Ryanair is to operate two new winter services between Cork Airport and Rome's Fiumicino Airport and Newcastle International in the UK.

The new routes will begin in October and will operate twice weekly through the winter travel season.

The move will bring to 27 the total number of Ryanair routes available from Cork this year.

"The people of Cork and Munster have asked for a direct route to Rome for years and we hope this exciting new route to Europe's third-largest capital city will prove popular with both Irish outbound and Italian inbound visitors alike," said Head of Aviation Business Development at Cork Airport, Tara Finn.

"The welcome addition of Newcastle will cater to both Irish and UK visitors, but also for those travelling to Premier League games in the 2022/2023 season."

Like all Irish airports, Cork is working to rebuild lost capacity following the impact of the pandemic on travel.

The Government has put in place an incentive scheme to help fuel the introduction of routes from the country's main airports in order to boost connectivity.