Travel Extra’s Sunday Supplement July 6 2014: Lingus moves its Heathrow Home


supplement-jly6The ball arrives for the American football match at the American Independence Day celebration at the US ambassadorial residence in Dublin.HEADLINES – AVIATION – AFLOAT – FOOD & WINE – HOTELS – INTERNATIONAL – IRELAND – TRAVEL TRADE

*EI and FR Traffic up

*Heathrow T5 baggage breakdown

*Aer Lingus to move to Heathrow T2 Wednesday

*Fáilte Ireland names 2013 top spots


Video of the week

Our video of the week comes from comedy duo Ben Borrello and Zach Searchy. The pair missed their flight from Fort Worth Airport to Dallas and decided to document how they distracted themselves till the next flight the following day. Some of their activities include military training, sidewalk sprinting and yoga. Plenty of ideas to keep a stranded travel agent entertained in the future. 

  • Italian police released underwater footage of the sunken Costa Concordia. The video shoes divers examining the wreckage, showing dilapidated sofas, tables and stairs. Some sections, such as the reception desk (4:00) are still intact. The cruise ship sank in January 2012 killing 32 people. You can watch the eight minute video here.
  • Take a virtual tour of the Verrückt Meg-a-Blaster waterslide, which is due to open in Schlitterbahn Park in Kansas. Watch the POV video here.
  • Fáilte Ireland invited 17 adventure journalists to road-test Columbia Sportswear’s 2015 outdoor clothing range. The group spent a day in Dublin before heading for a three-night stay in Donegal where they took part in an adventure race, sea kayaking and sea stack climbing. Fáilte Ireland created a video promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, which you can watch here.
  • A video of a son’s surprise homecoming racked up over half a million views on YouTube. The son emerges from the sea having “swam” all the way from Australia, much to his mother’s surprise. You can watch the video here.
  • Take a look at this video shot in The Gallery at Ice in Windsor. The footage shows a piece from an exhibition of 3D artwork by Brian Weaver, who specialises in moving art and confectionary art. The exhibition is open until July 24.


ryanair 2Howard Millar,Ryanair’s deputy CEO and CFO, announced he will be stepping down as a full-time executive in December and said Ryanair is now replicating the services and culture Aer Lingus would have given it had it succeeded in acquiring the smaller carrier. Millar said he is leaving Ryanair after more than 22 years because CEO Michael O’Leary shows no signs of handing over the reins. Michael O’Leary thanked him for his contribution to the company, where he worked for 23 years. O’Leary said that he was sorry to lose Millar as a senior executive, but was “pleased that he has agreed to join the Board as a Non-Executive Director from mid-2015, where he will continue to offer insight, guidance and wise counsel to the airline”Neil Sorahan, Ryanair’s current finance director, was appointed the airline’s new CFO with effect from October 1. Meanwhile the airline launched its new three times daily Dublin-Glasgow service as part of its extended winter schedule. service as part of its extended winter schedule.

The release of the final part of the jigsaw of Ireland’s visitor attraction numbers, Fáilte Ireland’s figures for the top fee paying and top free attractions in 2013 (seven months later) confirmed the top ten table carried out by Travel Extra in January. The emerging attraction of the year is Michael and Kathleen O’Toole’s Sheep and Wool Heritage centre in Leenane (250,000 visitors). Most of the major attractions saw strong growth in 2013, but figures were not released for the Botanic Gardens in Belfast (650,000 in 2012) or Dondonald Ice Rink (459, 308 in 2012), The O’Neill centre in Ranfurly House Dungannon attracted 97,873 visitors in its first year. Derry Walls increased to 410,870 from 280,922. Kyleomore Abbey and, more surprisingly, Belvedere in Westmeath, MIdleton Distillery and JF Kennedy Arbotereum in New Ross fell out of the charts altogether. The top twenty (in the absence of Belfast Botanic gardens and the parks included by NITB but not by Failte Ireland) is: 1 Guinness Storehouse 1,156,985, 2 Dublin Zoo 1,026,611, 3 Cliffs of Moher 960,134, 4 Nat Aquatic Centre 858,231, 5 Giant’s Causeway Centre 753,929, 6 Nat Gallery 641,572, 7 Titanic 614,138, 8 Book of Kells 588,723, 9 Botanic Gardens Glasnevin 550,000, 10 Farmleigh 435,476, 11 Lurgan Park 442,784, 12 Tayto Park Ashbourne 435,000, 13 Ulster Museum 416,028, 14 Derry Walls 410,870, 15 St Patrick’s Cathedral 410,000, 16 Nat Museum Kildare St 404,230, 17 Fota Wildlife Park Cork 365,396, 18 Blarney Castle 365,000, 19 Newbridge Silverware 350,000, 20 Science Gallery 339,264.

