Things to know about travel this week
- Ryanair prepares to lose €100m as it reduced sinter capacity 1pc
- Travel Extra gets exclusive access to Istanbul’s new mega hub.
- Talk of third terminal for Dublin Airport stirs up a hornets’ nest.
- TUI celebrates 30 years of Falcon and looks to the future.
- Turkish Airlines follows cricket and 3Arena deals with hockey sponsorship.
- Mary McKenna says Entrepreneur exposure has put travel on the map.
- Aer Lingus says Cork-Lisbon will be year-round; announces Nice and Dubrovnik.
- Air France to add capacity on Cork-CDG route with larger Embraer aircraft.
- Ryanair racism row rumbles on.
- Roe & Co & Tayto Park make Lonely Planet hot list for 2019.
- Norwegian looks to cash injection of €1bn
A trip down memory lane at Knock Airport, as it relives the first landing there back in 1985. Watch here.
Ryanair released a statement about THAT video (watch here), uploaded by David Lawrence, denying the “false claims that Ryanairdid not respond ‘quickly or appropriately’ to the video” showing a Birmingham man David Mesherabusing 77-year-old passenger Delsie Gayle (“Rosa Parks in reverse“) and said it has a zero tolerance policy in regard to disruptive passengers and racism. Mesher claimed it was just fit of temper (watch here), in an exchange that included “don’t talk to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow,” despite the fact she was talking English with a Jamaican accent. Spanish regulator AESA, with which Ryanair has a combative relationship, said will be checking if “the conditions are met for the person who caused the situation to be disciplined as a conflictive passenger, according to current legislation.
- Aer Lingus showcases its upcoming route to Montreal. Watch here.
- The Kingdom Choir, surprise British Airways passengers on a flight to the Invictus Games in Sydney. Watch here.
- All you need to know about the new meal service for Business Class passengers on all KLM Cityhopper flights starting today, October 28. Watch here.
- As the clocks go back, and the nights draw in, Tourism Ireland has some ideas about what to do in the country this winter. Watch here.
- Not what you’d expect on your morning commute around LA – a German World War II-marked fighter crashing onto the freeway. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
The warnings of a torrid winter for aviation continued. Another airline failed this week, with the ink barely dry on Ryanair’s H1 results which confirmed reduced profit guidance that it expects to lose €100m over the inter (H1 profit €1.2bn, full year guidance @1.1m). H1 results revealed fares down 3pc and profit down 7pc despite revenue rising 8pc. it also indicated ancillaries up 27pc, with priority boarding no longer available on many flights, weeks before they take the air.
Aer Lingus’ long-awaited Cork announcement on Friday revealed the return of Nice 2w from May 1 and commencement of Dubrovnik 2w from May 4. The Nice route was 4w at peak but was abandoned when Ryanair launched a Shannon to Nice route. Further good news for Cork is that Air France are switching aircraft from an E170 to an E190 for the Cork to CDG route.
As things stand Ethiopian will no longer pick up passengers in Dublin to fly to Los Angeles and will route Irish passengers to and from Addis Adaba via Madrid.
A busy week for Turkish Airlines, with another sponsorship – this time of Hockey Ireland’s senior men’s team, who are competing in the game’s World Cup in November and December. It is the latest high profile deal, following sponsorship of Dublin’s 3Arena and the Cricket Ireland men’s team. ITAA CEO Pat Dawson, a big fan of the game for many years, is pictured with Hockey Ireland CEO Jerome Pels and Turkish Airlines’ GM for Ireland Hasan Mutlu at the announcement in Dublin’s Pembroke Hockey Club. Full story here.
