Belfast Telegraph

Airline launches inter-city service

By Heather McGarrigle

Manx2.com is set to add another flight to its Ireland schedule. The company, based in the Isle of Man, will launch a new direct link between Belfast City and Cork on September 8. From this date two return flights will operate every weekday with a late flight on Sunday nights.

Manx2.com has announced the new direct route following news that Aer Arann is withdrawing from the route at the end of this month.

Chairman Noel Hayes said: "We are acutely aware of the need to maintain and improve connectivity in Ireland, particularly in difficult economic times. Last month we started services from Cork to Galway and Galway to Belfast, and after a quiet start these services are growing strongly as our reputation for reliability and good customer service has become established in the local market.

"Our model is based on operating 19-seat aircraft at frequencies the larger operators cannot match. It also means we can profitably operate some thinner routes which won't work for bigger operators either due to their fleet size or changes in the market.

"We are delighted to announce we will be maintaining and enhancing air links between Cork and Belfast. With 14 flights per week we are improving connectivity between Ireland's second and third-largest cities.

Cork Airport aviation marketing manager Kevin Cullinane said: "We are very pleased to see a further commitment to Cork with today's announcement of a resumption of a double-daily service between Cork and Belfast from September 8. This commitment comes during a difficult economic climate and the increased services to both Galway and Belfast show the importance of inter-city connectivity between the major cities on the island of Ireland."

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