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John Galligan of John Galligan Travel photographs the Disney Magic from the Gibson Hotel in Dublin at an event hosted by Disney Cruise Line before agents toured the ship

 

Things to know about travel this week

  • American cancels Qatar codeshare
  • Guinness Storehouse to double size of Gravity Bar
  • Dublin has ANOTHER busiest ever day at 109,000
  • Disney brings cruise ship to Dublin
  • United cancel Shannon winter service
  • Flybe launches new Belfast route
  • Airheads go to Brussels to talk Brexit
  • Turkish coup one year on
  • Unesco nominates 23 new heritage sites
  • Shootings in Hurghada, death on Kilimanjaro
  • Carton House, a snip at €60m
  • Travel Extra makes headlines across the world

Travel Extra TV.

Watch here Air New Zealand’s new safety video goes all Hollywood as Katie Holmes and

Cuba Gooding Jr star in wacky production.

  • A fisherman on Wrightsville Beach near Johnnie Mercer’s Pier tried to grab a shark by the tail and immediately gets bitten Watch here.
  • Holiday in Cambodia as Emirates’ inaugural flight lands in Phnom Penh.
  • Ever get confused by Amsterdam’s spiral of canals? You’re not alone – and KLM reckons it has the solution with smart audio luggage tags which automatically provides visitors with location-based verbal tips on how to get around.

 

Behind the Headlines

Michael O’Leary told the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee that European airlines will screw over UK carriers and steal their business (watch here). The session was also attended by Willie Walsh (somewhat more optimistic) and top brass from Airbus (concerned about moving staff and components), TUI (pretty much echoing O’Leary), Lufthansa (blabbering about the ME and missing the point) and Airlines of America (warning of the consequences for the TATL JV). This is going to be a real mess. Brexit will be one of the great economic suicide notes in history. There is not a legal mechanism on which airlines can operate in a ‘hard Brexit, no deal’ outcome. There will simply be no flights. There is a real prospect, and we need to deal with this, that there are going to be no flights between Britain and Europe for a period of weeks, months beyond March 2019. There is not going to be an interim agreement, there is not going to be a legal basis, we will be cancelling flights. We will be cancelling people’s holidays for summer of 2019. I am not sure the Brits, who like their holidays in Spain fancy Karachi” (talking about a remark by a senior Brexit minister who had allegedly told him the lost European airline traffic could be made up through a bilateral agreement with Pakistan), By September 2018 when your average British voter is sitting down to work out where he is going on his holidays in 2019, the two options he will have are to drive to Scotland or get a ferry to Ireland. The meeting was chaired by Krrima Delli. Also watch answers to questions and concluding remarks from Michael O’Leary. Other contributors included Kevin Toland of Dublin Airport (watch here, also answers to parliamentary questions and and concluding remarksWillie Walsh of IAG (watch here, also answers to questions and concluding remarks), Sean Kennedy of Airlines for America (watch here, also answers to questions and concluding remarks), Ralf Pastleitner of TUI (watch here, also answers to questions and concluding remarks) , Thomas Kropp of Lufthansa (watch here also answers to questions and concluding remarks, all in German), Franck Goldnadel of Paris CDG (watch here also concluding remarks, both in French), John Holland-Kaye of Heathrow Airport (watch here) and Nathalie Errard of Airbus (watch here, also concluding remarks).

