Cork Airport suffered a major setback today with the announcement that Aer Arann is to abandon two routes from the Airport on September 1st.
The routes to Cork & Belfast face the axe as Aer Arann claims it has a fleet capacity issue.
While the Cork-Dublin route is currently also served by Ryanair, the Belfast route will be left without a carrier.
The move is also a blow to passengers who travel from Cork to Derry airport as Aer Arann operated a link via Dublin to the Northern city. Passengers traveling to Derry will now have to take the much less convenient Ryanair-AerArann connection in Dublin.
Aer Lingus Regional, in partnership with Aer Arann, has announced an increased service at Cork Airport. The increased schedule will see visitors come to the Southern Irish airport from Manchester and Birmingham airports in the UK. The new schedule will be operated from october of this year.
Aer Lingus Regional is a franchise brand used for commuter and regional flights operated by Aer Arann on behalf of Aer Lingus. The partnership was first announced in January 2010 and since then has been adding routes.
Aer Arann has today launched new routes connecting Cork Airport to Derry, Donegal, Galway and Knock via Dublin Airport. This is a major breakthrough for people traveling for business or leisure and could save considerable time.
As someone who often embarks on the almost 400 mile journey from Skibbereen to Carndonagh in North Donegal, I particularly welcome the Cork Airport – Derry Airport link.
The move is expected to bolster the Cork-Dublin route for Aer Arann which has come under considerable competitive pressure from RyanAir. The connecting flights to the four regional airports will make the AerArann option much more attractive to passengers. While more expensive on the headline price, Aer Arann often works out cheaper as they do not charge for baggage or check-in.
Up to this announcement Aer Arann already operated scheduled services on 40 different routes between Ireland, France, and the United Kingdom with over 600 flights per week.