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Ryanair has launched its big­gest ever Lon­don S 2019 sched­ule, in­tro­duc­ing 23 new ser­vices, mak­ing for a to­tal of 180 routes from the UK cap­i­tal. These in­clude three at Stansted (Kiev, Lviv and Nantes), six at Lu­ton (Al­i­cante, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Cork and Malaga) and an im­pres­sive 14 at Southend (in­clud­ing Dublin, Al­i­cante, Bil­bao, Brest, Copen­hagen, Cluj and Corfu).

This month also sees good news for Cork Air­port, with Ryanair an­nounc­ing a new route to Malta. As of March 2019, trav­ellers can fly di­rect to the is­land coun­try, which lies south of Sicily in the Mediter­ranean Sea. Ryanair’s Sum­mer 2019 Sched­ule will also com­mence a twice weekly ser­vice to Bu­dapest, start­ing in April.

This comes just in time for the pop­u­lar Bu­dapest Spring Fes­ti­val, which fea­tures a range of live mu­sic per­for­mances from in­ter­na­tional and Hun­gar­ian artists along­side gallery vis­its, mu­seum tours and work­shops over three weeks.

For those trav­el­ling fur­ther afield, Aer Lin­gus have an­nounced they will be op­er­at­ing two new North Amer­i­can desti­na­tions. From sum­mer 2019, the air­line will fly di­rect from Dublin to Min­neapo­lis-St Paul and Trudeau In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Mon­treal. These new ad­di­tions mark the big­gest ever transat­lantic ex­pan­sion in the air­line’s his­tory. With Min­neapo­lis the home­town of mu­sic icons Prince and Bob Dy­lan, and em­i­gra­tion from Ire­land to Canada con­tin­u­ally ris­ing, this comes as par­tic­u­larly wel­come news. Speak­ing at the launch, Aer Lin­gus CEO Stephen Ka­vanagh said, “these desti­na­tions each have a rich her­itage, vi­brant cul­ture and much to of­fer vis­i­tors trav­el­ling for busi­ness or leisure.” The route to Mon­treal will launch on July 8, 2019 while the route to Min­neapo­lis-St Paul will take off on Au­gust 8, with both op­er­at­ing a daily ser­vice.

For those who do avail of Aer Lin­gus’ new di­rect route to Min­neapo­lis, a visit to Prince’s ex­tra­or­di­nary es­tate, Pais­ley Park, is a must. Vis­i­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand what it was like for Prince to cre­ate, pro­duce and per­form in­side this pri­vate sanc­tu­ary and re­mark­able pro­duc­tion com­plex. The Prince mu­seum rounds out the in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. Es­sen­tial for any mu­sic fan!

Buda Cas­tle, Bu­dapest

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