Paul Carty MD of the Guinness Storehouse briefed media on the about plans for the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse to be doubled in size. Subject t0 planning permission it will increase capacity to 550 from the current 250 in a €16m development announced by Guinness. Picture shows Aine Kavanagh, Colette Coughlan, Joe Higgins and Paul Carty at the launch of the €16m Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar expansion plan. Watch here Paul Carty’s presentation. Watch here interview with Joe Higgins Deputy MD of Guinness Storehouse. Watch here Guinness Storehouse video about the development. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Turkish Embassy in Dublin marked the anniversary of the defeat of coup forces. Hasan Mutlu, Turkish Airlines‘ general manager for Ireland represented the carrier, and the wider travel industry, at the event on Raglan Road. He’s pictured  with Levent Murat Burhan, Turkey’s ambassador to Ireland, who’s represented his country at the UN, Somalia and Georgia, among others in the past. The ambassador said the Irish market remains important to Turkey – with 7,000 Irish owning Turkish holiday homes alone – and hoped the Irish would also explore other areas apart from Kusadi, such as the Marmaris coast further south.  Watch here interview with Turkish ambassador Levent Murat Burhan. Turkish Airlines itself is seeing strong growth this year, with 30.6m passengers carried worldwide so far. Hassan Mutlu says the Dublin route has seen “positive trends”, adding: “We’ve had our best-ever June figures for Turkish Airlines in Dublin, and July and August are looking very positive too.” He said the airline is number one in the honeymoon market to the Maldives, ditto for pilgrimage tours from Ireland into Tel Aviv, with leisure destinations such as Cape Town performing strongly tooTurkey‘s ambassador briefed media on the first anniversary of the coup. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Alexander Gillespie from the University of Waikatu in New Zealand called for Valentia Island to be accorded Unesco status. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, chaired by Jacek Purchla, added 23 sites to the World Heritage List: Aphrodisias, Turkey, Assumption Cathedral Sviyazhsk, Russian Federation, Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura, Germany, England’s Lake District, Hebron / Al Khalil Old town, Palestine, Historic City of Ahmadabad, India, Kujataa Greenland, Kulangsu historic international settlement, China, Landscapes Of Dauria, Mongolia and Russian Federation, Los Alerces National Park, Argentina, Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians across twelve European countries, Qinghai Hoh Xil, China, Sacred Island of Okinoshima Japan, Taputapuātea Polynesian Triangle, Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine, Poland, Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Ancient Ishanapura, Cambodia, Terra Western Stato da Mar, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro, Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site, Brazil, W-Arly-Pendjari Complex Niger, Benin/Burkina Faso, Yazd Iran. Extensions were granted to Strasbourg: from Grande-île to Neustadt, Bauhaus Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau, Mbanza Kongo former Kingdom of Kongo, Angola, Asmara, Eritrea, Khomani Cultural Landscape, South Africa, The historic Centre of Vienna was added to List of World Heritage in Danger. Simien National Park from the list of world heritage in danger, Comoé National Park, Cote d’Ivoire and Georgia’s Gelati Monastery were removed from the list of world heritage in danger.

Travel Trade

Disney invited 46 travel trade and partners including a large representation of their Dublin team  to tour Disney Magic on her stop in Dublin. Watch here video of the event. Picture shows Mark Frias-Robies and Karl Moen of Disney who hosted 46 travel trade and media during the visit. Picture shows Mark Frias-Robies and Karl Moen of Disney at the breakfast event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

California brought a large team on a sales mission to Dublin where they hosted the Irish travel trade at a brunch in Zozimus. Watch video hereSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Etihad hosted 40 key travel trade members and partners at an event to celebrate a decade on the Dublin-Abu Dhabi route. Picture shows the Etihad team, Etihad team who hosted 40 travel agents in the Shelbourne Hotel an an event to celebrate ten years on the Dublin-Abu Dhabi route: Robert Duff, Valerie Murphy, Lisa Hammond, Lisa O’Leary Beatrice Cosgrove, Shannon O’Dowd and Mo Rahma.

Watch here Beatrice Cosgrove Ireland manager of Etihad, reminisce on the airline’s Decade in Dublin at an event for the travel trade. Dublin to Abu Dhabi service launched on July 2 2007. The audience were shown an enthralling hand drawn video commemorating Etihad Airways 10th anniversary to Ireland. Watch hereSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. Speeches from the launch: James Hogan, Noel Dempsey and  Declan Collier.