There were further delays with Heathrow T5 baggage systemwhich has been suffering from a software problem for over a week.Some passengers are still waiting to be reunited with their bags a week later. Passenger numbers were up for both Aer Lingus and Ryanair last month. Aer Lingus carried 995,000 passengers (+4.9pc), but its load factor dropped by 0.7pc to 85.5pc compared to the same time last year. Ryanair’s traffic grew 5pc to 8.3m passengers. Its load factor also increased 4pc to 88pc.Aer LIngus sunshine_3589

Aer Lingus moves to Heathrow T2on Wednesday (July 9). So far, Air Canada, Air China, ANA, EVA Air and United Airlines have made the move to the new terminal. The full list of moves is published below. t2-movesA new Belfast-Istanbul service is expected to be launched in two years’ time. Turkish Airlines are tipped to begin operating a three-four rotations weekly service from Belfast International to Istanbul Ataturk in 2016.

Travel Trade

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Little Green Cars were the signature entertainment as the annual American football match at which US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Stuart Dwyer hosted 3,000 guests, including leading members of the travel trade, at the ambassadorial residence in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to celebrate Independence Day. Guerrilla gourmet club (co-founded by Ross Golden Bannon) prepared the signature corn dogs using real corn batter, 400 canapés for the diplomatic corps and 2,000 picnics including healthy pea salad to the Michelle Obama recipe and regional cuisine including Cincinnati chile (no kidney beans with warmer spices). Picture shows Stuart Dwyer, Charge d’Affaires at the American embassy in Dublin. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

IMG_6935Sunway’s Pamela Hand (on right, pictured with Marie Claire Porter also of Sunway) starred as Lady Liberty as Sunway and Virgin Atlantic hosted 100 members of the travel trade at their Independence Day party at the trendy Everleigh Gardens night club in Dublin. Jeanette Taylor, newly appointed as National Travel Trade representative and Barry Hammond, new to Sunway’s long haul division, were among the hosts as Sunway highlighted their American programme. Holly Best of Virgin Atlantic talked about the excitement in advance of the arrival of the airline’s new 787-9 Dreamliner on the London Heathrow to Boston route in September.  Ireland is Virgin’s best performing offline market and is growing rapidly with the support of the trade. Separately, Virgin Little Red’s English and Scottish services, wet leased to Aer Lingus, have reached their load factor targets with the Aberdeen route in particular proving very profitable. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.Picture: Miki Barlok

Jeanette Taylor was appointed National Trade Representative for Sunway Holidays. Jeanette has been working with Sunway for 14 years and previously worked as agency rep for the Munster region.

Aer Lingus and Orlando Flexticket are offering agents with the highest number of flights booked before July 31 a trip to Orlando on  September 18-23. Email bookings to  with name, contact details and travel agency and Orlando Educational 2014 in subject line.

Funway Holidays is celebrating the first birthday of its MoneyCard travel agent loyalty scheme with an £5 ‘Birthday Bonus’ giveaway. MoneyCard members who make a holiday booking in July to any USA, Mexico or Caribbean destinations featured will be entered into a draw to win a bonus £5 added to their card. stephen humphreys1

Stephen Humphreys will be British Airways‘ new head of sales and marketing for Britain & Ireland from the end of July, based in London.

