Aer Lingus has announced two new routes from Cork Airport for next Summer, bringing to 23 the number of routes served by the airline from Cork.

A new Aer Lingus route to Nice in France will start on May 1 while a new service to Dubrovnik in Croatia will take off from May 4.

News of the new routes come ahead of Aer Lingus' inaugural flight from Cork Airport to Lisbon this evening, which will operate all year round on Mondays and Fridays.

Over 50 routes will now be on offer from Cork Airport from next summer across the UK, continental Europe and the US. 

It is forecasted that 2.6 million passengers will travel through Cork Airport next year, up 7% on 2018.

Cork Airport's Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said that Aer Lingus is the airport's longest serving and biggest airline partner. 

"We are delighted to see the airline continuing to grow and invest in Cork with Nice and Dubrovnik flights now bookable for 2019, along with the commencement this week of a new year-round Lisbon route," he added.