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Topflight hosted Irish media in the Adriatic Riviera, at the Grand Hotel in Rimini for La Notte Rosa ‘Pink Night, the beach in Rimini, making the local favourite, a flat bread called piadina, Ravenna, Montegridolfo, Rimini & Cattolica. Topflight operate a summer programme to Rimini & Cattolica.

Teletext Holidays launched an Algarve4Less promotion offering up to 4pc off some popular properties in the Algarve.

Ciaran Mulligan’s Blue Insurances reported that their main travel brand, Multitrip.com, and their their annual car hire excess policies CarHireExcess.com brand are 40pc up in  Jan to June 2017 compared to the same period last year.

Surinder Manku and Margaret Henriksson hosted travel media in Dublin to give details of their joint promotion of the attractions of Kissimmee. Watch here interview with Margaret Henriksson, who is best known for her representation of Daytona Beach.

Australian based Flight Centre made two more acquisitions, Mexico-based destination management company Olympus Tours, to strengthen its in-destination offerings in key markets such as Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

Atmosphere Hotels hosted Irish media to showcase their all inclusive product in the Maldives. Watch here presentation bay Dinesh Bhaskar. Picture shows Dinesh Bhaskar and Venkata Giri at the Residence on Stephen’s Green.

TUI Group reported an improved balance sheet after completing Hapag-Lloyd sell-off.

Getabed, represented in Ireland by John McKibbin, currently have an incentive in place which would be great if we could get a mention!  Agents simply need to make a Getabed accommodation booking over €250 between now and 31 July for travel to 31 August and they will be automatically be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad Air 2 (9.7″screen and 128gb).

Picture shows travel agents from Travel Counsellors, Trailfinders and cruise.co.uk among others are on the 3,100-guest Caribbean Princess during a call to Dublin.

England’s ski holidaymakers reeled after the fall out from Britain’s EU exit caused three operators to go bust

An English couple faced a £3,700 legal bill after failed compensation claim for holiday sickness as Thomas Cook claimed victory in battle against fake holiday sickness claims

Strange world

The only museum in the US dedicated to Prohibition history opened in  Savannah, Georgia. The American Prohibition Museum says it’s not your typical ‘dry’ museum.

  • An empty Bus Eireann bus left a trail of destruction at Dublin Airport after rolling down a ramp.
  • A hunt was launched for four lions which escaped from South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
  • An Australian man travelled light – checking in a can of beer from Melbourne to Perth.

International

  • A man who tweeted he was going to commit Ryanair terror attack was fined €248,000.
  • Two German women were stabbed to death in a Hurghada resort attack.
  • A 35-year-old woman, Majella Duffy from Rathcormac in Co Cork, died on a trip to Kilimanjaro with James McManus’s Earth’s Edge.
  • Honolulu plans fines for looking at a mobile phone while crossing the street.
  • Southern Europe sweltered as a heatwave sparked wildfires and closed tourist sites
  • A woman’s selfie that caused $200,000 worth of damage at the 14th Factory exhibition space in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles was alleged to be a publicity stunt. Watch here.
  • Authorities in the Balearic Islands lobbied Spanish and EU lawmakers to ban alcohol on flights and in airports to combat anti-social tourism.
  • Six people were injured on the sixth day of bull runs in Pamplona. An Irishman was forced to tell wife of secret trip after being hurt in the Spanish city.
  • The trial of 24 people charged over 2015 Tunisian museum attack opened
  • There were fears for young Irish holidaymakers after 35 measles deaths were reported in the last year.
  • There were fears for the sight of Ciara Twomey from Bantry is a nursing student at the Tralee Institute of Technology after quad bike accident on a Thailand holiday.
  • Run, tell, hide, holidaymakers urged to watch terror attack film.
  • Visiting motorists in France could face a fine for failing to display the right environmental sticker.
  • Chinese conglomerate Fosun, which owns Club Med, is in talks to buy a stake in French ski resorts and amusement parks operator Compagnie des Alpes. The French company operates 11 ski resorts in France and 13 leisure parks and tourist attractions in Europe, including Parc Asterix and Paris’s Grevin waxworks museum.
  • A 57-year-old tourist from New Zealand has died on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten after the blast from a jet’s engines threw her to the ground.
  • A sneeze destroyed a couple’s holiday photo.
  • San Pedro del Pinatar threatened tourists with £650 fines for urinating, nudity and reserving umbrellas in crackdown on anti-social behaviour
  • A survey by Globehunters found that one in ten English people take the wrong currency abroad, up from one in seven two years ago.
  • A 15-year-old work experience student took over England’s Southern Rail network’s Twitter feed and advised customers on what they should have for dinner – “it has to be chicken fajitas” – and the air velocity of birds. (He googled it.)
  • Delta passenger Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, allegedly made for the door an hour into a Chicago to Beijing flight.