Brand USA asked travel agents to vote for the next two training modules to be developed for its online ‘Discovery’ training programme. Members can vote on the community poll button under the Knowledge Forum page.

Kimpton Hotels hosts a trade event in Dublin tomorrow (July 7).

Veteran Cork travel agent George Barter was appointed as the Embassy of Portugal in Ireland’s honorary consul in Cork.

TUI Travel is to join with its German parent company, TUI AGin a €7bn merger.Ibiza gerry o'hare anne cadwallader

Travel Extra’s co-founder and managing editor Gerry O’Hare, and our Features Editor, Anne Cadwallader, can enjoy themselves there as this photo of the duo in Ibiza‘s Old Town shows. The couple are marginally younger than the town’s ten-metre thick 17th century walls. But only just.

Thomson announced a platinum summer offer from Cork to Gran Canaria departing July 26; seven nights all inclusive for two sharing from €1,062pp. Other last minute offers include Dublin to Ibiza, seven nights all inclusive from €699pp for two sharing; Cork to Lanzarote seven nights all inclusive from €718pp and Shannon to Majorca, seven nights self-catering from €595pp.Karen hogan

TCC announced that the winner of its summer agent incentive was Karen Hogan from JustSplit (pictured). Karen won a €1,000 garden or home makeover.

DoSomethingDifferent’s best-selling attractions to date this year have been the 14-Day Disney & Universal Combo Pass in Orlando, USA; the Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour in Krakow, Poland; and the Northern Lights Mystery in Reykavik, Iceland. DSD have added three attractions to their itineraries Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Evening Saver Ticket in London (€19)|, Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour in New York (€105 per carriage) and a 48-Hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus and Skip the Line Entry to Colosseum, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome, (€98 per adult, €60 per child).Riviera travel copy

Six Riviera staff accompanied 30 Irish and British travel agents to inspect the new MS William Shakespeare on a voyage to Cologne. The group were treated to a champagne reception by the captain followed by lunch. They had a guided tour of the Roman Museum in Cologne. Picture shows Rory Mc Dyer of Rory Mc Dyer Travel, Stephen Sands of Riviera Travel, Rebekah Commane of Travel Weekly in London, Richard Cullen of Killiney Travel and Alan Darby of PAB travel on board the new ship.

beatrice cosgrove hurling 001 copyEtihad hosted media in Croke Park. Picture shows Beatrice Cosgrove, Ireland Manager of Etihad, practicing her skills with the caman for photographers in Croke Park. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.ITAA’s weekly offers are available here. This week’s offers include a 10-night stay in Bali (€1,160pp) and a seven-night stay in Orlando (€569pp).

Travel Professionals  Skillnet will host four online seminars on travel law during the summer. The seminars will be taught by solicitor Anne Dolan. The first ‘webinar’ takes place this Wednesday (July 9), from 8:30am—10am. Each instalment costs €25. See here for more.

ENIT announced details of its public event at Puglia Village on George’s Dock.The Puglia event takes place July 6—15 which includes a presentation and dinner on July 10. See here for the full schedule.

Darryl Ismail’s Innstant Travel says it has added 10,000 hotels overall, including 1,800 hotels in Italy, 3,490 in the Mediterranean, 2,190 in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific Island, 21 in Hawaii, and 2,500 Asia, including China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.IMG_6789 copy

Caroline Coyle, Kelly Sawyer and Gary Byrne of Las Vegas CVA and John Donohue of Aereps hosted 37 members of the travel trade at a breakfast event in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Picture shows Angel Williams of Miracle Mile Shops and David O’Grady of Etravel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on FacebookIMG_6682 copy Las Vegas CVA also hosted 73 members of the travel trade at a workshop, dinner and table quiz in Cafe En Seine. Picture shows Kelly Sawyer of Las Vegas CVA and John Donohue of Aereps. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel South USA announced its 2014 executive board officers: Duane Parrish, chairman of the board; Mike Mangeot, vice chairman; Kyle Edminston, secretary; and Wit Tuttell, treasurer.

