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, The new website is a collaboration between the airline and, an Australia-based hotel price comparison search engine, and it offers a portfolio of around 300,000 hotels across Europe.