Food & Beverage

  • Chefs, restaurant staff and hotel workers are in demand, a jobs.ie survey found. Vacancies are up 22pc year-on-year, with “fierce competition for experienced chefs”. It warned that any reversal of the 9pc VAT rate could hit hospitality sectors.
  • McDonald’s is set to scale back its head office operations in Ireland. McDonald’s currently employs approximately 5,000 people across 92 outlets in Ireland making pre-tax profits of €14m in 2015 on a turnover of €85m. Temple Carrig school in Greystones lost its appeal against planning permission granted to McDonald’s to construct a drive through restaurant 100m from its entrance.
  • Cuisine de France opened a pop-up café on Dublin’s Camden Street ‘La Petite Boulangerie. until Friday July 22.
  • Sean O’Casey’s Bar on Dublin’s Marlborough Street is to become a new traditional music bar called Piper’s Corner and serve craft beers from County Wexford’s Arthurstown Brewing Co.
  • Eamonn and Fatima Blair opened Bakelicious on Montague Street in Dublin with free coffee and cupcakes to its first 200 customers.
  • Gareth Naughton’s Suesey Street restaurant on Fitzwilliam Square launched a new lobster menu.
  • Health fast food chain Freshii opened two new branches at Applegreen garages on the M1 at Lusk and on the M7 at Portlaoise.
  • The former Central Bank building on Dublin’s Dame Street is to get a rooftop restaurant and bar as part of its €67m development.
  • Residents of the north of Ireland spend an average of £55 per month on takeaway food.
  • Findlater Wine and Spirits has merged with Robert Roberts, Batchelors Coffee Company, and Odlums Ingredients, Findlater & Co, with brands such as Lavazza, Robert Roberts, Bollinger, Antinori, Jadot and Glendalough Distillery
  • Pearse Lyons Distillery has been given permission to serve drinks at a €10m visitors centre to open September in the former St. James’s Church on Dublin’s James’s Street.
  • The Irish Spirits Association has called for more ongoing protection of all-island geographic indications with particular emphasis on Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream Liquor and Irish Poteen/Irish Poitín’.
  • John Flannery’s Temple Bar pub reported profits of €3.2m.
  • Profits at Derry and Sallyanne Clake’s l’Ecrivain restaurant in Dublin more than doubled to €115,000 last year.
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay said he never eats aircraft food: “I worked for airlines for ten years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board.”
  • Air India stopped serving non-vegetarian meals to its economy class passengers on domestic flights.

