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Aer Lingus Regional to fly to Newcastle from Cork Airport

Aer Lingus Regional will fly four times a week to Newcastle from Cork as part of a significant expansion at the airport.

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AER LINGUS REGIONAL has announced an expansion of its routes at Cork Airport, including a new flight to Newcastle.

The airline, which is operated by Aer Arann, will see an extra 50,000 seats on its routes and two new aircraft based at Cork Airport.

The new rout to Newcastle will fly four times a week, building on the recently-launched service from Dublin to Newcastle.

There will also be increased number of flights to Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Rennes.

The new services are expected to boost seat capacity at Cork Airport by 25 per cent next summer.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the government’s abolition of the air travel tax in October’s Budget 2014 has been a major boost for Ireland’s airports.

“I’m delighted that the airlines are responding in such a positive way to the Government’s suspension of the Air Travel Tax from next April. The new route and the extra capacity on existing routes into Cork is a significant boost for tourism and businesses,” he said.

“If we want to bring extra tourists, we need to offer the seats”.

Aer Lingus Regional is aiming to grow its passenger numbers from Cork to over 300,000 by the end of 2014, an increase of 20 per cent on current figures.

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