New destination from Cork Airport to have economic dividend for Cork – Buttimer

Monday, 6th July 2015

  • Aer Lingus announces new route from Cork to Dusseldorf

150706 Cork Dusseldorf Anouncement - BannerThese new flights serving Dusseldorf offer a new destination from Cork Airport and will have an economic dividend for Cork City and County. This decision by Aer Lingus again underlines the obvious potential that exists for developing business at Cork Airport. The fact that it follows hot on the heels of a new route directly to London City Airport shows that airlines have confidence in both Cork Airport and our region.

The addition of an Aer Lingus flight to Dusseldorf further increases the choice of destinations on offer for passengers using Cork Airport. Already Cork Airport is the second busiest in the country offering more destinations than any airport outside of Dublin. Now that Cork Airport has a new route it reaffirms its status and demonstrates the progress that is being made in expanding the options available for both business and leisure travel.

Aer Lingus has clearly realised the potential that Cork Airport offers, recognising that it serves a region with a large population and is on the doorstep of an expanding business sector. This shows confidence by the airline in Cork Airport and in our County. Now we must ensure that this new route is marketed and promoted to ensure that it delivers for both the airline and our region.

Expanding the choice of destinations from Cork Airport is an important part of growing business and increasing passenger numbers. One aspect that needs to be addressed is the number of inbound passengers using the airport. We need to entice business people and tourists from the destinations served by Cork Airport to come to our city and county. This can only happen with a unified marketing strategy that sells Cork abroad. Fáilte Ireland and the two councils have a responsibility to fast-track their plans for developing a new marketing strategy for Cork and to ensure it is implemented as soon as possible.

 

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Economic, Tourism, Transport

Flights to London City a boost for business and tourism in Cork – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

  • CityJet announces 18 weekly flights between Cork Airport and London City Airport

CorkAirport2New CityJet flights connecting Cork directly with London City Airport is a boost for both business and tourism in Cork. Each week there will be an extra 18 flights that provide increased connectivity with an important economic centre. It is another new route for Cork Airport that again increases flight options for Cork for those using the airport.

London is a critical hub for Cork airport and increased capacity on the route will benefit everyone who uses the route. Recently we have received guarantees on connections to Heathrow, now we have new direct links to another London airport, both of which are important developments for Cork Airport and the region.

Now that this new flight is secured we must ensure that the new route is marketed and that Cork is promoted as a destination. We need to increase the number of inbound passengers using Cork Airport. This places an onus on tourism partners in Cork to develop a unified marketing strategy to promote the county internationally. We have a great product and this new flight linking Cork Airport and London City Airport shows the potential that the region has. To realise this potential we need Failte Ireland and the two Councils to fast-track their plans for developing a new marketing strategy for Cork.”

ENDS

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Tourism, Transport

Parliamentary Question: State Airports

Question to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Mr. Paschal Donohoe, TD)

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he recognises that reducing passenger numbers at Cork Airport needs to be addressed by a change in aviation policy; the measures he plans to take in order to assist in facilitating an increase in passenger numbers at Cork Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 17, June, 2015.

REPLY

The draft National Aviation Policy, which I intend to publish before the summer recess, sets out Government policy in relation to Cork Airport’s role as a key tourism and business gateway for its region, making particular reference to the development of key niche markets.

In line with the policy, our focus has been on exploiting the opportunity to grow inbound tourists to the Cork region, particularly in view of the fact that only 37% of Cork Airport’s passengers are inbound.

Following the successful ‘Grow Dublin Taskforce’, both local authorities, with Fáilte Ireland, are progressing a similar initiative to prepare a cohesive strategic plan for the development of Cork’s tourism potential. This strategy will focus on identifying and addressing Cork’s opportunities for growth and is due to be completed by November.

DAA, along with Cork Airport management, are also working to stabilise passenger numbers and return Cork Airport to growth.  Indeed, following on from the Government’s decision in relation to the IAG/Aer Lingus issue, I understand that there will be an announcement shortly with regard to a new service from the Airport.

However, local support in the region is a crucial component of any initiatives to reverse the current decline. It was disappointing that lack of support for the planned Cork-Prague and Cork-Ibiza routes was the reason cited by Czech Airlines for its decision not to commence operations on the routes.

The National Aviation Policy cannot address the issue of local support for the Airport. That is a matter for the people and businesses in the region. However, such support is critical to ensure the Airport’s future sustainability.

Posted under Cork, Parliamentary Questions, Tourism, Transport

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