Hotels

  • The landmark Carton House Hotel in Maynooth, developed by the Mallaghan family, is for sale at €60m. The hotel has played host to sports stars, including Ronaldo and Real Madrid, and the Lions before their recent visit to New Zealand.
  • The Osprey in Naas opened a new restaurant. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • Ballyfin in Laois and Ashford Castle in Co Mayo were ranked in 39th and 59thplace respectively on Travel & Leisure magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 hotels. Sheen Falls Lodge is ranked third best resort hotel in either Britain or Ireland.
  • Shane Ross said the 9pc tourism VAT rate should be kept
  • A data breach at Sabre hit Four Seasons and other hotel groups.
  • Sandymount Hotel received its fourth star from Failte Ireland following a €6m refurbishment of its 168 bedrooms.
  • Avoca Hotel Newcastle Co Down is for sale for £600,000.
  • Dubliner Paul Heery, formerly of Scotland’s Gleneagles Hotel, has been appointed General Manager of Adare Manor. Full story here. Adare Manor stepped up staff recruitment ahead of re-openin.The JP McManus-owned hotel and golf resort has received a multi-million euro facelift
  • Eir has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against a 155-bedroom, nine-storey hotel on the site of the former Andrew’s Lane Theatre in Dublin.
  • Family and guests were invited to the Cork International Hotel to help celebrate its 10th anniversary. The hotel officially launched as a group as part of Trigon Hotels with the Cork Airport hotel and the Metropole Hotel this year.
  • The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club, Wicklow, has been awarded the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Award – only the third company in Ireland to reach the internationally recognised business excellence model’s Recognised for Excellence Four Star Standard.
  • Premier Inn claimed they don’t need Booking.com or Expedia with 87pc of bookings coming direct. Skift said Expedia and Booking.com, which each doubled Marriott’s TV advertising spend over the last year, are still growing like weeds despite hotels’ direct-booking campaigns.

Aviation

Aer Lingus, gearing up for the launch of its latest transatlantic route, to Miami, is seeing strong demand from connecting passengers, with sizeable traffic connecting from Paris as well as the usual British cities. Passenger loads at present are looking 85pc outbound to the States and 15pc inbound.

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Dublin Airport had yet another all-time record day on Friday with 109,000 passengers. Passenger numbers reached 2.9m in June, up 6pc. Britain was unchanged at 844,000. Europe up 7pc to 1.6m, transatlantic up 18pc to 385,000, Middle East and North Africa up 6pc to 71,500 and domestic down 8pc to 8,000. Connections for Jan-Jun were up 46pc to 325,000. See here.

So far Ryanair have announced 163 new routes for winter 2017 including Belfast-Malta, Dublin-Naples and Kerry-Berlin (transferred from Shannon).

United will suspend operations Newark-Shannon from November 26 to March. leaving Norwegian the only airline to serve New York in this period.  United Newark-Glasgow has also gone summer seasonal while Newark-Birmingham is ending.

The European Court of Justice ruled that air fare, taxes, airport charges and other charges, surcharges and fees that make up the final price must always be brought individually to the customer’s attention in terms of the amounts they represent in the final price and they should not be fictitious amounts. The case arose from a dispute between Airberlin and the German Consumer Organisations.The pilot of an Air Canada plane carrying 140 passengers made a last-minute manoeuvre to avoid landing on a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport where four passenger jets were lined up to take off.

