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

European funding for Port of Cork will support local economy – Buttimer

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

  • €12.7 million for the Port of Cork from EU’s Connecting Europe Facility
  • Funding to be used for phase one of Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project

AerialRingaskiddy1The Port of Cork is a crucial to our economy and this funding from Europe will ensure that it continues to serve businesses in the Cork region and support job creation for years to come. This €12.7 million will be used to part fund the first phase of the Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project which was given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala in May.

The redevelopment of the Port of Cork will ensure that future connectivity needs are met. We need a port that facilitates business and economic expansion, the plans that are in place will deliver on this front. It will enable the Port of Cork to continue as a vital regional and national port that plays an important part in the overall European transport network.

As well as benefitting the economy the development of an expanded container terminal will also create much needed direct employment. This will create new construction jobs as this project is developed benefitting many families in Cork.

For two centuries the Port of Cork has supported our local economy and provided an economic link to the world. The future plans for the Port and this funding will help to ensure that it continues to serve our local community for many more years to come.

ENDS

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Economic, Transport

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