Cheap flights carrier Ryanair will introduce flights to Alicante, Barcelona (Reus) and Bordeaux from Cork ahead of this year’s summer season.
The airline will also launch flights to Faro, La Rochelle, Lanzarote and Malaga during June, July and August and base an additional aircraft at the Irish airport.
It is expected that, during the three month period, the new routes will see an extra 40,000 passengers pass through Cork.
Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O’Leary said the new routes will allow many families in Munster to "escape to the sun" this summer.
The carrier announced last month that it had grown 13 percent during 2009 after it accommodated 65 million passengers.
This was an increase of more than 13 percent – seven million people – compared to 2008’s total.
In December alone, Ryanair carried five million passengers, a 12 percent rise from the figure recorded 12 months previously.
A monthly record was achieved in July, when the airline transported six million passengers for the first time.