Published on February 28th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


New Aer Lingus Regional Service To Bristol from Cork Airport

Cork Airport and Emerald Airlines have announced a new six-times weekly service to Bristol from 28th April. The airline will operate the Cork to Bristol route using an ATR-72. In addition to launching this sought-after service in the Munster region, the airline is commencing a new service linking Belfast City with the Isle of Man. That route will commence on 24th April five times per week, increasing to 6 weekly for the peak Summer.

Welcoming the new route announcement, Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said: “We are thrilled to welcome Emerald Airlines, operating as Aer Lingus Regional to Cork Airport. The Bristol route from Cork has huge pent-up demand for leisure and business customers travelling in both directions. Emerald Airlines will deliver a top-class service and I am confident that people across the South of Ireland will strongly support this new service.”

Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines, Ciarán Smith said: “Today’s announcement is a much anticipated one and will no doubt be warmly welcomed by passengers travelling for both business and travel pleasure purposes. We are delighted to be providing increased travel options from Cork and look forward to working alongside our counterparts at Cork Airport to ensure the great success of this route. With more flights and more choice for the travelling public, we are progressively bolstering our 2023 schedule, with over 2.5 million seats on sale, across 30 routes and 19 destinations in Ireland, UK, and Channel Islands.”

Head of Aviation Business Development at Cork Airport, Tara Finn added: “Cork Airport has bounced back very strongly in 2023 with the support of the Irish Government and our loyal passenger base across the South of Ireland. The passenger experience at Cork Airport is friendly, convenient, and hassle-free. We welcome Emerald Airlines, operating as Aer Lingus Regional to Cork Airport and I am sure that they will grow their presence strongly here in the future.”

Bristol is a vibrant city with an eclectic mix of culture, history, and entertainment and provides superb access to Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, and the wider South-West of England. Somerset is renowned for its picturesque countryside, including the spectacular Cheddar Gorge and Exmoor National Park. Devon boasts beautiful beaches and rugged coastlines, while Cornwall is home to an abundance of pretty fishing villages and popular surfing spots.

This summer, Cork Airport will offer 45 scheduled routes serving the UK, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and Croatia. Nine scheduled airlines will operate services at Cork Airport in 2023 – Ryanair, Aer Lingus, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, Vueling, SWISS, TUI, and Emerald Airlines, operating under the Aer Lingus Regional brand.

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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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