Published on October 8th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer0
Swiss To Grow Cork-Zurich Service for Summer 2020
Cork Airport has welcomed the news that Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to increase and expand its Cork-Zurich service for Summer 2020. The airline will operate an Airbus A220-100/A220-300 offering four flights per week – on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday commencing on 29th March running until 20th October. The announcement means a 7% increase on capacity versus Summer 2019 with an additional 2,022 seats on offer and an expansion on its summer season to 30 weeks compared to 27 weeks in 2019.
Niall MacCarthy Managing Director at Cork Airport said “We are thrilled to see SWISS expand its services and increase capacity from Cork Airport again next summer. It is a testament to Swiss International Air Lines confidence in the route. We are confident that with the extended season with SWISS this will further add to Cork Airport’s impressive growth to date, attracting even more holiday and business visitors to the South of Ireland region for 2020.’’
Announcing the extended season for the service in 2020 Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland and Iceland for the Lufthansa Group, said “Cork continues to be an important destination within the SWISS network. Since introducing the route in 2017, demand has continued to grow so we have responded with another increase in overall capacity.”
2 Million Passengers for Cork in the First Nine Months of 2019
Passenger numbers at Cork Airport have increased by 9% to just over 2 million in the first nine months of this year. Cork Airport welcomed its two millionth passenger of 2019 on the last weekend of September. The airport is enjoying its fourth consecutive year of growth and is expecting to hit 2.6 million passengers by the end of the year, which would be an 8% increase for the full year.
Traffic has already increased by 16% over the past three years and this year’s stellar performance means that passenger numbers will have increased by 25% in four years (2.1m in 2015 v 2.6m expected in 2019).
“Passenger numbers at Cork Airport are thriving and it is the fastest growing airport on the island of Ireland in the first three quarters of this year,” said Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy. “We have already announced six new routes and service expansions for 2020 and we are expecting more good news in the next few weeks for 2020 which will further increase consumer choice into and out of Cork.
“Airlines are increasingly choosing to place new business at Cork Airport as they see a commercial return from an efficient and strong airport. We intend, with our experienced and professional local management team working with the strong backing of daa group, to retain the mantle of Ireland’s fastest growing airport into 2020. This is despite the undoubted challenges which lie ahead with Brexit. Twelve new route announcements in as many months and further growth announcements in the past week by Ryanair, SWISS and TUI all point to strong airline confidence in the market we serve right across the South of Ireland”.
Meanwhile TUI will increase its capacity by 11% at Cork Airport next summer and will operate three times weekly, using its own chartered aircraft under its own brand. In 2020 TUI will operate a new service to Lanzarote, and continue existing routes to Reus, and Palma. This brings TUI to 31,500 two-way seats next year, up from 28,500 in 2019.
There are over 50 routes on offer from Cork Airport to the UK and Continental Europe. Multiple daily long-haul connections worldwide through major European hub airports also continue to drive Cork Airport’s growth.