Aer Lingus has announced 10 new routes as part of its winter schedule for 2011/2012, including a route from Cork to Las Palmas on...

Aer Lingus has announced 10 new routes as part of its winter schedule for 2011/2012, including a route from Cork to Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The new service will operate once a week from Sunday, October 30. Aer Lingus already operates scheduled services from Ireland to Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura.

This winter, Aer Lingus will introduce three-times-weekly flights from Cork to Barcelona and a twice-weekly service from Cork to Rome.

In addition to 34 Airbus A320s, Aer Lingus' short-to-medium-haul fleet includes three A321-200s (one is shown here) and the carrier is expected to add four A319s starting in 2012

Aer Lingus will also extend its network to include twice-weekly services from Belfast to both Rome and Alicante.

The airline’s extensive route network from Dublin will add four weekly flights to Milan Malpensa Airport throughout the winter schedule, which Aer Lingus says is good news for ski and snowboarding enthusiasts seeking out the snow this winter. The carrier will also increase service frequency on its recently launched service from Dublin to Stuttgart to four flights a week.

Aer Lingus Regional’s services from Dublin to Aberdeen and Bristol will be extended into the winter months. Flights from Shannon to the increasingly popular city-break destination of Edinburgh will also be extended to operate throughout the winter.

“There is something for everyone in our winter schedule, whether you prefer winter sun in the Canary Islands or skiing in the Italian Alps, Aer Lingus has the holiday destination for you, combining great value fares with excellent in-flight service,” says Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus; director of communications.

Aer Lingus was founded by the Irish Government in April 1936 to provide air services to and from Ireland. The carrier’s first flight, from Dublin to Bristol, took place on May 27, 1936.

The carrier says its low-cost, low fare model is centered on maintaining a low unit cost, offering one-way fares, maintaining effective fleet utilization and developing the Aer Lingus brand. Consistent with this low-cost model, Aer Lingus’ primary distribution channel is its website,

In 2010, approximately 81 per cent of the carrier’s total passenger revenue was generated through

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