Newquay Cornwall Airport has announced details of a new service with Aer Lingus, flying to Dublin.
The new route is set to get underway in May, operating up to five times a week.
It brings a new airline brand and destination to the airport and signifies the start of a new commercial relationship with Aer Lingus.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, is targeting 20,000 passengers in the first year of service.
Initially, there will be four flights per week – Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – increasing to five flights per week – Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – in the peak summer months, from June 27 to September 5.
Airport MD, Al Titterington, said: “I am delighted to announce this exciting new service to Dublin with a high profile airline like Aer Lingus.
“Our customers have been demanding this connection and Dublin has been a key focus of the airport’s route development strategy which aims to grow our sustainable route portfolio across multiple airlines.
“We expect the route to be very popular, especially inbound visitors from Ireland, and will also offer seamless connectivity to the USA where passengers can pre-clear customs and immigration in Dublin.”
Julian Carr, MD of Stobart Air, said: “Aer Lingus Regional is very pleased to be offering Ireland’s first route to Cornwall. We are confident that it will become a popular route, and a key part of our summer services.”
Councillor Adam Paynter, the portfolio holder for partnerships, added: “Today’s announcement is more great news for the airport and for Cornwall.
“The introduction of this route will bring significant numbers to Cornwall next year, which ultimately will support local tourism. The county relies heavily on visitors from outside the region and to have a quick and convenient connection with Ireland will bring significant economic benefits.”