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Cork Airport Welcomes New Aer Lingus Regional Service To Bristol

By Dave Simpson
Cork Airport Welcomes New Aer Lingus Regional Service To Bristol

A new six-times weekly Aer Lingus Regional service from Cork to Bristol has had its inaugural flight.


The new service, which will be operated by Emerald Airlines as part of the Aer Lingus Regional franchise, provides a new connection between the south of Ireland and the biggest city in the south-western UK. The new service is operated using an ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft, which emits 45% less CO₂ than regional jets, according to the French-based aircraft manufacturer.

The addition of Bristol to the expanded route network at Cork Airport opens direct air connectivity between the two cities. Bristol offers a variety of entertainment and cultural attractions, and the city is easy to explore on foot. The new service will also provide access to Wales, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall.



Speaking at the commencement of the new Aer Lingus Regional service to Bristol, Niall MacCarthy, managing director at Cork Airport, said, “Bristol has strong, unserved demand, following the resumption of international air travel, post-pandemic. We are thrilled to welcome Emerald Airlines – trading as Aer Lingus Regional – to Cork, to serve such an important route and opening up connections to south-west England and Wales. Our team will work very closely with Emerald Airlines to expand their route network further at Cork Airport in due course. We trust the travelling public flying from Cork will strongly welcome and support this new route.”

Speaking from Cork Airport on the occasion of the inaugural service to Bristol, Ciarán Smith, head of commercial at Emerald Airlines, said, “As we commence our flights from Cork to Bristol, we are pleased to offer increased connectivity and convenient timings to our customers. We are confident that this highly anticipated route will be well received by both business and leisure travellers, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with our partners in Cork Airport and Bristol Airport, ensuring the success of this service.”

Additional Information

The new service to Bristol brings to ten the number of direct UK routes available from Cork Airport, with the others being those to London Heathrow, London Stansted, London Gatwick, London Luton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and East Midlands.

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