New scheduled route and new scheduled airline partner at Cork Airport for 2017
Cork Business Association welcomes today’s news that Volotea, the Spanish low cost carrier and new airline to the region, is to operate a new scheduled service to from Cork to Verona for 2017, Italy– the home of Romeo and Juliet.
The new Cork Airport –Verona-Villafranca Airport service, which commences in June 2017, will operate weekly through the summer season until September.
Volotea will fly a Boeing 717 on the route, adding 4,600 seats to the schedule of services from Munster next year. The news comes on foot of the recent World Routes aviation event, which took place in China where a team from Cork Airport met with a number of airlines to discuss potential opportunities for the region.
CBA Chief Executive Lawrence Owens said "This is a further boost not alone to Cork Airport in terms of increased capacity but to the region as it will certainly add to the tourist numbers visiting the Munster area. This very positive development further cements Cork Airport's position as the second largest airport in the state and we congratulate Niall and his team on delivering this new route for Cork.
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said, “We’re delighted to expand our choice of destinations with Volotea, a new scheduled airline partner. We have served Verona before as a charter destination but now travellers in both Munster and Northern Italy will be able to book flights online and this will increase tourism in both directions. 2016 has seen our traffic grow significantly and we are confident this growth will continue in 2017”.
The announcement has also been greeted warmly by local tourism stakeholders. Pat Dawson, ITAA CEO, welcomed the route, saying, “Verona is a delightful city, with a very relaxed place to visit and I would call on people from Cork to support this new service. The city was made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the house where Juliet reputedly lived draws thousands of tourists each year. Also, many of the ancient Roman ruins have been preserved, most notably the Arena, which is similar to the Colosseum in Rome”.
Aaron Mansworth, IHF Cork Branch Chairman also said, “This is great news for local tourism in Cork and Munster. The additional inbound visitors to the region will further boost the local economy. The addition of new routes at Cork Airport over the past 18 months has resulted in increased tourist numbers”.
Flights will be bookable on www.volotea.com shortly.