Sunway announced its late summer offers to Lanzarote: 7 nights B&B in the twin relax room at Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort from €1,129 for July and August and from €999 for September.


Russborough announced four upcoming summer events: garden sculpture exhibition, free entry, July 19—August 10, 10am—5pm daily; vintage and classic car display, free viewing, July 20, 1pm—4pm; paintings valuation day, donation-based event, August 2, 10am—4pm; and Celtic Tenors, tickets €25, August 16, 7:30pm. Five of Jurys Inn‘s hotels received a makeover following a €9m investment. The group revamped the rooms, lobbies, restaurants and bars of its Custom House, Christchurch, Parnell Street, Cork and Galway hotels. It also introduced free Wi-Fi for guests and improved its meeting rooms in Custom House and Cork.

Picture by jurvetson via Flickr

Picture by jurvetson via Flickr

The IHF issued a statement following the cancellation of two upcoming Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park.

Travelport and Hilton Worldwide signed a new long-term GDS deal.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort in the Noonu Atoll Maldiveslaunched a ‘Flyboarding’ and water-sports experience for guests.

St Moritz announced two offers to celebrate the launch of its Cowshed Spa: one-night B&B for two including an hour-long spa treatment plus full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities, £135pp; and two-nights including dinner, breakfast in bed, afternoon tea and massages for two, £145pp per night.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool opened at Stanley Dock. The site was formerly The North Warehouse and has been turned into a 153 bedroom hotel with a restaurant, bar, spa and events space.

De Vere hotel group ran into bother with the British Advertising Standards Authority for running a misleading offer on its website.

Faithlegg House Hotel announced summer family breaks are available from €129pp for two nights B&B plus evening meal. Kid’s prices start at €15 per night for B&B. The hotel is offering access to the SuirFun kids club for children aged 3—12. It has partnered with The First Tee of Ireland for a gold summer camp from July 14—18 for children up to 16 years.

Aloft Hotels announced it will open its second English hotel in Liverpool on October 29.

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa was sold to an un-named European investor “with significant international hotel interests”. The Davy Group completed the purchase on his behalf. listed its top 10 hotels on the Wild Atlantic Way:

  1. An Chúirt Gweedore Court, Gweedore
  2. Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
  3. The Glasshouse, Sligo
  4. Belleek Castle, Ballina
  5. Renvyle House, Connemara
  6. Doolin Hotel, Doolin
  7. Gormans Clifftop House, Dingle Peninsula
  8. Park Hotel, Kenmare
  9. The Maritime, Bantry
  10. Trident, Kinsale


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Picture by jonrawlinson via Flickr

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism released new passport guidelines for visitors: those entering the country must have passports valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter Turkey before December 31. From January 1, 2015, passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country.

Indonesia increased its visa on arrival fee from $25 to $35 per person.

Tour de France winner Stephen Roche celebrated 20 years of opening his first bike station in the Calvia region of Majorca.

GTA celebrated 30 years in the Asian market by launching a campaign with over 100 special offers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bali.

Adler Mountain Lodge opened in the Dolomites mountain range, which was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage index. TAT’s Amazing Thailand Grand Sale opened with a “Shopping Challenge” in Bangkok. The three-month promotion will continue until September 30.

Enterprise rent-a-car is now operating in Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia. Following a £9m restoration,

Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent opened to visitors.
Visitors who use the Algarvepass Card can avail of free Wi-Fi from six beaches including Vilamoura, Portimão and Albufeira. The card costs €10 and is available from tourist information points.

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The Transformers 30th Anniversary Expo opened at the Venetian Macau. The event, which runs until October 5, features over 1,000 toys and collectibles, a Transformers 3D hologram and a screening room showing the animated series.

