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Things to know about travel this week

  • Pittsburgh and Montreal in pole position for Aer Lingus T/A announcement
  • Dublin airport parallel runway wil not open until 2022
  • Dublin to Sheremetyevo Moscow to start October 28 from €119
  • Clickandgo looking to open in new European markets, Paul Hackett tells Travel Extra.
  • Volker Lorenz returns to travel with executive role at Caminoways
  • MSC launches biggest ever agent incentive with new training portal competition
  • Travel Counsellors see rise in long-haul bookings into next year
  • Stewart Airport passenger figures jump in New York on back of Irish flights

Video watch.

Lots of video on the Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400 stolen by a disgruntled and suicidal engineer from Seattle-Tacoma international airport, causing F-15 fighters to be scrambled. The aircraft came down on Ketron Island in the Puget Sound waterway about 25 miles south-west of the airport. Watch here initial smartphone video documenting reactions by local residents (expletives not deleted). Watch here compilation of the event by VASAviation. Watch here transcript of the air traffic control exchanges with the pilot.

It is light on fuel – but speed might be an issue. Watch here as Emirates unveils its inflatable A380.

As Australian farmers’ lands are devastated by drought, Qantas lends a hand watch here.

The death toll from the devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Lombok island has risen to at least 321. Australia’s News.com reported from the area as tourists fled watch here.

  • 1,600 people – mostly campers – were evacuated after severe flooding in southern France watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland has been putting the spotlight on Ireland’s Ancient East, with a series of promo videos, including one on unusual places to stay the night watch here.
  • Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard shoots a basketball out of a biplane over a beach in New Jersey. Will it be a slam dunk? Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Stephen Kavanagh says he expects to make an announcement in the next two to three weeks as to the location of two new Aer Lingustrans Atlantic destinations, speculated ot be Pittsburgh and Montreal, to begin flying to both from July 2019 with seats to go on sale following the announcement. Other rumours include Dallas, Denver and a winter service to Las Vegas.

Ryanair flew through its second most serious (and 12th overall) strike to date, a 24-hour pilots’ strike in five countries on Friday. Action by Vereinigung Cockpit, in a market that Ryanair has targeted for growth, is the most significant. Ryanair cancelled 250 flights to and from Germany, representing 10pc of 2,400 flights it had scheduled across Europe for Friday. Listen here to Eoghan Corry on Today with Miriam O’Callaghan August 10 2018. Feach anseo ar Eoghan Corry Nuacht RTE .Eist anseole Eoghan Corry ar Adhmhaidin Lunasa 10 2018. Watch here Bernard Harbor and Joe Gill on RTE Prime Time.

American airlines say they will wait until early 2019 to have Aer Lingus included in their transatlantic joint venture.  Stephen L. Johnson told American Airlines Q2 earnings call that we all thought that Aer Lingus would be a straightforward application, but the DOT again is taking a different look at Aer Lingus, primarily around the idea about putting a low-cost, low-fare carrier into a joint business. Their view, that’s not been done before, and they want to make sure that that’s going to deliver the consumer benefits that we promise. So, that’s going to take a little bit more time. And my guess is that Aer Lingus is probably going to be an early 2019 decision by the DOT, so implementation after that.

Aeroflot is showing a daily A320 service from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Dublin from October 28, departing Sheremetyevo at 19.20,arriving Dublin at 20.45, departing Dublin at 21.45 and arriving 05.00, with attractive introductory prices €119 each way.

Dublin Airport north runway procurement process will complete later this year followed by a contract award before the main construction element gets under way early next year, meaning that the new runway would not be fully operational until 2022.

Travel Trade

Volker Lorenz and Roland MonseguTravel Extra broke the news on Thursday that Volker Lorenz, General Manager of Amadeus Ireland for over 12 years Volker, is back in the travel industry, joining Caminoways.com, Greenlife Tours Ltd. He is pictured with company founder Roland Monsegu. Full story here.

MSC Cruises is launching its biggest ever agent incentive to celebrate the launch of new online training platform MSC Masters. The cruise line will give away 2,000 places to the inaugural party onboard MSC Bellissima. Full story here.

