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Ryanair’s early arrival: 150 routes from Summer 2019 schedule now on sale
  Ryanair has launched 150 of its most popular holiday routes for Summer 2019.  Sun destinations to France, Italy, Portugal and Spain are on sale now on the Ryanair.com website, with the full schedule available from autumn, the airline said. It added that flights available to book include Alicante, Faro, Nice, Rome, Tenerife as far out as […]
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Brown Thomas eyes big-spending Chinese customers as it welcomes Hainan to Dublin
Only 70,000 Chinese a year visit Ireland – and many are attracted to the brands at Dublin department store Brown Thomas. But with a direct connection starting next month, it’s hoped that this figure will rise substantially. The upmarket store, looking to attract more business from the Asian giant, held a welcome reception was for […]
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Ryanair target Laudamotion to rival Aer Lingus on Dublin-Vienna route; Ryanair denies bid for Norwegian
Laudamotion, in which Ryanair has a 24.9pc stake, is to start services from Dublin Airport to Vienna from October 28. The daily service will pit it against Aer Lingus on the route, with Laudamotion flights departing Dublin at 14.05 hours and departing Austria at 16.15 hours. Laudamotion is the latest venture by aviation entrepreneru and former Formula 1 […]
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Emirates postponed third daily service to Dubai because of Dublin Airport infrastructure issues
Emirates Country Manager Enda Corneille has said that with the arrival of new carriers, “the competition east and south is tremendous so the challenge for us is about continuing to do what we do” and says Emirates has good brand identity in the Irish market. Speaking at a media briefing in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel, he […]
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Emirates celebrates ‘stellar’ year in Ireland and points to trend for higher-end holidays with trade
Ireland a “stellar” performer in a 30th consecutive year of growth for Emirates globally Honeymoons surge – with trade offers for business class Indian Ocean, south-east Asia dominate in honeymoon market Emirates aims to boost load factor to 85pc Advance bookings for remainder of 2018 up on last year   Emirates’ Country Manager Enda Corneille […]
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Luxury Irish retailer Avoca opens first airport store with Dublin Airport move
Luxury Irish retailer Avoca has joined the travel retail market, opening its first ever store at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2.   The 86 sq m store is a partnership between The Loop at Dublin Airport and Avoca and features Irish-made products including ceramics, throws, craft fashion items and a selection of food. “We are thrilled […]
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Holidaymakers are the victims again in French air traffic strike says ITAA
The Irish Travel Agents Association said the latest in a string of French air traffic control strikes will put holidaymakers off from visiting France. ITAA President John Spollen said: “Our members are disappointed by the announcement of the 24-hour strike by French Air Traffic Control which will pose major disruptions to Irish holidaymakers. This action […]
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Kerry leads the way as record number of beaches plant Blue Flags
A record 90 beaches and marinas have achieved Blue Flag status, up from 88 last year. And the county with the most is Kerry; 13 beaches and one marina. Blue Flag began in Ireland in 1988 with 19 beaches and two marinas, with 81 beaches and seven marinas in the scheme last year. Ardmore in Waterford has […]
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Passengers face ‘heavy’ disruptions as French air traffic controllers strike
Irish passengers have been warned to check the status of their flights to France, with a strike in operation from 17.00 hours on Monday, May 21, and all day on May 22 until 05.00 on May 23. Airlines expect “severe” travel disruption due to a strike by French air traffic controllers and other public sector […]
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