The new route, operated by Stobart Air, will operate three times weekly and passengers were entertained on St Patrick’s day before they boarded their flight.
Located on the Southwest coast of Ireland, Cork is the second largest city and this new service is expected to improve business connectivity and boost tourism in the Leeds City Region.
Martin Saxton, chief commercial officer at Stobart Air, said: "Aer Lingus is delighted to offer this new route to Ireland from Leeds Bradford to Cork and since announcing the new route, bookings have been strong for both leisure and business passengers.
“As one of Ireland’s main cities for business, culture and tourism, Cork is a perfect destination for a short break or longer holiday from Leeds Bradford.
“Equally, we are confident that Leeds will prove to be a popular destination for the Irish visiting Yorkshire for both business and leisure travel.
“We look forward to working with the team at Leeds Bradford in growing and developing this route."
Tony Hallwood Leeds Bradford® Airport’s aviation development director added: "Leeds Bradford welcomes the introduction of Aer Lingus’ new services to Ireland’s second city Cork, offering a perfect gateway to Southern Ireland.
“We expect regional businesses to take advantage of this new route and for those wanting a short break or holiday, Cork will not disappoint.
“With great food and lively entertainment you can be sure of a warm welcome and for visitors looking to venture out of Cork why not visit nearby picturesque Kinsale or explore the scenic walking routes along the coast.
“We expect this new route to become a firm favourite for Yorkshire visitors.”
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