Travel Extra was the sole Irish representative as members of the world’s media were invited to Turkey to get a last sneak preview of the Istanbul New Airport. With capacity for 90m passengers in the first phase alone, it is sprawling – with a land area bigger than London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Atlanta Hartsfield, Beijing Capital and Istanbul’s Ataturk combined. Still to be named (even its CEO, Kadri Samsunlu, pictured, doesn’t know what it’s going to called just yet), it goes operational on October 29 for a limited number of flights, with a full transfer of Turkish Airlines’ operations set for December 31. Full story here. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
Minister for Transport Shane Ross‘s announcement that a decision will be taken early next year on whether to build a third terminal at Dublin Airport raised a storm. Fianna Fail claims the airport has other priorities such as the new runway, with Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune claiming that more spending at Dublin risks leaving Shannon and Cork further behind. Full story here. An Taisce has weighed in too, on the terminal and new runway, with spokesman John Gibbons claiming that “all of this headlong expansion of capacity is locking in long term investment in completely unsustainable levels of aviation, with the Revenue Commissioners’ exemption of jet kerosene from mineral oil tax keeping the cost of flying artificially low”. The biggest critic of the third terminal talk is the DAA itself, which countered in recent days with its own vision. It said it has “started formal consultations on a major capital investment programme for Dublin Airport, which has at its heart a €900m capacity plan to help the airport grow to 40m passengers a year”. It proposes to invest some €400m between 2020 and 2024 to deliver new capacity in the northern end of the airport close to Terminal 1, while some €500m will be invested at the southern apron area close to Terminal 2. DAA said it would deliver new boarding gate areas and aircraft parking stands. As for the north runway, it says that its position on a potential new terminal at Dublin Airport has been “consistent over the past two years”, saying: “The airport urgently requires a new runway, new boarding gate piers, aircraft parking stands and other improvements rather than a new terminal in the medium term. This view is held not just by DAA, but also by its main airline customers”. It argued: “It is essential that any such debate in relation to a third terminal has no impact on the current capacity investment programme.”
Tony Lane of Visit USA and Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus hosted six key US-focused travel agents on a fast-paced tour of five states and the Washington DC area in four days. Picture shows Danielle O’Keeffe of Shandon Travel, Tara Povey of Where is Tara, Caroline Gallagher of Travel Department, Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus, Laura Jean Tyrrell of Bookabed, Linda Collins of American Holidays, Wendy McCartney of Clickandgo, Cheryl Cleworth of Tropical Sky, Tony Lane of Visit USA front Eoghan Corry and Jacinta McGlynn, at Philadelphia Museum of Art. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Travelport became the first GDS to offer NDC content on October 19 with a transaction made by an English agency, Meon Valley Travel, for a short-haul low-cost flight from London to Milan issued by a major European carrier. Travelport published a Roadmap for its initial range of NDC products in February, having been the first GDS operator in December 2017 to acquire Level 3 certification from IATA as an aggregator.
Lisa Hammond will join Aer Lingus as business development manager within the leisure sales team on November 12, to work alongside Ivan Beacom to manage strategic trade partners, reporting into Andrea Hunter, Manager Leisure Sales. Lisa worked with both BMI and Etihad for many years. Jenny Rafter (Head of Global Leisure Sales) said: “Aer Lingus’ ambition to be the leading carrier across the Atlantic will be enforced by a proficient dynamic sales team, we recognise the requirement to have a global approach and are delighted to be in a position to invest in our people. I am delighted to welcome Liza who joins our experienced team with excellent knowledge and a clear enthusiasm for the success.”
Worldchoice launched an app for next week’s conference in association with Travelport with conference information, engagement with fellow attendees and the option to participate in Q & A sessions. Delegates will be able to download the app on www.worldchoiceapp.com to their smart phones and set up their profiles.
Mary McKenna of Tour America said getting to the Entrepreneur of the Year finals has helped put the travel trade on the map. Wife Stephanie Frame and Mary McKenna celebrate at the awards with Evelyn and Mary McKenna, sisters of the Tour America MD’s late father. Back row, Mary’s sister Geraldine Saunders, who is Tour America’s HR manager, and Sue Quinn, a former Tour America GM who has set up her own business, plus brother in law Patrick Quinn, formerly Mary’s Financial Controller.
TUI celebrated their 30th birthday at an event in Dublin celebrating their evolution from Falcon Holidays. The Ireland management team of Orla Markey, Irene Smith, Antoinette Young, Charlotte Brenner and Claire Murphy are pictured at the event at Venue 35, Dawson Street. See more pictures hereor connect to the album on Facebook.
Agents making Aer Lingus bookings from now until Saturday, November 9, will be in with a chance to win two seats to anywhere on its European network. Email bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Trip or Treat 2018”.
FlyShannon.ie, operated by Click&Go since June, is reporting a 64pc increase on net revenue for September/October compared to the same period last year. Shannon Airport’s Head of Aviation Development, Declan Power, said the white-labelling site has proved popular with bookers looking for packages out of the airport, with the online travel firm running the site as part of a two-year contract.
South African Tourism’s agent training roadshow returns on November 12 to Clayton Ballsbridge Hotel,Dublin. Agents will have the chance to win a place on the SAT School Mega FAM trip in June 2019 with flights sponsored by British Airways. Agents will be able to engage with the tourist board about other potential hosted trips to South Africa. SAT School is a ‘one-stop shop’ training platform aimed at equipping travel agents with all the information they need to sell South Africa – from the unique selling points, the latest news, and how to answer customer questions.
