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An early arrival so Aer Lingus’ Ivan delivers his baby daughter
At Aer Lingus, Ivan Beacom is used to delivering passengers and sales – but it was a first for the Business Manager as he delivered his own baby daughter. The baby was due, but arrived early – with Ivan forced to deliver the child himself with the help of paramedics on the other end of […]
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Aer Lingus relives the glamour days of aviation as 1940s DC-3 lands in Dublin
Aer Lingus has a new plane in its fleet – and welcomed a Douglas DC-3 into its Hangar 6 home at Dublin Airport. The plane, hailing from the 1940s and 50s, has been freshly painted in the Aer Lingus livery of that era. It has been named St Gall which was the name of an Aer […]
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Ireland’s Air Corps will colour the skies above the Liffey at 11am today
Display at 11am Preparation for Foynes Air Show Saturday & Bray Saturday/Sunday Ireland’s Air Corps aerobatic display will fly over the River Liffey at 11am in preparation for Irish Aviation Authority weekend Five Air Corps PT-9 aircraft will fly in close formation over the city centre, leaving a smoke trail over the river. To mark […]
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Budget airline Norwegian hit by storm clouds of higher costs
Norwegian Air Shuttle, whose Norwegian Air International arm began flights from Ireland to the US this month, has reported a fall in earnings, with the outlook for costs and growth worse than previously expected. Norwegian, Europe’s third-largest budget airline behind Ryanair and EasyJet, said its second-quarter pre-tax result of €730m was down on last year, […]
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Hub traffic jumps by 46pc as British numbers remain flat at Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport has recorded the busiest June in its 77-year history, with 2.9m passengers using the airport, a rise of 6pc on the same month last year. The number of passengers this June was up 300,000 on May’s figure – and the latest figures reveal Dublin’s growing importance as a hub. More than 650,000 passengers […]
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War of words as Ryanair pulls out of plans to fly to Ukraine this autumn
Ryanair has pulled out of plans to fly to Ukraine. It blamed the decision on “Kiev airport’s failure to honour a growth agreement reached at the Ministry of Infrastructure with airport officials and the current Airport Director General in March”. Ryanair had been due to fly from Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden to Kiev and Lviv […]
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Aer Southeast says it is committed to Waterford-Britain services as it refunds passengers
Aer Southeast, which was due to start flights from Waterford Airport to Britain this month, said  it is to refund all the fares accepted for flights on the day its website was operational. It said it made the decision in view of the request it received from the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) not to accept […]
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Qatar: Airline boss talks of fam trips and a focus on travel trade in Ireland
Qatar Airways will make a push to showcase its offering to the trade in Ireland, CEO Akbar Al Baker told Travel Extra. “We will do fam trips, we will introduce them to the product, because we are a new carrier here and a lot of people have not travelled with us. Once they start travelling […]
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Exclusive: I’d love to work with Michael O’Leary, says Qatar’s Akbar Al Baker
Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker has revealed his admiration for Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary and wouldn’t rule out a deal that would see the Irish carrier feeding passengers onto his long haul services. Ryanair is currently in negotiations with Aer Lingus, among other airlines, including Norwegian, to transfer its passengers from short haul European flights […]
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Qatar looks to go double-daily at Dublin and will beat competitors with product – CEO
Qatar Airways’ new Dublin-Doha route has already exceeded expectations – and airline boss Akbar Al Baker is looking to go double daily. “We have five percentage points higher load factors from Dublin than we envisaged – and we have just started one month ago so we see that there is a very big potential,” the CEO […]
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Ryanair load factor reaches industry leading 96pc for FOURTH time, June passengers up 12pc to 11.8m
Passenger numbers up 12pc to 11.8m Load factor up 2 points to 96pc Rolling annual traffic to June up 13pc to 123.8m. Ryanair recorded their 39th consecutive monthly record with passenger numbers for June up 12pc to 11.8m. The load factor of 96pc is a record for the aviation industry. Ryanair previously recorded a load factor […]
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Etihad Airways to drop complimentary chauffeur service at Dublin Airport
Etihad Airways is to end its complimentary chauffeur service at Dublin Airport for Business and First Class passengers. The service will be retained only at the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.  Etihad said it was amending its chauffeur policy “following a review of usage by premium guests across all major markets” and said the service will […]
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Ryanair extends Rome connecting flights service to Milan Bergamo
From July 3, Ryanair customers can: Book connecting flights on the first 25 (of up to 300 new routes) via Milan Bergamo on Ryanair.com Connect to/from Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Corfu, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Lamezia, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Naples, Palermo, Pescara, Trapani, Valencia and Zaragoza Transfer ‘airside’ between connecting flights without having to […]
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Qatar Airways back in the ring again with latest Irish horse industry sponsorship
Qatar Airways is to launch its latest tie-in with the Irish equestrian and horse racing sectors, announcing a partnership with The Curragh following the inaugural Dublin-Doha flight on June 12. Qatar Airways was also recently announced official airline partner of the 2017 Dublin Horse Show. Former champion jockey Johnny Murtagh, who rode to success in the […]
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Stobart to restart service from Dublin to London Southend with three flights a day
Up to three flights per day from Dublin to London Southend, seven days a week, commencing October 29 New route is part of Stobart’s growth strategy including a €25m investment, 60 new jobs and addition of two new Embraer E195s jet aircraft to its fleet Lead in fares from €29.99 one way, including taxes and […]
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Ryanair orders 10 more Boeing 737 Max 200 planes as it pushes to carry 200m passengers a year
Ryanair is to buy 10 more Boeing 737 Max 200 aircraft, five of which will deliver in the first half of 2019, with the remainder arriving in the first half of 2020. The airline said that this new order, which is valued at more than $1.1bn at current list prices, will, together with the existing […]
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New Irish airline to launch services from Waterford to three British cities
Waterford to London Luton: Monday                               Depart at 07h15                                  Arrive at 08h45 Tues/Wed/Thurs.                 Depart at 09h30                                  Arrive at 11h00 Friday, Sunday                    Depart at […]
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Brennan to step down from IAA for move to European air agency
Irish Aviation Authority Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan has been appointed as the new Director General of Eurocontrol, the central organisation for coordination and planning of air traffic control for all of Europe. The search for Mr Brennan’s successor as head of the IAA will begin this summer as he moves to the Brussels-based organisation of 41 […]
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Win one, lose one for DAA as Cork Airport scoops European prize but Dublin left empty-handed
Cork Airport has been named top European airport in the under five million passengers category at a gala event held in Paris. But DAA sister airport Dublin was left empty-handed, and was beaten to the 25m-plus prize by Madrid Barajas Airport. The 13th Annual ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards were announced at the 27th ACI […]
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IAA and gardai join Police & Fire Service for Dublin Airport tribute to Rescue 116 crew
Members of Dublin Airport’s Police & Fire Service have held a memorial cycle in remembrance of the crew of Rescue 116. Airport Police & Fire Service staff, together with gardai and the Irish Aviation Authority will be joined by some family members of the crew Rescue 116  to cycle Dublin Airport’s perimeter road seven times tomorrow, clocking […]

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