Aer Lingus Regional is to introduce Ireland’s first direct service to Cornwall next summer.
The service from Dublin Airport to Newquay Cornwall Airport will begin on 1 May 2015. Initially, there will be four flights a week – Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – increasing to five a week – Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – in the peak summer season, from 27 June to 5 September 2015.
The airline is targeting 20,000 passengers in the first year.
Tickets will be available for booking on aerlingus.com in the coming weeks.
“We are confident that it will become a popular route, and a key part of our summer services,” said Julian Carr, managing director of Stobart Air, which operates Aer Lingus Regional. “The addition of Newquay, our 13th route from Dublin Airport, reflects the ongoing success of our airline in providing value and key connections for our customers.
“Cornwall and South West England have a great deal to offer, maintaining their own unique culture and history through numerous heritage and leisure sites, arts and language festivals, and varied cuisine.”
“Cornwall is a very popular tourist destination and I’m sure this new direct service will prove popular both with Irish people holidaying in Cornwall, and with Cornish residents visiting Ireland for business and pleasure,” said Vincent Harrison, managing director of Dublin Airport.
“This new route will also offer a convenient transatlantic connection via Dublin for passengers in the South West of England, and we’ll be working closely with Stobart Air to promote this new service and the enhanced connectivity that it brings to both Ireland and Britain.”
“Our customers have been demanding this connection and Dublin has been a key focus of the airport’s route development strategy which aims to grow our sustainable route portfolio across multiple airlines,” said Al Titterington, managing director of Newquay Cornwall Airport.