Published on May 29th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Cork Airport shortlisted for ACI Best Airport Awards as new route launched to Verona

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea launched a new route to the Northern Italian city of Verona which started on Saturday, May 27th. Most famous as the home of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, the quiet and picturesque city of Verona offers the best of Italian cuisine, culture and climate. Just one hour away from Venice, Verona offers holidays makers an authentic Italian experience away from the beaten tourist track.

Head of Communications at Cork Airport Kevin Cullinane said: “We are 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.

“Unlike Romeo and Juliet’s tragic tale, a trip to Verona has so much to offer passengers from the South of Ireland. Travellers can meander through the winding streets of one of Italy’s prettiest cities, all the while enjoying the great food and culture that Italy has to offer”, he added.

The new Cork Airport – Verona-Villafranca Airport service 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 for this year. The first flight was operated by Boeing 717-200 EC-MGT.

Volotea operate a fleet 27 aircraft made up of eight Airbus A319’s, 17 Boeing 717’s and two Boeing 737’s. All eight A319’s are Irish registered while 13 of the 717’s are Irish registered.

Cork Airport has also been shortlisted for the ACI Europe Best Airport Awards in the “Airport under 5 million” category. The awards recognise excellence and achievement across a whole range of disciplines relating to airport operations. The 2017 award entries will be assessed by a panel of expert judges and key institutional stakeholders. Winners will be announced in front of an audience of 400 Chief Executives and industry leaders as part of the proceedings of the Gala Dinner at the 27th ACI EUROPE General Assembly, Congress and Exhibition 2017 in Paris. The finalists in the category are;

  • Southampton Airport
  • London City Airport
  • Cork Airport
  • Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda
  • Krakow Airport
  • Skopje Airport
  • Varna and Burgas Airport

The award was one by Keflavik International Airport in 2016 and London City Airport in 2014 and 2015. Dublin Airport has been shortlisted in the “Airports over 25 million” category and will compete with Madrid Barajas and London Heathrow Airports.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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