1 Oct 2021

Ryanair to Reopen Cork Base and Offer 20 Routes from Cork Airport

Ryanair has announced a 170 million investment in Cork airport and a return to pre-pandemic passenger capacity. This significant announcement is a strong show of confidence in the region and will be a major boost for jobs, tourism, and connectivity.

Ryanair’s base will reopen from December operating 12 routes for the winter months and 20 routes for summer 2022 including two new routes to Edinburgh and Birmingham generating 60 Ryanair jobs. Ryanair will station two Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Cork airport, the first from December and the second from March 2022.

Ryanair’s Cork winter 2021/’22 schedule will serve Alicante, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Malaga, Poznań, and Tenerife.

The summer ’22 schedule will also serve Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Faro, Girona, Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Milan Bergamo, and Reus.

Cork Fine Gael senator and Oireachtas transport committee member Jerry Buttimer described yesterday’s announcement as “wonderful news”, adding that it was critical Government policy in aviation “reflects the importance of the regions, and in particular Cork Airport”.

Fianna Fáil councillor Colm Kelleher, the lord mayor, said: “I welcome the announcement made by Ryanair. The 170 million investment, along with the addition of two new routes, solidifies Ryanair’s commitment to Cork. This announcement is not only positive on the jobs front for the airline industry in Cork, but it also provides a massive boost to the local economy as a whole.”