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New Cork to Zurich flight route opens today

The twice-weekly flights will operate until September, with a view to them being extended if the route is popular.

Cork Airport Fire & Rescue service welcome Swiss Air to Cork.
Cork Airport Fire & Rescue service welcome Swiss Air to Cork.
Image: Cork Airport Police/Fire & Rescue Service via Facebook

A NEW CORK to Zurich flight route has started operating today.

The route will operate twice weekly from Cork Airport to Zurich Airport in Switzerland.

The Swiss International Airlines flights will run until September, with a view to them being extended if the route is popular.

Speaking as the inaugural flight landed today, Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber, said: “With this new route to Zurich, Swiss visitors will arrive right here on our doorstep. Ensuring that more people fly directly into Cork is key to growing the number, spend and length of stay of tourists in the city and county.

“In the past few months we have seen the number of trips to Ireland from mainland Europe grow by 2.2% which is hugely important to both the national and local economies. Tourism in Cork already supports 19,000 jobs and contributes more than €800 million to the local economy every year.”

Healy said the move is also good news for local business people who need to travel to mainland Europe.

In a Cork Chamber survey of members undertaken in December about future route development from Cork Airport, Switzerland emerged among the top 10 most wanted destinations.

“We hope that there will be strong take-up of the flights so we can build on and expand this route after September,” Healy added.

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