THE announcement that Cork Airport will welcome scheduled flights to the US from next year met with a very positive response last week.
Cork Airport said the decision, by Norwegian Airlines, to launch Cork’s first ever scheduled transatlantic services was a huge boost for the airport.
Norwegian announced that it plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service from next May and that it also intends to launch a new Cork-New York service in 2017. A Cork-Barcelona service is also planned from May 2016.
‘Cork Airport has long sought a service to the United States and we are thrilled that our customers will be able to fly direct from Cork to Boston next year, and that we’ll have flights to New York in 2017,’ said Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy.
The new short and long-haul routes comprise a Cork to Boston route (May 2016) with 4-5 flights per week; Cork to New York (2017), and Cork to Barcelona (May 2016) with 4-5 flights per week.
The airline plans to operate its new services with a narrow bodied Boeing 737-800 aircraft and the new Boeing 737MAX, when it becomes available. Meanwhile, CityJet starts its 18-times-per-week service to London City Airport this week, and Aer Lingus will launch Cork-Dusseldorf next summer.
The US flights were also welcomed by tech giant EMC in Ballincollig, whose MD Bob Savage told the Star: ‘Boston is the site of our global headquarters, and the journey from Ireland to the American East Coast and vice versa is one made regularly by all levels of EMC employees. The route to Boston will allow greater collaboration between our teams on both sides of the Atlantic.’