Isola di Mal Ventre, a private island in the Mediterranean, is up for sale. Located 130 miles from Porto Cervo resort, the 200 acre island is listed for €1.5m. Thirty-seven people had to be rescued after cable cars derailed above Grenoble.

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Topfllight hosted a travel media group in Bologna, famous for its 44km of porticoes, where the activities included a visit to the Museo Ferrari in Maranello, test drive in a Ferrari car and a pasta cookery class (Bologna has 21 cookery schools and shops. Topflight have two flights a week to Bologna. A typical 3 night stay in low season costs from €309 depending on flight timings. Restaurateur Stefano Bussaglia hosted the group at Ristorante Ciacco on Via San Simone. Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra prepares to test drive a Ferrari at the Museo Ferrari in Maranello. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.


Food & Wine published its top 10 “hottest chefs” to check out during the summer.

Paris’ Shangri-La Hotel is offering guests the opportunity to sampleKrug Champagne and Petrossian Caviar on the terrace of its seventh-floor emblematic suite. The service is available from July 12 to August 6. Reservations are open now and the rate is €450 for two people including a bottle of Kung Grande Cuvée.9T2A9826a copy

Tennent’s NI won a five-year contract to supply draught beers and ciders to Hastings Hotels.


Aviation joke courtesy of The Beano comic:

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Picture by lkarasawa via Flickr

Delta Air Linesemployees Michael Yedor and Paul Anderson were indicted by a US federal grand jury on charges that they planned to defraud the airline of $22m. Two surveys revealed Irish passengers’ pre-flight rituals.

A survey by, using a sample of 180 Irish people, found that 71pc of Irish holidaymakers visit a hairdresser or beautician before a holiday; the average spend on a pre-holiday makeover is €110-€150; 26pc apply fake tan before going to the beach; 80pc of the women surveyed wear make-up on holiday. A separate survey by quizzed 870 people. The survey found: 52pc buy a newspaper, book or magazine before boarding a flight; 18pc drink alcohol before take-off; 14pc say a prayer; 5pc aim to be first on-board; 4pc take a sedative; 2pc pat the outside of the plane; 2pc carry a lucky charm with them; and 1pc book the same seat number every time.

Aer Lingus could take a profit hit as high as 9pc this year because of spiralling oil costs in Iraq, the Irish Independent reported.

Michael O’Leary bought just over €2m worth of shares in Ryanair, bringing his total holding in the company up to 3.71pc.

James Hogan, CEO of Etihad, said Europe should embrace external investment to strengthen the aviation sector and said his airline wanted to engage with Europe for mutual gain. Speaking at an EU conference on air transport competiveness, Hogan said: “Consolidation of airlines is critical to sustainable air services. External investment is not a threat. It is an opprtunitiy to strengthen airlines, and to support employment and economic growth.”  Etihad currently has a minority stake in three European airlines: airberlin (29.2pc), Aer Lingus (4.99pc) and Air Serbia (49pc). Last week, it announced its intention to acquire 49pc of Alitalia. In an interview with, the airline said the carriers it has invested in would have faced thousands of job losses and possible collapse without its involvement.

Ryanair announced its winter programme from Glasgow airport, a new base (Ryanair’s 69th with 1 aircraft) with three daily services to/from Dublin (one switched from Prestwick). Ryanair said despite the switch, it remains committed to its long standing base at Prestwick. The airline says it’s aiming to carry 30m passengers in Britain this year in a bid to attract more business customers – it is targeting business passengers with new corporate tickets set go on sale in August.

An American Airlines Boeing 767-300 travelling from Manchester to Chicago was forced to make a diversion to Dublin after it reported a pressurisation issue.

Cyprus Airways board chairman Tony Antoniou says the airline is close to getting a strategic investor.