Click&Go is looking at opening in other markets – with Eastern Europe and Scandinavia likely options – CEO Paul Hackett, pictured at the company’s offices in Dublin, told Travel Extra, following an investment of €2m in a Polish office. Full story here.

Watch here as Paul Hackett talks to Travel Extra about the company’s ambition to grow in new markets.

Travel Counsellors reported that winters long-haul bookings have increased by 26pc. “The strength of long haul travel is continuing, and this is being led by greater direct access options, better value, and the rising cost of holidaying in Europe. For these reasons, bookings in the past nine months for next summer have tripled when compared to the same period last year,” said Cathy Burke, General Manager of Travel Counsellors Ireland.

  • Toni Fennell from Abbey Travel, pictured, is the July finalist in the Blue Insurance car competition. She’s now in with a chance to win a Toyota Yaris hybrid from Toyota Sandyford. Agents get one competition entry with each policy booked with the insurer.
  • Shares in Tui fell 9pc after the travel giant said summer bookings were unlikely to outperform due to the recent heatwave. Its latest figures also revealed that airline disruptions and ATC strikes cost the business €13m during the three months to the end of June.
  • Tour America Managing Director Mary McKenna talks about her early life, including her family’s foray into the pub business, in a wide-ranging interview with The Irish Times here, where she also reveals that she studied for a pilot’s licence.
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Strange World

Travel was dragged in to the race for the Aras with President Michael D Higgins criticised for staying at the Beau-Rivage hotel in Geneva, where room cost up €3095 a night.

  • A Welsh tourist was fined £36,000 for speeding in a Lamborghini in Dubai – and his family told BBC News he is being forced to stay there as he can’t afford the fine.
  • Vilnius tourism was criticised by church and government in Lithuania over a racy ad campaign that refers to the city as the “G-spot of Europe”.
  • A tourist was fined almost €1,000 when authorities discovered he had stolen sand from a beach in Sardinia, according to  L’Unione Sarda. 

International

Firefighters put out a huge fire that devastated the forested hills in the mountain town of Monchique, a popular day trip option from the coastal resorts, in the southern Algarve tourist region, but emergency services are remaining in the area to monitor potential hotspots. The fires have killed 16 people throughout Portugal and sparked another debate about the use of eucalyptus trees in forestry.

  • Cork graduate Kate O’Callaghan and Australian husband Som Meaden, along with world-renowned environmentalist Andy Ridley are working together to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the Examiner reported.
  • Croatia is raising its tourist tax by 25pc from next year’s peak season. The taxes are per person per night, in all accommodation facilities except camping sites.
  • Attendance at Seaworld parks rose 4.8pc in the key second of this year. Senior management said rising season-pass sales, new rides and a free-beer promotion in Tampa and Orlando have increased footfall.

Food & Beverage

  • 15 food businesses were issued with Enforcement Orders in July for breaches of food safety legislation. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland reported that 13 Closure Orders, 1 Prohibition Order and 1 Improvement Order were issued last month.

Guinness opened the $90m Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House 10 miles from Baltimore Maryland, which will be the home of Guinness Blonde, along with new Guinness beers created for the US market. Guinness Brewmaster Peter Wiens and his team tap a ceremonial keg in celebration.

  • A new report commissioned by An Bord Bia warns that delays and tariffs could hit Irish food exports to Britain and the EU after Brexit.
  • Business Minister Heather Humphreys tries out some Cavan-made Cullies Batch with Brian Cullie at the Taste of Cavan food festival, taking place this weekend. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

 

Hotels

  • Pre-tax profits at Irish hotel group Tifco – which is up for sale with a €600m-plus price tag – rose more than 20pc last year to €7.6m, while revenue per available room grew by 10.2pc.
  • Ireland’s first Aloft Hotel is due to open in the Blackpitts area of Dublin’s Liberties this November of 2018. It will feature 202 bedrooms, meeting room space, a gastro pub and an on-site gym, the Irish Independent reported.
  • The Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel has been bought by Canadian hospitality group Westmont for around €22.5m, the Sunday Business Post reported.
  • Clontarf Castle’s pre-tax profits rose last year by more than €1m to €3.6m  on turnover of €12.3m.
  • Celebrity chef Richard Corrigan expects to record a small profit at his Virginia Park Lodge this year, he told the Irish Independent.
  • Tetrarch Capital has lodged plans to build a seven-storey budget hotel close to Cork City’s Parnell Place bus station.

