Things to know about travel this week
- Worldchoice Conference
- BA inaugural to Durban
- Aer Lingus wants to boost transatlantic fleet to 30
- DAA awards North Runway contract to Spanish-Irish team
- 7,800 applied for 18 cadet pilot places at Aer Lingus
- Stobart to operate BA Cityflyer routes from London City Airport
- Lufthansa to go 3d at Dublin
- Aeroflot arrives back in the capital
- Laudamotion starts Dublin-Vienna service
- Istanbul Grand Airport opens for business
Cindy “Kuhn” Kennedy posted a hilarious video of a Frontier in-flight announcement Oct 2018.
Chicago was the setting for the Ireland rugby team‘s greatest (well, only) victory over the All Blacks. Aer Lingus carried them back to the Windy City last night as they prepared to take on Italy watch here, and pictured are cabin crew Laura Carson and Eddie Bruton with Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan and Rhys Ruddock in a photo by Dan Sheridan of INPHO.
Etihad Airways celebrates its birthday – with a look back at how it, and its home of Abu Dhabi, have grown this century. Watch here.
Fancy a business class upgrade? You might just get them if you are approached by a young female stranger while waiting for your KLM flight. Watch here.
Dublin Live showed video of a nervy time for passengers on board a Blue Air flight en route from Romania to Dublin.
Qantas shows off its new Melbourne Domestic Business Lounge and Qantas Club. Watch here.
Watch here as a row between a female passenger and a driver is followed seconds later by his bus plunging off a bridge into China’s Yangtze River.
Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker on the airline’s latest sports partnership, this time with South American football confederation Conmebol. Watch here.
Michael O’Leary is feeling festive already – going by Ryanair’s round-up of the best places in Europe for Christmas markets. Watch here.
Tourism Ireland is gearing up for next year’s return of US college football to Dublin – and looks at the long-standing rivalry between visitors Notre Dame and Navy. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
BA launched its Heathrow to Durban route with a select band of tour operators and journalists on board, including Travel Extra. Picture shows Juan Giraldo and Kgomotso Ramothea, who hosted the group.
IAG,set out its stall for the future at the company’s Capital Markets Day briefing for investors. The big Irish news is Aer Lingus‘ plan to grow its transatlantic flight from 17 to 30 aircraft over the next five years (full story here). Despite rebuffs from Norwegian, Willie Walsh is still keen on acquiring the lcc, saying it could be “an opportunity, especially if you look at the short-haul network“.
Willie Walsh is not confident that Qatar will stay in the Oneworld Alliance, saying CEO Akbar Al Baker (pictured) “doesn’t say these things [talk of leaving]without being genuine”. Across the water, BA CEO Alex Cruz is aware of the airline’s negative feeback following the switch to paid-for M&S snacks on short-haul routes. Cruz promised better food, bedding amenities in first class and premium economy next year; additional airport lounges; better seating in first, business and premium economy classes; and wifi across the short-haul fleet by mid-2019 and on 80pc of long-haul flights by the end of next year.
The DAA said that it will continue its fight to end restrictions on flights between 11pm and 7am on the new North Runway as it announced that a joint Irish-Spanish consortium will construct the 3.1km project. FCC Construcción Director Miguel Ángel Mayor, DAA Chief Executive Dalton Philips and Roadbridge Managing Director Connor Gilligan are pictured at North Runway contract signing at Dublin Airport.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the first phase of Istanbul‘s new airport – previewed in Travel Extra last week. The first phase of the airport was completed in 42 months and became operational on the 95th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic.
Senior Men’s team sponsor Turkish Airlines hosted the seventh annual Cricket Ireland awards at the No 6 Kildare Street College of Physicians. Ireland General Manager Hasan Mutlu said he was delighted to be handing over the prize for the men’s international player of the year to Tim Murtagh. Women’s winner Laura Delany will captain her team at the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
West Japan Railway has bowed to union pressure to stop scary safety drills, which involved workers crouching between tracks to feel the wind from 300km/hr bullet trains.