Dublin airport retail (the Loophas opened a new outlet positioned after US security and pre-clearance in T2. Dublin Airport passenger numbers were 2.1m in June, up 6pc on the same month last year, British figures were 640,000, up 4pc, Europe 1.2m up 4pc, transatlantic 245,000, up 15pc, other international traffic, mainly Middle East, 51,000 up 12pc, domestic 6,000, up 3pc. In a new deal with DAA International, 100 staff from Oman will travel to Dublin Airport for training over the next six months. ESB and DAA agreed to reduce Dublin Airport’s energy consumption by 30pc.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernades said he was driving Airbus “crazy” to commit to an upgrade of the A330 aircraft. The airline also announced that it will be re-entering Japan’s low cost market.

Emergency services in Shannon were stood down after a BA flight from London to Miami issued a Mayday call. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and cabin and declared his intention to make an emergency landing in Shannon. Units from the fire brigade and ambulance service were on standby, but were not called into action. The pilot decided to return to Heathrow instead where the aircraft made a safe landing.

Qatar said it may reconsider its 186 orders of Airbus if it cannot obtain landing rights or slots at European airports.

The Obama administration is pushing for increased security precautions at European airports because of  claims by American security boffins that militants in Syria and Yemen have developed bombs that can be smuggled onto planes. Britain’s deputy PM Nick Clegg called for increased security checks.

Galway City Council heard a call to invest in Knock airport. It is also in discussions with Galway County Council and Carnmore Aviation about the possibility the former Galway Airport site may reopenfor a Galway-Dublin air taxi route.

Aer Lingus winter schedule includes daily services from Dublin to Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino but not (as yet) to Malpensa or Bologna.

An unnamed customer bought 16 Bombardier CRJ900s, which are part made in Belfast, in a deal worth over $727m (€535m).

Heathrow passengers face higher ticket prices if the airport builds a third runway because of an increase in landing fees.

Lufthansa celebrated the first anniversary of Germanwings’ relaunch.  Lufthansa has taken delivery of its 14th Boeing 747-8. Boeing has added weight and clarified range for 787-9 and 787-10. Boeing said it delivered 181 commercial aircraft in the second-quarter, up 6.6pc year over year.
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Etihad celebrated the delivery of its 100th and 101staircraft.

China United Airlines, a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, was converted into a budget carrier.

Malaysia Airliens introduced a new ‘Hero Dishes’ menu for economy passengers on flights between London and Kuala Lumpur.

Aer Lingus is offering 20pc off flights from Agadir, Athens, Bourgas, Budapest, Copenhagen, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Izmir, Prague, Pula and Stockholm to Dublin. Customers must book by July 7 and fly between September 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015.

Etihad Airways announced a service upgrade to Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kozhikode and Hyderabad. A double-daily connection is now operating to Bangalore, Chennai and Kozhikode, and Hyderabad from October 1.

The airline says it will use its new Airbus A320s to accommodate the increased frequencies. Thierry Aucoc, Emirates’ senior vice president of commercial operations for Europe and Russia, said he can see a ‘serious recovery’ in Czech Republic’s air travel market and said its activity is “impressive”.

ATA reported that global air passenger numbers rose 6.2pc in May. Every region except Africa saw an improvement. At European airlines, international traffic climbed 6.1pc in May compared to 12 months earlier. That increase came as capacity rose 5.3pc and the carriers’ combined load factor – or percentage of available seats sold – rose 0.6 percentage points to 80.3pc.

Fliers at JFKNewark Liberty InternationalLaGuardia and Stewart International  can now avail of 30 minutes free Wi-Fi for the next six months,

Air France passengers can use the Touch&Pass app to board and check-in on flights from Toulouse-Blagnac to Paris-Orly. An emergency slide accidentally inflated on-board a United Airlines flight.

Aer Lingus costs could increase by €10m a year if plans for a third runway at Heathrow go ahead.

Ryanair announced that, according to the latest SITA World Tracer report, it mishandled less that 0.36 bags per 1,000 customers last year. The global average was 6.96 mishandled bags per 1,000 customers and the European average was 9.

Fourteen directors of the Irish arm of GE Capital Aviation Servicesshared a pay pot of $15.27m (€11.2m) last year, the Irish Independent reports.