Aviation

Norwegian Air is looking to recruit 40 Boeing pilots for its Dublin base to support its transatlantic expansion plans and double the size of the Ireland base.

Aer Lingus submissions to the Commission for Aviation Regulation re the 2019 Determination on a cap on Dublin Airport charges from 2020 claimed there have been delays in the investment needed at the airport to increase capacity and adequately cater for the higher passenger numbers, and DAA has not always provided Aer Lingus and other airlines with an appropriate quality of service.

Spanish pilots’ union SEPLA filed a lawsuit against Ryanair in a bid to get the airline to apply Spanish labour law to its members’ contracts.

A judge in Seattle dismissed Expedia’s application to have a lawsuit by Ryanair re screen-scraping in the US dismissed on the grounds that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not allow civil suits from outside the US.

Stephen Kavanagh told the IAG Conference Call on Q2 results that third quarter is operating at full capacity, we are heavily booked so the opportunity from Ryanair’s problems is not significant, it is on the margin. Anything that damages Ryanair is ultimately good for Aer Lingus, and we will exploit that.

  • EPAM Systems, Pennsylvania, and Aer Lingus say they are partnering on digital and mobile solutions, search and booking engine, offering trip suggestions, providing an improved information architecture and UI design, and automating processes on the back-end to gain operational efficiencies.
  • Willie Walsh said IAG is looking to sell its shares in Norwegian after failing to negotiate a takeover.
  • Shannon Airport charges a higher price than Dublin Airport for US Customs & Border Control service at €10.50 per departing passenger compared to the €7.90 charge per departing passenger in Dublin Airport.
  • The 166-bedroom Hilton Dublin Airportat Malahide Road cross was sold for €22.5m to a Canadian group up from €10m two years ago.
  • Cork Airport became the first travel hub in Ireland to adopt new signage for accessible toilets to help raise awareness of invisible disabilities.
  • IAG Conference Call on Q2 results calculated ATC delays in Europe 2018 to end July were up 126pc on the same period in 2017 of which 54pc of that was a direct result of air traffic control capacity. 18pc a result of an industrial action. This is of particular relevance in Germany where actually, traffic through their airspace has declined this year.
  • Fifty Irish tourists had to be evacuated from the Gili Islands in Indonesia after a deadly earthquake struck the region, Irish Ambassador to Indonesia Kyle O’Sullivan told RTE Radio.
  • An independent review on the future of Waterford Airport – which has had no commercial carrier since 2016 – has been sent to Transport Minister Shane Ross by EY, the Examiner reported.
  • Passenger numbers at New York Stewart International Airport rose 108pc in the first half of the year, compared with the first six months of 2017. Of the roughly 300,000 passengers, more than 130,000 were international, largely due to the introduction of Norwegian Air services, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • IATA warned that a looming trade war between the US and China, soaring fuel costs and European air traffic control strikes could limit growth in air travel.
  • Virgin Atlantic flight VS-50A, en route from Orlando to Gatwick, made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after the crew reported smoke on board. The Airbus A330-300 landed safely with no injuries.
  • A Flybe flight from Glasgow landed safely at Belfast City Airport after the pilot was forced to shut down an engine.
  • Carbon dioxide levels on flight decks can be high enough that in simulations it causes pilots to fail test manoeuvres at higher rates than normal, a Harvard University study found, but its authors insist that air travel remains safe.
  • Parts of Frankfurt International airport were evacuated on Tuesday after a security lapse in which a French family were allowed to leave a secure zone despite testing positive for explosives, federal police said.
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Afloat

Almost 10,000 cruise ship passengers visited Dublin over the bank holiday – with an estimated spend of €1m in the capital. Full story here.

NCL is thanking the success of new ship Norwegian Bliss and strong overall demand as the company outpaced earnings estimates and raised its outlook for the year. “Global consumer cruise demand shows no signs of slowing as evidenced by solid organic growth and the hugely successful introduction of Norwegian Bliss, whose record-breaking performance surpassed our high expectations,” said CEO Frank Del Rio.