A park worker who let foreigners in to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for free – because he was too shy to talk to them – has cost the operators an estimated €195,000 in the last two years.
A Florida couple have complained on TV after allegedly finding a hidden camera inside their cruise ship stateroom, pointing at their bed, onboard Carnival Fantasy.
India has unveiled the world’s tallest statue, costing €376m to build. The 182m structure celebrates independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
A raging fire along South Africa’s popular Garden Route in the Western Cape province has claimed at least seven lives.
Water in Venice is nothing new – but it reached new depths with severe flooding leaving three-quarters of the historic city under water. Watch a report from the city here.
Even the Red Light district in Amsterdam is suffering from too many tourists. Now politicians want to move ladies of the night – who are angry, and aren’t taking the proposal lying down – out of the crowded city centre.
A total of 66.2m foreign tourists visited Spain during the first nine months of 2018 – unchanged on 2017, but they spent 2.5pc more.
Tourists flying with Air New Zealand are being shown a two-minute video urging visitors not to litter the scenic country.
The Pacific nation of Palau is to ban most types of sunscreen in a bid to protect its coral reefs.
Food & Beverage
Pubs in Britain could run out of Guinness following Brexit next year, Britain’s Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said after meeting Diageo drinks executives in Scotland.
Eighteen pubs have been sold so far in Dublin this year, with a combined value of €33m.
Publican and hotelier Louis Fitzgerald has held preliminary discussions about buying Dublin pubs The Old Stand and Davy Byrnes.
Paddy McKillen Jr’s Press Up Entertainment Group will continue to operate three Wagamama restaurants in Ireland despite a €400m purchase of the noodle chain by British firm Restaurant Group.
George Best’s family are to lend a number of rare and unseen personal effects and items belonging to the former Manchester United superstar to the new £15m George Best Hotel Belfast which opens this December. George’s sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Norman McNarry are lending items including bespoke painting and a Northern Ireland jersey signed by Sir Alex Ferguson to be put on display. Pictured are Norman, hotel Sales Manager Gareth Milligan, Barbara, and hotel General Manager Damian Gilvary.
Quinn Hotels Group’s operating profits rose to €2.5m on the back of a 7pc jump in revenue to €49.4m.
Pre-tax profits at Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan increased from €332,000 to €854,000 last year following a rise in revenue from €14.6m to €14.8m.
Profits more than doubled at Dublin’s Clarence Hotel in 2017, rising from €498,807 in 2016 to €1m.
US President Donald Trump’s Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg in Co Clare is to invest €40m in the construction of a new ballroom, leisure centre and 250 new bedrooms.
Jurys Inn has featured among TripAdvisor’s Global “Most Excellent” hotel chains. Preferred Hotels and Resorts topped the biggest category, Large Hotel Chains, followed by Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hilton Worldwide Holdings. Jurys Inn came fifth in the Global “Most Excellent” Small Hotel Chains (20-50 properties), just ahead of Jumeirah Group.
7,800 hopefuls applied for just 18 cadet pilot positions at Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus pilots Steve Kelly, Sonia Bissett, Ray Kelly and Jeanniene Kirk are pictured with the candidates on their induction day into the Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme at Dublin Airport. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
Laudamotion, majority-controlled by Ryanair, launched its daily Dublin-Vienna service. Pictured are Laudamotion Managing Director Andreas Gruber and Dublin Airport Head of Marketing Louise Bannon celebrating the airline’s inaugural flight.
Viva Air, founded and backed by Declan Ryan‘s Irelandia Aviation, has launched a route to the US from Colombia. Ryan is a son of the late aviation finance pioneer Tony Ryan.
Aeroflot returned to Dublin after a 14-year absence. Dublin Airport’s Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “About 42,000 passengers travelled between Dublin and Moscow last year on indirect flights so I have no doubt this new direct route will be very popular in both directions.” Cabin crew Victoria Deyneka, Julia Pestova and Captain Igor Kolmogortsev are pictured with DAA Chief Financial Officer Ray Gray; Russian Ambassador Yury Filatov and Aeroflot General Manager for Britain and Ireland Alexey Voronenkov.
