Whether you live in Boston, Birmingham or Brussels direct air travel to Ireland is simple. The largest airport is Dublin but you can jump straight into the real heart of Ireland, the West Coast, if you fly direct to Shannon, Cork or Kerry Airport.
From the U.K. air travel to the West Coast of Ireland is simple!
You could be tucked up next to a peat fire sipping your first glass of Guinness in under an hour and a half. I live near to London so fly regularly from London Stansted to Kerry Airport. Landing against the stunning backdrop of the Ring of Kerry is a wonderful experience and instantly relaxing.
Alternatively I could fly from Gatwick to Cork Airport and the transfer time to County Kerry would still only be an hour and a half. Just as ideal for a refreshing short break.
In recent years it has become possible to fly into Cork Airport from every corner of the U.K. So if, like I did, you have a longing to visit the Emerald Isle then below is a list of the airlines flying to Ireland:
• Aer Lingus fly from Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester.
• Ryan Air flies from Liverpool, Stansted and Gatwick.
• BMI Baby also flies from Manchester, as well as the East Midlands.
• Air Southwest fly from Plymouth and Newquay.
• Jet 2 fly from Newcastle.
• And finally the excellent Air Arran flies from Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Southampton.
From virtually anywhere in U.K air travel to Ireland is effortless.
What if you are flying from North America to Ireland? For the shortest flight times fly directly to Shannon airport. Average flight times from New York to Shannon are under seven and a half hours and from there once you have organised your car rental then you can begin your tour of Ireland - County Kerry is just a short two hour drive away!
The major carriers are:
• Aer Lingus,
• and American Airlines.
Alternatively you can fly straight into Dublin. In which case you should definitely read about getting from Dublin to Kerry.
Perhaps you are planning a Scotland Ireland vacation or an England Ireland vacation? In which case why not read up on all the small low budget airlines that fly from all over the UK to Irleand. It may be possible to fly to London explore England, Wales and Scotland before flying from Edinburgh to Cork and touring the West coast of Ireland.
The possibilities to be truly independent with your travel plans are endless and getting cheaper all the time thanks to the internet!
Air Travel to Ireland from mainland Europe is increasingly popular. As a result more cheap flights to Ireland are becoming available all the time. If you are planning to explore County Kerry and the South West coast of Ireland your best option is to fly to Cork Airport or Shannon Airport.
Ryan Air have direct flights to Shannon Airport from:
• Paris, Brussels, Alicante, Malaga, Faro, Krakow, Wroclaw, Lodz, Lanzarote, Las Palmas and Tenerife.
Aer Lingus fly to Cork Airport from:
• Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich, Rome, Geneva, Nice, Katowice, Lisbon, Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife and Faro.
And Wizz Air also fly to Cork Airport from:
• Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw.
From Summer 2010 it will be possible to fly directly into Kerry Airport from Alicante through Ryanair.
Finally for all those looking for air travel to Ireland from Asia, Africa and Australasia you should look for flights into London Heathrow before transferring to Cork Airport with Aer Lingus.