Royal Caribbean‘s unlimited “Deluxe Beverage Package” option will only be fully available on voyages of four nights or longer on sailings from Britain. On shorter cruises it will be first come, first served to ‘speed’ up bar services.

Seabourn will launch its first-ever cruise to Cuba, departing from Miami on November 4, 2019. Four different Cuba itineraries and five departure dates will be available aboard Seabourn Sojourn.

Princess Cruises has revealed the line’s new drinks menu, featuring globally inspired signature cocktails created by master mixologist Rob Floyd.

Royal Caribbean has launched a new video-generator tool that turns photos into short video clips, combined with music and artistic elements which are tailored to the “emotion” of the photos.

Ireland

The island of Inishturk is to get a helipad, part of a package of funding for Ireland’s islands. Gaeltacht Junior Minister Joe McHugh announced €1,073,863 in funding for works on Coney Island, Bear Island, Long Island, Whiddy Island, Dursey Island, Sherkin Island, Claggan and Clare Island, Árainn Mhór, Oileán an Bhráighe, Tory Island, Inishmore, Inisheer and Inishbofin. 

Fáilte Ireland’s Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands campaign has raised the ire of Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, who is “appalled” that Limerick has once again been “ignored” on a major tourism scheme, he told the Limerick Leader.

Twenty years after it opened (storylined by Travel Extra‘s editor), Croke Park‘s attractions have been inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame having earned a Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. Museum guides Ailis Corey, Aran O’Reilly, Cian Nolan, Eoin O’Connor and Lauren Burke are pictured with the award. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

  • GoBÉ coaches has 66 extra departures per week now in place on its non-stop direct service connecting Cork to Dublin City and Dublin Airport via the motorway.
  • Lynk, the Irish taxi app, has announced is is seeking to recruit 250 drivers in the greater Dublin area for its new delivery service.

Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: Wonders of Turkey escorted tour, 11 days visiting Turkey, from €1,869 per person sharing, including flights, transfers and 10 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking, depart September 20. http://www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers: Dublin to Iceland, 3 nights in 3* hotel room only 3 nights, Northern Lights Tour, Golden Circle Full Day Tour, from €600pps, depart October 28 with Bowe Travel on  http://itaa.ie/2018/08/08/mid-term-iceland Cruise from Cobh around Ireland, Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands on the CMV Magellan, from €67pps with J Barter/Travelnet on  http://itaa.ie/2018/08/08/last-minute-cruise Dublin to Las Vegas for Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagoedov at UFC 229 on October 6, flights, 3 nights Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower, match tickets not included, from €715pp (from €655 for students) with Shandon Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/08/09/las-vegas

Niagara Falls

Sunway offers: Dublin to US for Big Apple,  Niagara and Washington DC escorted tour,  includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, seven  nights twin share in 3 & 4* hotels, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €1779pps, depart September 20. Dublin to France for Taste of Bordeaux river cruise, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, seven nights twin sharing Cat B outside stateroom with French balcony, full board basis with unlimited wine/beers at meals,  sip and sail daily complimentary hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €135pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2855pp, depart October 18. Dublin to Domican Republic, 7 nights all inclusive 4*Club Med Punta Cana, from €1439pp, depart October 8. Dublin to Costa Rica for 8-day adventure tour, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage pp, 1 pre- night tour, 15 night’s accommodation share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €2399pps, depart November 8. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, from €499pps, depart August 18. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights B&B 3*+ Argana Hotel, from €529pp, depart August 25. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Tilila Studios, from €379pp, depart September 1. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights self catering 4* Garda Village, from €599pp, depart August 18. Dublin to Las Vegas for McGregor fight weekend, 3 nights in Vegas, from €659pps, depart October. Dublin to Barcelona for Short Taster Mediterranean Fly Cruise, 3 nights onboard MSC Orchestra, from €512pp, depart September 25. Dublin to Venice for Montenegro & Greece Fly Cruise, 7 nights premium all inclusive on Norwegian Star, from €1495pp, depart September 30. www.sunway.ie

