CBA Welcomes New Zurich route From Cork Airport

                     SWISS plans new Cork -  Zurich route

Swiss international Air Lines ( SWISS) will launch a new seasonal service between Cork and Zurich this summer. The Airline will operate a weekly service from Cork from June and August. SWISS plans to operate a selection of its new non-stop Cork services with its short -and medium-haul fleet,among them its advanced new Bombardier C Series 100 twinjet.SWISS was the first airline in the world to operate this newly- developed aircraft. It sets new industry benchmarks in inflight comfort, innovation and technology,so this summer SWISS passengers can sit back, relax and look forward to their alpine getaway.

Andreas Koster, senior director sales UK,Ireland,Iceland said " We are delighted to be offering a new seasonal service from Southern Ireland and hope the introduction of this service will provide our customers with convenient and an affordable way to visit the many beautiful regions of Switzerland during the summer season.

Welcoming Swiss, a new airline to the region, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “We are delighted that Swiss has come onboard as our newest partner and we have been working with them for some time to secure the new route for the south of Ireland. We believe that the route has great potential from both an outbound as well as an inbound market. Switzerland has been a target market of ours, primarily due to its close business and pharmaceutical connections with the region. But also, we have the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, both right on our doorstep.

“The Swiss capital has plenty to offer those flying from Cork; Munster outbound tourists can take in the city and nearby alpine sights. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with yet another new airline starting operations in Cork in 2017”.

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. The alpine epicentre for Swiss business and tourism offers passengers some of the best chocolate and timepieces in the world. From a business perspective, Switzerland currently imports 5.5% of all Irish exports annually.

Commenting CBA Chief Executive said " This is another exciting route option from Cork Airport and it adds to the many positive announcements from Cork Airport over the past year. Niall McCarthy and his team are to be congratulated for not alone continuing to develop new routes but steadily increasing the capacity on existing services"

Pat Dawson, CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association said: “We look forward to working with Cork Airport in making this new service a resounding success. Swiss tourists will be able to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, with both journeys beginning in Cork.

“Likewise, we encourage the people of the South of Ireland to support Swiss colleagues when planning business and leisure travel to Switzerland”, he continued.

Swiss International Air, Switzerland’s national carrier, is part of the Lufthansa Group and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline grouping. The partnership is a further boost to the steady increase in capacity and routes that Cork Airport, the gateway to the South of Ireland is providing to passengers.


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