Bring Back Flights Between Cork and Bristol
Want to fly between South West Ireland and South West England?
That hasn’t been possible since June 2021, not since the collapse of Stobart Air. It was announced that Emerald Airlines would take over the running of the Aer Lingus regional flights which included those between Cork and Bristol but so far only flights from Dublin seem to have been put into operation.
Asked in Spring 2022 about the re-instatement of the Cork to Bristol service Aer Lingus commented:
‘At this time, Aer Lingus does not operate this service. While our route planners are constantly looking for new opportunities, we would be unable to comment on future decisions for commercial reasons.’
An enquiry to Emerald Airlines did not receive a reply.
So, at this time there is no flight connecting the South West of Ireland and the South West of England, although this regular service was well used for many years in the past. There is therefore no easy route for family, friends, business people or tourists to travel to and from Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford on the one hand and Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales on the other.
Aside from any personal considerations, and there are many for many of us, this must be having an impact on businesses that depend on visitors in both regions. Do we not want to bring people to experience the Wild Atlantic Way for example? Isn’t bringing visitors to Cork the best way to start that experience?
We are the passengers who used this service regularly in the past, the customers who paid for it and valued it. We want to ask those who have the power and influence, in business and in government, to do everything possible to re-instate this vital link.
Please support our petition, over 800 people have in just two weeks, so that we can talk to those who can give us back what we had before.