To commemorate the launch of British Airways’ direct flight from London Heathrow to Durban on 29th October, South African Tourism and Tourism KZN are offering one attendee who participates in the ‘Discover Your South Africa’ immersive experience at the South African Tourism stand, AF500 at World Travel Market, the chance to win a four-night trip to KwaZulu-Natal, the prize includes one night at the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain hotel, one night in the Battlefields area, one night at a beach resort and one night in a Game Reserve valid from 1st December 2018 to 30th September 2019, subject to availability.
Bookings are openfor ITAA Conferenceafternoon activities on November 29. the programme for the day now reads: 08:00 am – 09:00 am private breakfast at macy’s, private viewing of Dickens Christmas village display, 09:00 am – 10:00 am exclusive shopping experience prior to doors opening to public, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm city tour on double decker bus, 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm sponsored lunch at reading terminal market, 01:00 pm – 05:30 pm free time, 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm option tours / activities selected through eventbrite, 05:30 pm. first round of scheduled shuttles leave for gala event. on the morning of the 30th there are city tours followed by lunch at Reading terminal market.that afternoon there are complementary optional activities.
G Adventures announced a new incentive programme – its largest ever called ‘Change Makers Challenge’
Wendy Wu announced six new solo tours, in Cambodia, China, India, Japan and Vietnam.
The family of a man stoned to death by a gang of monkeysin India have demanded that police name the suspects.
- Canadian rapper Jamie McMurray died after falling from the wing of a small aircraft during a PR stunt.
New government rules will target Ireland’s professional Airbnb landlords, who will need to apply for commercial planning permission to use a property as a short-term let, from this June. Landlords who let out their properties on Airbnb could also face extra water, insurance and commercial rates bills.
Operating profits at Doyle Hotels (Holdings) Ltd – which operates The Westbury in Dublin (pictured) as well as hotels in Cork, London, Washington and Bristol – rose 40pc to €20.8m last year while turnover increased almost 5pc to €141.5m.
STR data said average daily hotel room rate in Ireland was up 8.2pc to €147.85 in September, RevPAR up 8pc at €132.66 and occupancy was down 0.2pc to 89.7pc.
Dublin’s Central Hotel is up for sale with a price tag of €40m for the 70-bedroom property which has planning permission for 42 more.
Former GM of Belfast’s Stormont Hotel, Culloden Estate & Spa and the Europa Hotel James McGinn (pictured) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hastings Hotels group.
Britain’s Marlin Group plans to open a 300-bedrooms hotel at the Aungier Street side of Dublin’s St Stephens’s Green in the summer of 2019.
Premier Inn’s owner, Whitbread, is launching a no-frills hotel chain – Zip by Premier Inn – with small pod-style rooms from £19 (€21) a night.
Local hoteliers are pictured as the Cork branch of the Irish Hotels Federation launch their annual black tie Tourism Dinner. The event takes place on November 15 at the Radisson Blu Hotel and this year’s theme is ‘Cork a Global Village’. At the launch were: Brendan Comerford, Castlemartyr Resort, Mary O’Donovan, Cork IHF, Brian Bowler, The Montenotte Hotel, Amy Quilter, Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Norina O’Callaghan, Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Neil Grant, Celtic Ross Hotel, Michael Magner, Vienna Woods Hotel, Shane Fitzpatrick, Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa. Photo: Brian Lougheed
Travel Extra‘s Aileen C O’Reilly is currently on an Asturias and Cantabria media fam hosted by Sara Rivero Lopez from the Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin. Pictured are Sonia Cabezvelo (Cantabrian tour guide) , Gemma Fullam (Sunday Independent), Aileen, Sara and John Donlon (Sunday World) at Pico de Tesorero after a cable car ride in the Fuente Dé cable car in Cantabria.
Food & Beverage
Gourmet Burger Kitchen‘s Irish operations will not be affected, as it is a separate legal entity from Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which filed for a form of bankruptcy protection.
- Fresh Life Foods is investing €4m to help new franchisees set up branches of healthy food chain Freshii.
- Stephen Glancey, CEO of Bulmers-maker C&C is the latest to sayBrexit is an opportunity with his company in advanced talks with operators in mainland Europe to manufacture their products at its British plant after Britain leaves the European Union.