Lufthansa missed performance forecasts with an 11pc drop in third-quarter operating profit, which is being partly blamed on the acquisition of part of the failed Air Berlin.
It’s a baptism of fire for Air France-KLM‘s new group CEO Ben Smith. The company posted third-quarter operating profit of €1.07bn, 6.7pc lower than a year earlier.
Cork Chamber says a new report commissioned by the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross to reviews future capacity needs at state airports, “appears to significantly underestimate the potential for growth at Cork Airport”.
EasyJet said it has submitted a revised expression of interest in troubled Alitalia, while Delta also presented a proposal to buy the carrier.
An investigation has been launched in Spain into how two Ryanair aircraft were forced to take evasive action after being involved in a ‘loss of separation’ incident.
A Carnival cruise ship tipped to one side, sparking panic among passengers, reported CBS New York.
Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will feature two new-design water slides, Caribbean-inspired pool deck, new bar and dining areas after its $115 million “Royal Amplified” refurbishment in February 2019.
NCL is set to follow the likes of MSC for Me and Caribbean Princess’s Ocean Medallion with wearable tech to guide passengers around Norwegian Bliss in late 2018.
The 2,900-passenger Celebrity Edge – previewed recently in Travel Extra – has been delivered to the line at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Celebrity Eclipse – which homeported in Dublin this year – is to be based in Melbourne for the 2020/2021 summer season.
Virgin Voyages and shipbuilders Fincantieri have signed a €700m contract for a fourth 2,700-passenger ship, to launch at the end of 2023.
The Budget’s hike in the hospitality VAT rate to 13.5pc must be postponed for 12 months, due to the “whopping” drop in British visitors in September, warned Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation.
Tourism Ireland has finished up its week-long sales mission to Australia and New Zealand. The island of Ireland attraced a record 228,000 people from the countries last year.
Fáilte Ireland launched its ‘Castles and Conquests’ tourism plan for Ireland’s Ancient East at the Brandon House Hotel in Wexford along with local businesses.
St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, Dublin Zoo, the Molly Malone statue and Phoenix Park feature in the first-ever Dublin-based game of Monopoly.
Minister for Sport Shane Ross said the island is “well capable” of hosting the U21 European Championships in 2023 after the FAI and IFA announced a joint bid, with venues including the Aviva Stadium, Windsor Park, the redeveloped Dalymount Park, Tallaght Stadium, Ballymena Showgrounds and Turner’s Cross.
Insight Vacations offers: New England’s Fall Foliage escorted tour, was €3,289pps, now from €2,999 per person sharing, including flights, transfers, and 7 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 28 February 2018, depart September 15, 2019. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
ITAA offers: Dublin to LA for one night in a 4* hotel and 15-night Hawaiian islands cruise onboard Emerald Princess, from €1959pp, depart February 2019 with Travel Escapes and Cruisescapes on http://itaa.ie/2018/10/24/hawaiian-cruise
Dublin to New York with Delta and 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in the Roosevelt Hotel, based on 4 sharing, from €459pp, depart February 2019 with Tour America on http://itaa.ie/2018/10/23/new-york-3-nights
Dublin to Las Vegas, 3 night accommodation in 4* Luxor Hotel (room only) , plus 7 nights accommodation in 4* Riu Lipita in Playacar, Mexico, with drinks and meals included, from €1389pp, depart May/June 2019 with Cassidy Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/10/24/vegas-and-more
Sunway offers: Dublin to France for 5* River Cruise ‘ Taste of Bordeaux’, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing outside stateroom with French balcony, unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €135pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2549pp, depart November 15. ‘Best of Switzerland’ escorted tour, includes flights ex Dublin, 20kg baggage per person, taxes, 8 nights twin share in 4 & 5* Hotels, complimentary schedule airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes tour discount of €212pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2219pp, depart April 6, 2019. Dublin to France, 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Serre Chevalier, France, includes flights ex Dublin, 20kg bag per person, resort transfer, standard room on an all -inclusive basis for 7 nights, 5 full days ski tuition and lift pass. Subject to availability and change, from €1575pp, depart January 9, 2019. Dublin to India for ‘Golden Triangle’ adventure tour to and from Delhi, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage per person, airport transfer, 7 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Reduction of €56pp is included in the price, tour must be booked by 16th November. Subject to availability and change, from €1169pp, depart January 27, 2019. