Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced that the airline will operate a service from Cork Airport to Cornwall Airport Newquay beginning 6 May for summer 2017.

Operating twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday, the service brings to nine the number of Aer Lingus Regional routes from Cork Airport in summer 2017. Aer Lingus Regional expects to carry over 330,000 passengers through Cork Airport in 2017, up 7% on 2016.

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport welcomed the announcement: “This news is great for anyone from the South of Ireland planning their summer getaway. Cornwall is a stunning part of the UK, renowned for its surf and scenery with an abundance of things to see and do.

“The county is home to some unique attractions such as the Eden Project, as well as some delicious traditional British cuisine, making it ideal for families, surfers, sailors and walkers alike, who are seeking a destination closer to home.

“Furthermore, when you consider that the UK is Ireland’s largest market for inbound tourism, the new route enables more opportunity to showcase Ireland’s Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way”.