Small Planet Airlines filed for insolvency in Lithuania following the insolvencies of its subsidiaries in Germany and Poland. CEO Kristijonas Kaikaris blamed the step on the insolvencies of the two subsidiaries, whose debts were higher than the profits of the parent company.
Norwegian said Thursday it is in “advanced discussions” with an unnamed partner to create a fleet joint venture that would provide a potential $1bn billion infusion of cash.
Aer Lingus will be a sponsor as Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is to host five games of American Football between US college teams in 2020. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured with Stephen Kavanagh, CEO Aer Lingus, and Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton at the announcement ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Ryanair owned Laudamotion will focus on four bases next summer with seven aircraft at Dusseldorf (where they will take over Ryanair’s three routes to Alicante, Málaga and Palma de Mallorca), five aircraft wet leased from Ryanair at Palma de Mallorca, three at Stuttgart and eight aircraft at Vienna. Ryanair wil take over Laudamotion operations at Tegel from April 2019.
Business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran reported that while more than 30pc of the Irish aviation workforce is female, just 16pc said 30pc of their senior roles are held by women. Picture shows Christine O’Donovan, Head of Aviation and International Asset Finance at Mason Hayes & Curran.
- 376,000 passengers were expected to travel through Dublin Airport this Bank Holiday Weekend,up 8pc on last year, with 2,500 flights operating.
- Flybe is to scrap its Belfast City to Liverpool servicefrom the end of this year.
- Butlers Chocolate joins Irish crisps and whiskey onboard Emirates flights
- Stobart Group, whose air division operates the Aer Lingus Regional service, posted a £17.5m (€19.8m) loss in the first half of the year.
- British Airways owner IAG has said that 185,000 further customers may have had their personal details compromised during a recent cyber attack.
- Cathay Pacific said a hacker accessed personal information of 9.4m customers, in what is the world’s biggest airline data breach.
- Ryanair marked its 200,000th booking by Erasmus Student Network members in a partnership that offers Erasmus students a dedicated booking platform with 15pc flight discounts on the Ryanair.com website.
- Delta Air Lines is to follow its rivals in replacing plastic straws and stirrers on board aircraft starting in mid-2019, and will also stop wrapping amenities kits in plastic.
Paul Blanchfield & Gerald Heffernan opened The vaults, a €5m immersive visitor attraction in Dublin’s Liberties. Picture shows Cromwellian Torturer, Joey O’Connor, Dave O’Connor, Helen Winterbotham, Niamh McGeachan and Ciara Winterbotham. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Roe & Co Distillery in Dublin and Tayto Park’s new driving school were included in the list of top ten openings in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Sri Lanka topped the destinations to watch. The annual list is decided by a team of staff members and 200 travel writers led by Tom Hall, which lists destinations, regions and value for money planes, as well as the 10 best new openings in the world for next year. The final choice was made by a team of six, Kia Abdullah from London, Piera Chen from Hong Kong, Bailey Freeman from Nashville, Martin Heng from Sydney, Andrea Schulte-Peevers from Berlin and Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler.
An Bord Pleanála’s has upheld the granting of planning permission for JP McManus’s International Rugby Experiencein Limerick. The sports interpretative centre on O’Connell Street has been promoted by local legend Paul O’Connell.
Could Dracula have been based on some of the locals in Dublin’s North Inner City in days gone by? Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring said the fact that author Bram Stokerlived on Buckingham Street remained unknown until this year. “Stoker’s time here had a big influence on much of his work, notably his classic, Dracula,” he said at the opening event of The Big Scream Halloween Community Festival. Dracula (David Hurlihy) is pictured with Nial Ring at 19 Buckingham Street to unveil a plaque and mural to Bram Stoker. Photo: Justin Mac Innes / Jason Clarke Photography
Tánaiste Simon Coveney confirmed that 62,624 Irish citizens living in the North had been issued with passports in 2018.
Cork County Council has been urged to move ahead with plans for a special Michael Collins trail for West Cork, as tourists are confused over the two museums in Clonakilty celebrating the revolutionary.
Irish maritime festival SeaFest is to switch from its Galway home to Cork next year. The festival will run in Cork from 2019 – 2021 after being held in Galway for the last three years, attracting more than 100,000 visitors this year and in 2017. Marine Minister Michael Creed and Tánaiste Simon Coveney make the announcement with students Myles Ó Raghallaigh, and Cáit Ní Drisceoil, Coláise Dáibhéid.
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