Airport include Barcelona (Spain); Almeria (Spain); La Rochelle (France); Corfu (Greece); Chania (Crete); and Rhodes (Greece).

The airline is currently offering new routes from Cork, to Alicante (Spain), which commenced from June 2, 2012; to Barcelona Reus (Spain) from June 1, 2012; to Bordeaux (France) from June 1, 2012; Carcassonne (France) from June 2, 2012; La Rochelle (France) June 3, 2012; and to Pisa (Italy) from June 1, 2012.

Ryanair has previously launched a separate website for hotel bookings, RyanairHotels.com. The new website is a collaboration between the airline and HotelsCombined.com, an Australia-based hotel price comparison search engine, and it offers a portfolio of around 300,000 hotels across Europe.