  • Aircraft leasing companies welcomed developments in the Irish Companies Act. There were reports of new investors and new growth is Irish aviation finance booming for the better.
  • The US laptop ban was lifted on two more airlines Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian
  • Aer Lingus’ IAG sister airline, Iberia, is to stop requiring women to take a pregnancy test as part of its recruitment process after being fined in a Spanish regional court.
  • Ukraine wants to resume talks with Ryanair, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said a day after the airline cancelled plans to begin flights to Kiev and Lviv this year, alleging Kiev’s Boryspil airport was trying to “protect high-fare airlines”.  Ukraine International Airlines denied it took part of negotiations between Kiev International Airport and Ryanair, following Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan comment that UIA is the major obstacle for the airline to enter the country. Ukraine’s ministry wants the airport chief sacked over Ryanair pull-out. Rescue fares in reverse. Wizz Air lowered fares for stranded Ryanair passengers. Ryanair statement here. A lively one-sided analysis here.
  • Colm Barrington’s Dublin-based FLY Leasing announced the purchase of four new aircraft, including a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, the first 737 MAX to join FLY’s fleet.
  • China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) aims to expand its fleet by a fifth to no fewer than 100 aeroplanes and rival Dublin as a leasing giant.
  • Britain’s Eastern Airways is to operate services from Belfast City Airport to Newcastle in England, starting September 1.
  • AerCap leased, purchased and sold 108 aircraft in the second quarter 2017 and doubled the number of 2Q lease agreements
  • Meath-born Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew said airline ‘super-profits are likely in the next decade:
  • Belfast International Airport recorded its 24th consecutive month of double-digit passenger growth.
  • CDB Aviation Lease Finance delivered a B737-800 to Fuzhou Airlines
  • NAC delivered a Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, MSN 4336, to SpiceJet on lease
  • WOW air announced €159 fares from Ireland to Chicago via Keflavik (one newspaper reported these as direct flights).
  • Qatar Airways withdrew its previously filed notification and refiled for a share holding in American Airlines.
  • A Boeing produced chart, based on 50% winds, published by Norwegian, shows the B737-800 range ex-Dublin with 186 passengers as short of Montreal/Boston while the MAX range with 189 passengers includes those cities (plus Dubai and Lagos) but not New York.
  • Aer Lingus awarded Ras Al Khaimah based Spatial the contract to upgrade and overhaul its A320 cabin emergency evacuation trainer and A330 door trainer.
  • Air France is to extend its CDG – San Jose, Costa Rica B777-200ER service to year-round service, operating with by May 2018.
  • Air Zimbabwe/Zimbabwe Airways laid off half of its workforce,
  • American Airlines will end codeshare relationships with Qatar Airways and Etihad. It appeared to blame  Akbar Al Baker’s remarks in Dublin for the Qatar cancellation.  In a letter to the Association of Flight Attendants, Akbar Al Baker said the remarks did not reflect his ‘true sentiments about cabin crew. Competition among air carriers is robust. This is healthy, especially for our passengers, but our competition must remain respectful. For the cabin crew serving aboard all air carriers, professionalism, skill and dedication are the qualities that matter. I was wrong to imply that other factors, like age, are relevant.”
  • Domhnal Slattery’s Avolon agreed lease transition work on two A320s and for the full overhaul and cabin modification on two A330s for summer 2017 with Conor McCarthy’s Dublin Aerospace.
  • DTTAS updated transport statistics January-March, summary and full version.:
  • EasyJet is to establish a new airline, easyJet Europe, which would be headquartered in Vienna to enable it to continue to operate flights within the EU after Britain’s EU exit.
  • Eirtech Shannon received a new A321 from Airbus for painting for Air Busan, Korea.
  • Gus Kelly’s AerCap signed an agreement with Air Transat to lease ten A321neo LRs. Aircraft in spring 2019, replacing A310s.  Air Transat’s A321neo LRs will be configured for 200 seats across Club and Economy Classes.
  • IALPA, IAA and others disagreed about errors in the enhanced ground proximity warning system used in Coast Guard helicopters and their reporting.
  • London City Airport appointed Bechtel to deliver a terminal extension, new three-storey passenger pier, seven new aircraft stands, and a new aircraft taxi lane to provide for 6.5m passengers by 2025.
  • Norwegian Q2 results showed revenue per RPK down 3pc and revenue down 50pc to NOK 990m, passenger numbers up 12pc to 8.6m, RPK up 19pc and load factor unchanged at 88pc.
  • RDC Aviation Economics analysis: Ryanair’s cost advantage can be ascribed to one key feature of the Ryanair network; a lack of competition. From the outset, the airline chose secondary airports where possible, airports that had few (if any) routes but plenty of room to grow. By delivering passengers to sleepy sheds in the country, Ryanair was able to negotiate airport rates unheard of anywhere else.
  • Ryanair lost its discovery pleadings against IMPACT, IALPA and IALPA’s President re claims about fuel policy.  The long-running case continues.
  • Ryanair updated their warning on cabin bags. Watch here Michael O’Leary’s statement on the issue.
  • Seán Clancy took up the role of General Officer Commanding the Air Corps and Director of Military Aviation on June 30.
  • South African Airways was provided with State funds to help it repay loans of about 2.3bn rand to Standard Chartered.
  • Stellwagen Finance announced the closing of a pre-delivery payment financing facility for AWAS relating to 5 B737 Max 8 aircraft.
  • The Department of Defence and Defence Forces issued their Annual Report for 2016. The Department of Defence requested tender for three fixed-wing utility single-engined aircraft for the Air Corps, estimated cost €15m plus an option for one for the Garda.
  • The US Department of Transportation said US airline unions failed to demonstrate how Norwegian Air International’s launch of services from Ireland to the US will lower working conditions for pilots and cabin crew
  • Transport Minister Shane Ross said 800 jobs have been created in aviation and aerospace industries in Shannon over the past five years. When Shannon was declared independent, it had been hoped that 3,000 new jobs would be created as a result of the move by 2021
  • Air New Zealand reported 550 passengers turn up to airport every month with expired passport nd10pc incorrectly enter passport details at online check in.
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  • Ireland’s Coast Guard has no new helicopter after crash.
  • IAG CEO Willie Walsh welcomed the alternative Heathrow runway plan
  • NAC appointed Brian Ruben Pedersen as new CFO
  • Checkpoints caught rip-off taxi drivers near Dublin Airport
  • Emirates denies reports it’s laying off staff, claiming recruitment has slowed down, but is continuing.
  • The Trump team backed Norwegian Air in row over US flights
  • British Airways started working on plans for their 50th Birthday in 2024 with the return of retro Landor livery and new special livery.
  • AerCap signed a lease agreement with Air Transat for 10 new Airbus A321neo LRs.
  • Belfast International Airport Police officers are to start wearing body cameras
  • Dublin Airport restaurant Marqette named Airport Food Hall of the Year at the Moodie Davitt Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Awards.
  • JP Morgan said Ryanair is undervalued compared to its peers.
  • Oriens Aviation delivered a PC-12 to Irish businessman and entrepreneur Neil Armstrong
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Afloat

