Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, of the expansion of its services to Cork Airport – with the addition of 50,000 seats, including a new flight from Newcastle four times a week and expanded services on existing routes from Manchester and Bristol. Aer Lingus Regional flights from Rennes to Cork will also increase, from April of next year. Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland and these services will certainly provide a welcome boost for tourism from the important British market to Cork and the South of Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The expansion by Aer Lingus Regional of its services to Cork is wonderful news and will increase travel options for British holiday and business visitors to Cork and the South of Ireland in 2014. We look forward to working closely with Aer Lingus Regional and Cork Airport to maximise the promotion of the routes and to help drive demand for the flights. As an island destination, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with air and sea carriers, airports and other tourism interests, to drive demand for new services to Ireland and to help maintain our vital network of routes.”
Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 087-685 9027
Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
• By the end of 2013, an estimated 8 million overseas visitors will have come to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.64 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.