CITYJET will offer 18 flights a week between Cork Airport and London City Airport on a new route due to launch in October.
The airline will fly three times daily on weekdays, with its first flight from London to Cork departing at 9.35am on October 1.
It will also offer one flight out of London on Saturdays and two on Sundays, they confirmed today.
Headquartered in Swords, Co Dublin, the airline believes its newest route will bring benefits to both business and leisure travellers moving between the two cities.
Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said: “We are very excited about this expansion of our route network. We believe the London City to Cork route has significant potential and indications are, as we launch a major marketing and promotional drive, that there are many travellers, both business and leisure, that want to enjoy the fast access and hassle-free experience that London City Airport offers.”
He added: “Our experience in operating into and out of London City Airport is that any passengers who try it remain on the route. It is the only airport actually in London and offers easy access to those living and working in central and east London, especially our target market in the City of London and Canary Wharf financial districts.
"We are really looking forward to introducing ourselves to Cork and providing customers with a convenient and hassle-free service, with complimentary on-board catering and a generous 23kg free check-in baggage allowance”.
Welcoming CityJet’s announcement, Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said: “We’re delighted that CityJet has included a service between London City Airport and Cork to its schedule. It’s fantastic news for both business and leisure travellers from across London with easy access right into Cork’s city centre and the Munster region.”
He added: “Departure times and the convenience of both airports will make the service very attractive to potential passengers both here and in Ireland. Cork is a stunning city with lots to offer and we believe that the new CityJet service will thrive over the coming months."