Competition at Ireland's Cork Airport spurs new routes

Cork Airport, located in Ireland, has reported competition between Ryanair and Are Lingus could benefit passengers as the airlines add new routes, the company said.

Ryanair has announced it will fly from Cork to the Hungarian capital Budapest from April next year, the fourth new route it has added in recent weeks. The airline said it is aiming to carry 1.1m passengers through Cork next year, or growth of around 20%, after it added Malta, Luton and Poznan to its schedule.

Cork Airport is forecasting growth of 4% overall this year, with scheduled flights to over 40 destinations operated by nine airlines.

Ryanair flights to Luton begin in October, Malta in March, and Poznan in April. The airline is also extending its summer service from Cork to Faro into the winter season, making it a year-round service.

There are now 16 Ryanair routes operating out of Cork. The IAG-owned airline is planning to combat Ryanair´s bid for Cork Airport domination by extending its own services in the coming months.