Id say its mainly a feeder for international flights out of gatwick. I wonder will ryanair respond.
when easyjet started on the route mick increased capacity and lowered the price big time. when he bullied easyjet out, he reduced the frequency to 1 a day and raised prices again.
I agree, it means Gatwick has now openened up much more flight possibilities for going onward from Cork, and with Ryanair doing lunchtime flights and Aer Lingus doing earlier and later times, it's good for this.
I was only looking at flights last week from Lisbon, and I discounted Gatwick as there was only 1 lunchtime flight from there back to Cork. Booked through Heathrow, but had I known this, I could have looked at other routings through Gatwick.
It will be interesting to see the Ryanair response. Their flight times are fine of you are just going directly to London, but not great if you are travelling onwards. It's probably less likely we will get intense price cutting, as Gatwick does not have the lower cost base of say Stanstead.
If he is coming to Cork for a press conference, then it has to be positive news, so I would expect new routes out of Cork to be announced.
Any airline who brings in a new route from an Irish airport,gets a deal on fees for a period of around 5 years. Ryanair pulled Frankfurt Hahn out of Shannon, as soon as the price deal ran out. They moved it to Kerry airport ! Which is a privately run airport.