The European Commission reported increased transparency in airport setting charges, but called for more even implementation.

French police lost explosives at Marseille airport after sniffer dogs were unable to complete a training exercise.

KLM apologised for posting an offensive tweet following the Netherland’s victory over Mexico. The English Guardian published its readers’ top 10 airport horror stories.


Irish Ferries announced its August bank holiday offers: three-night stay arriving August 1 at Cala Gran, Quay West or Presthaven Sands is €733 for up to six people in a two bedroom caravan including return car ferry travel. Four-night stays arriving August 4 are priced at €945.Stena Line Paul rankin copy

Paul Rankin was welcomed to Rosslare Port by Eamon Fortune and Steve Davies of Stena Lines before setting sail to Fishguard to make an appearance at the Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival. Meanwhile Stena Lines announced its ‘kids go free’ offer has been extended until July 20. The offer gives children under 16 free travel on every sailing on the Dublin/Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead and Rosslare-Fishguard routes until January 5, 2015.

Message from a Bottle announced that it will use FleetMon GPS trackers from Jakota cruise systems.

Royal Caribbean is offering passengers $100 spending moneywhen they book a 2014 holiday on the Independence, Adventure of Brilliance of the Seas vessel before July 31.

Click and Go and Norwegian Cruise Lines are offering a nine-night solo cruise in New York on-board the Norwegian Breakaway. Prices start from €1,459 which includes direct Aer Lingus flights and two nights’ accommodation in a NYC hotel. Departs February 11, 2015.

Royal Caribbean announced its 2015 cruise offers on its new ‘Anthem of the Seas’ ship: 13 nights to the Canaries from €1,529pp, sail October 11, 2015; 8 nights to the Norwegian fjords from €979pp, sail May 26; 12 nights to the Canaries and Africa from €1,399pp, sail June 17. See here for more.


Nine representatives from Germany’s business tourism sector were hosted in Cork this week by Tourism Ireland. Zoë Redmond, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Central Europe, said: “Familiarisation visits like this are an invaluable element of that programme to build awareness of Cork and Ireland and our world-class business tourism offering, among the business tourism sector in Germany. We are highlighting the world-class conference and meetings facilities available, as well as showcasing the great experiences delegates can enjoy in Ireland on the sidelines of their conference or meeting, interacting with locals and savouring aspects of our unique culture and heritage.” 

Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland conducted market research to identify consumer categories within the country’s biggest tourism markets, Britain, the US France and Germany. You can see the results here.

Bray Summerfest added the ‘Bray Head Slide’ to its programme.Tayto park bus copy

Bus Éireann will run a daily direct service from Dublin city centre to Tayto Park.

An Rothar Nua Coca-Cola Zero Bike schemes were announcedfor Cork (320 bikes), Limerick (215) and Galway (205) next autumn.

The ICC expects a surge in business for caravan and camping parks around the country thanks to the recent spell of good weather. Six people had to be rescued when the ‘chairoplane’ ride at

Tramore amusement park malfunctioned.Shannon Airport 5K 3 copy The first charity night-time run at an Irish airport took place at Shannon on Friday. Over 1,200 people participated in the 5km run, which was in aid of the Samaritans.

Arthur’s Day is no more.

In anticipation of the Dalriada Festival, which takes place July 13—19, NITM announced a special offer Ballygally Castle Hotel: two nights B&B and one evening meal is available from £120pp.

Molly Malone is to be restored to her position in Grafton street after repairs.Kieran Harnett

Kildare Villageopened an exhibition of Irish sculpture. ‘CAST – Iconic Irish Bronze’ is on display until the end August and features over 20 works from artists including Orla de Bri, Rowan Gillespie and Sand Bell.

The second day of the Foynes air show takes place today at 3pm. An estimated 15,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event, which marks the 75th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight.

The owner of Adams & Butler, the luxury travel firm that recently hosted Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s honeymoon (collectively known as “Kimye”),said that the firm is up for sale.

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