A new cruise passenger terminal opened in Limassol, Cyprus.

  • Viscount Caribbean has changed the itineraries of three of its cruise ships to avoid Falmouth in Jamaica.
  • Seven Seas Mariner will sail Regent’s 131-night world cruise in 2020
  • Independence of the Seas will undergo a refurb in 2018 to add specialty restaurant Izumi Japanese Cuisine, new inside and ocean view staterooms and a suite lLounge.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line will offer wine expert sailings on two ships
  • Silversea created an expedition leadership training programme.
  • Saga Cruises newest ship will be named Spirit of Discovery
  • P&O launched a competition to name a new ship.
  • Sea Princess visited Cobh on Australia Day

Ireland

An Irish Pilgrim Passport will apply to five pilgrim routes totalling 125km, during Heritage Week, August 19 to 26: Tóchar Phádraig, Co Mayo (35km); St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow (30km); Cosán na Naomh, Co Kerry (18km); St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Co Cork (35km); Cnoc na dTobar, Co Kerry (a steep 6km).

Kildare Village are hosting an Avios event next weekend, Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd inclusive when 76 of the boutiques in the village are offering an additional 20pc discount and 13 boutiques are offering an additional 30pc discount. Customers earn four Avios points for every €1 you spend (instead of the usual 1.25 Avios for every €1 spent) plus 250 bonus Avios points when you shop with us. During the weekend you will also be in with a chance to win amazing prizes from Avios partners who will be in the Village, including Aer Club, Independent Newspapers, Avis and Belfast City Airport, along with an opportunity to win 100,000 Avios points.

HMS Caroline reopened to the public in Belfast after extensive repairs to the hull and a permanent advanced mooring system.

Fáilte Ireland supported a reception and welcome dinner on Friday night at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, an annual weekend-long conference on food, culture and history with 265 international scholars, journalists, chefs, scientists, sociologists, anthropologists.

