Cork Airport is expected to be the beneficiary of a major announcement on new routes from budget airline Ryanair today. The announcement is expected to centre around a series of routes from Cork to a number of sun destinations according to this morning’s Irish Examiner. The enwspaper speculates that Ryanair will undercut Aer Lingus prices and could offer deals to the popular sun locations for €60 return.
Ryanair Chief executive Michael O’Leary flies into Cork this morning to make the announcement before he jets off to New York to address an airline conference.
The airline is also expected to base a new aircraft at Cork Airport. Mr O’Leary said yesterday that Ryanair plans to “swamp” the sun destination market over the summer months with a raft of low fares. “We have 11 aircraft to allocate for the summer and there’s a number of airports bidding for them,” he said.
Aer Lingus operate flights from Cork to Alicante, Faro, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife but Ryanair is expected to offer prices for significantly less than what Aer Lingus are offering. Mr O’Leary said Ryanair will “explode” Aer Lingus’s market. He said fares to sun destinations will be higher than average but lower than others charge in those markets.
All Ireland champions Tyrone were beaten by a valiant 14 man Cork team in the GAA All Ireland Football semifinal at Croke Park today.
The All Ireland champions were outclassed by a Cork team that dominated throughout the field and at times in the second half looked as if it were they who had an extra man. Cork were reduced to 14 men late in the first half following a second yellow card for midfielder Alan O’Connor as a result of a perfectly executed dive by Tyrone’s Eoin Mulligan deep in the Cork half of the field.
Cork led by five points at half time after a brilliant first-half performance in which Daniel Goulding found the net after 8 minutes. Cork never looked back and led by 8 points at the 21 minute mark with 7 players scoring.
Despite the numerical advantage in the second half, Tyrone never closed the gap to less than 4 points.
Amid dramatic scenes in the semi final of the GAA Football Championship at Croke Park today, Cork converted an emphatic defeat into a draw in the final moments with goals from James Masters and John Hayes.