Courtesy Paul Daly 

Wizzair operated its final Cork Airport service last Saturday 18th May 2013 from Katowice (Poland) by HA-LPZ Airbus A320-232 c/n 4174 as W61013 (8YV) arriving thirty minutes ahead of schedule at 1849 with W61014 (5LE) becoming airborne from Cork at 1955 bring to a close the airline’s connection with Cork Airport which began in 2006.

In a tweet on Saturday Cork Airport said “Today marks the end of a great relationship with @flyWizzAir who served our Passengers with distinction & great service Thanks”.

In January it axed routes to Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland as well as Vilnius in Lithuania and announced on Thursday 7th March it wa ceasing its remaining routes to to Gdansk (April 7), Poznan (April 8) and Katowice (May 18).

Wizzair’s decision to discontinue less popular services to Cork in Ireland, reflected weakening demand on routes formerly used by immigrant workers, after immigration between Poland and Ireland is now down by 40% over its peak in 2007.  The airline will use the freed capacity to serve destinations Kristiansand, Larnaca and Naples that are more in line with the current market demand.

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