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Topflight offers: Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily, 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, from €799pps was €1032, depart October 6. Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Villa Rosa Hotel, from €949pps was €1162, depart September 29. Dublin to Taormina, Sicily, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Ariston, from €839pps was €1002, depart October 6. Dublin to Riva, Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Savoy Palace, from €999pps was €1163, depart September 22. Dublin to Rimini, Adriatic Riviera, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sans Souci, from €949pps was €1179, depart August 24. Dublin to Sorrento,7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €1199pps was €1449, depart August 19. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, from €899pps was €1158, depart August 26. Dublin to Lido di Camaiore, Tuscany, 7 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel & Riviera, from €899pps was €1024, depart September 14. Dublin to Montecatini, Tuscany, 7 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel Francia E Quirinale, from €799pps was €929, depart August 24. Dublin to Italy for Venetian Riviera and Lake Garda Experience, includes return flights from Dublin, all transfers, 7 nights accommodation in Lido di Jesolo, coach transfer from Lido di Jesolo to Lake Garda, 7 nights accommodation in Limone, Lake Garda, Topflight rep service in resort, from €1229pps, depart September.  www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call Topflight on 01 240 1700 /  028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent.

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Tour America offers: Dublin to Las Vegas for Conor McGregor fight, 5 nights at Excalibur Hotel, from €769pps, based on four sharing, depart October 3 (does not include fight ticket). Dublin to Orlando, staying at Rosen Inn International, from €459pp based on 2+2 sharing, depart March 1. Dublin to Cancun, 7 nights all inclusive Dreams Puerto Aventuras, from €1399pps, depart October 16. 3 nights short Mediterranean cruise onboard Norwegian Epic €399pp, based on 2 adults sharing a balcony cabin, depart May 12. Sail from Dublin on 8-night Norwegian Fjords cruise onboard Celebrity Reflection, from €1199pps, depart May 26. Dublin to Abu Dhabi for Dubai & the Emirates fly/cruise, includes return flights to Abu Dhabi, transfers to/from the port, 7 nights cruise onboard MSC Splendida,  from €1149pps, depart January 13, 2019. Dublin to Orlando, 3 nights  Orlando with car hire to/from cruise port, 7 nights onboard Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea’s, from €1299pp based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a boardwalk balcony cabin. Added value extras included : $200 onboard credit, meal for up to four in Johnny Rockets, unlimited soft drinks on cruise for two guests, rock climbing wall session, depart February 21. Dublin to New York for New York, New England and Canada cruise, includes return flights to New York, 1 night Manhattan & 7 night Canada & New England Cruise onboard Regal Princess,  from €1339pps, depart October 6. www.touramerica.ie

TUI offers: Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights self catering 3* Aliathon Aegean Apartment,  2+1  €1539, depar t May 15, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights all inclusive 3*+ Leonardo Laura Beach and Splash Resort, 2+1 €1812, 2+2  €2866 (Includes free child place), depart May 15, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights half board 5* TUI Sensimar Pioneer Beach, 5*, from €1053pp, depart May 29, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights self catering 3* Kefalonitis Apartments, from €488pp, depart May 15, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights all inclusive 5* TUI Sensatori  Resort Aphrodite Hills, from €1281pp, depart June 5, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights B&B 4* Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel, from €803pp, depart June 19, 2019. Ireland West to Majorca, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Hotel Santa Ponsa Park/Pionero,  2+1 from €1949m, depart August 17, 2018. Ireland West Airport to Majorca, 7 nights half board 3* Bellevue Vista Nova, Palma Nova, from €499pps, depart August 15, 2018. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights room only 4* Club Del Sol Aparthotel ,Puerto Pollensa, from €679pps, depart August 24, 2018. Dublin to Algarve, 7 nights self catering 2* Janelas do Mar,  Albufeira, from €579pps, depart September 2, 2018. Shannon to Costa Dorada, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cala Fort, Cap De Salou, from €619pps, depart August 24, 2018. https://www.tuiholidays.ie  Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI  Store /travel agent.

U by Uniworld offers: Rolling on the Rhine river cruise, 8 days visiting Netherland and Germany, from €1,719 per person sharing, including flights, 14 meals, 11 included excursions, local celebrity DJ party and onboard wine tasting and 7-nights in a studio stateroom on board the stylish The A, depart September 15. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. http://www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

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