Tourism Ireland announced the appointment of Louise Finnegan as its new Head of Business Partnership. Picture shows Mark Henry and Louise Finnegan at the Etihad event in Dublin

An innovative 21st century experience”: ARI and Walsh Whiskey launched a virtual reality tour at Dublin Airport.

Fáilte Ireland is teaming up with cycling specialists Ride Wild (www.ridewild.ie ) to launch the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif, a series of bi-annual cycling events.

Deal Watch

Falcon offers: Dublin to Algarve, 7 nights B&B, 4* Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura, from €1,069, depart

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

August 13. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights self-catering 3* Ola Aparthotel Tomir, from €459pp, depart August 17. Dublin to Crete, 7 nights self-catering 3* Golden Bay Apartments, Gournes, from €549pp , depart August 27. Dublin to Ibiza, 7 nights self-catering 3* Casa Luis, Santa Eulalia, from €479pp, depart August 31. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 2* Costa Volcan Apartments, Puerto Del Carmen, from €549, depart August 31. Cork to Lanzarote, 14 nights all inclusive 3* Be Live Lanzarote Beach, Costa Teguise, from €1,499, depart September 21. Ireland West Airport to Costa Dorada, 7 nights half board,  3* Hotel Cala Font, Cap De Salou, from €939pp, depart August 1. Shannon-Majorca, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picafort, from €689, depart August 26. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

 

 

Thomson offers: Dublin to Ibiza, 14 nights half board 3*Fiesta Milord Hotel, San Antonio Bay, from €1,099, depart July 27. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights self-catering 3* Protur Bahia Azul Apartments, Cala Bona, from €399, depart August 29. Dublin to Costa Dorada, 7 nights self-catering 3* Belvedere Hotel, Salou, from €629, depart August 20. Dublin to Corfu, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Sensimar Nissaki, Corfu, from €1,169, depart August 18. Dublin–Gran Canaria, 14 nights self-catering 3* Puerto Plata, Puerto Rico, from €579, depart August 18.

Teletext Holidays offers: Dublin to Albufeira, 7 nights self-catering 3* Vilanova, from €275, depart September 20. Dublin to Praia da Rocha, 7 nights self-catering 3* Club Praia da Rocha, from €305, depart September 20. Dublin to Praia da Rocha, 7 nights self-catering 4* Oceanico Atlantico Apartments, from €312, depart September 7. Cork to Algarve, 7 nights self-catering 3* Rosamar Apartments, from €305, depart September 17. Shannon to Albufeira, 7 nights self-catering 3* Albufeira Jardim, from €379, depart September 15. log onto www.teletextholidays.ie or call 01 – 695 0643

Tour America offers: Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights self-catering Rosen Inn International, from €509, depart October 13. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel, from €539, depart February 9. Dublin to New York, 3 nights at the Roosevelt Hotel, from €549, depart March 2. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive at the Riu Cancun, from €1399, depart October 19. www.touramerica.ie

Sunway offers: Dublin to Thailand, 6 nights B&B in the Old Phuket Hotel, 2 Days/1 night full board at the Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, from €1225, depart May 2018. www.sunway.ie

Topflight offers: Up to 50pc off in summer sale. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights self-catering 4* Butterfly Camping, Peschiera, Lake Garda, was €769 now €549, depart August 5. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Linda, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, was €780 now €519, depart July 29th. 11th August, Dublin to Italy, 7 nights self-catering 4* Fattoria Castiglionchio, Tuscan countryside, was €749 now €529, depart August 11. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, was €807 now €549, depart July 23. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera, was €749 now €549, depart July 29. Belfast to Italy, 7 nights self-catering 3* Ambassador Suite Apartments, was £799 now £399, depart July 29. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Insight Vacations offers: 10pc off bookings for European trips departing in July and August. Amazing Spain and Portugal, which visits both Spain and Portugal and is a 9-day all-inclusive tour, was €1179, now €1617, departs September 23. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

Uniworld offers: Dublin to Vietnam, 15 days all inclusive cruise only from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, was €5,899 now €2,949. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

What we learned.

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