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €399pp, depart December 8/15. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, from €399pp, depart December 8/15. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Costa Tropical Apartments, from €399pp, depart December 8/15. Knock to Lapland, 1 night half board 3* Scandic Hotel 2 adults + 1 Child from €2814, 1 Adult + 1 Child from €1923, depart December 21. Up to 45pc off at Sandals Resorts – Dublin to Barbados 5 nights 5* All Inclusive, from €2335pp, depart May 2019. Dublin to Rome for 7 nights Greek cruise on Emerald Princess, from €976pp, depart August 17, 2019. Dublin to Dubai for Dubai and Qatar Fly Cruise, 11 nights onboard MSC Lirica, from €1099pp, depart December 10. Dublin to Miami, 2 night Miami, 4 night Cruise on Navigator of the Seas and 4 Nights Las Vegas, from €1399pp, depart May 4, 2019. www.sunway.ie
Topflight offers: Dublin to Kaprun, Austria, 7 nights self catering 4* Hotel Apartments Toni, from €549pps was €653, based on four sharing, depart January 5. Dublin to Chamonix Valley, France, 7 nights self catering 4* Les Chalets Elena, from €549pps was €599, based on six sharing, depart January 12. Dublin to Zell Am See, Austria, 7 nights self catering 4* Neue Post Apartments, from €629pps was €729, based on five sharing, depart January 12. Dublin to Arinsal and Pal, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Patagonia, from €635pps was €665, depart February 3. Dublin to Pas De La Casa, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Font d’Argent, from €759pps was €822, depart January 20. Dublin to Pinzolo, Italy, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Beverly, from €879pps was €929, depart January 12. Dublin to Arc 1800, Les Arcs, France, 7 nights self catering 4* Prestige Aparthotel Eden, from €969pps was €1005, based on six sharing, depart December 29. Dublin to Livigno, Italy, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Amerikan, from €999pps was €1059. Dublin to Plan Peisey, Les Arcs, France, 7 nights catered chalet 4* Chalet Bayona, from €1149pps was €1317, depart December 22. Dublin to Pas De La Casa, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Grand Pas, from €1289pps was €1328, depart December 30. Dublin to Bad Hofgastein, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Thermenhotel Sendlhof, from €1349pps was €1399, depart December 22.
Italian summer deals: Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria, from €758pps was €788, depart April 27. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €1169pps was €1199, depart April 14. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Astoria, from €869pps was €899, depart May 12. Dublin to Lake Garda, Malcesine, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, from €869pps was €899, depart May 11. http://www.topflight.ie/ www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call Topflight on 01 240 1700 / 028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent.
TUI offers: Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta del Rey, Las Caletillas, from €419pps including flights, transfers, 15kg luggage, depart January 18. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, from €579pps, depart December 20. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Suneoclub El Trebol, Costa Tequise, from €999pps, depart December 23. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights half board 3* Catalonia Oro Negro, Playa De Las Americas, from €989pps, depart December 21. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €299pps, depart January 17. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 3*+ Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, from €359pps, depart January 20. www.tuiholidays.ie call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store/travel agent.
Uniworld Boutique Cruises offers: Enchanting Danube river cruise, 8 days visiting Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia, was: €2,739pps Price NOW: €2,239 per person sharing, including flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a classic stateroom on board the S.S Maria Theresa. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Port charges not included. Book and pay in full by 31 December 2018, depart April 20, 2019. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803
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