TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement October 28 2018



Judith Widman conducts Irish travel agents on a tour of Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Visit USA fam

Things to know about travel this week

  • Things to know about Travel this week
  • 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.
  • Two upcoming Irish attractions make Lonely Planet hot list for 2019.

Video watch

A trip down memory lane at Knock Airport, as it relives the first landing there back in 1985. Watch here.

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.

Meanwhile, 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 hereAn 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 a third 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.”

Travel Trade

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

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 to their smart phones and set up their profiles.

Stephanie Frame and Mary McKenna celebrate Mary's Entrepreneur award 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 manage,r 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.

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 here or 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 with the subject line “Trip or Treat 2018”., 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.

 Strange World

The family of a man stoned to death by a gang of monkeys in 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.

Israel said a lightning strike was to blame for the accidental launch of two Hamas rockets from the Gaza Strip. “It would not have been right to go to war over the weather,” an unnamed minister told local media.


Sonia Cabezvelo (Cantabrian tour guide) , Gemma Fulham (Sunday Independent), Aileen C. O'Reilly (Travel Extra), Sara Rivero Lopez,(Turespana) and John Donlon (Sunday World) at the top of the world (Pico deTesorero) after the most amazing vertical cable car ride in the Fuente Dé cable car in Cantabria in Spain! In 4 minutes we rose over 1,823 metres in altitude. Asturias and Cantabria fam trip with Turespana to Northern Spain (Spain's green coast) October 24 - 28th 2018Travel 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.

Park rangers recovered the bodies of a man and woman who plunged from a popular overlook at Yosemite National Park in the US.

One Airbnb “host” manages a portfolio of 204 apartments in Barcelona worth €37,721 a day in rental income during the high season, data organisation DataHipp found.

Turkey is closing self-service e-visa kiosks at its airports. From today visitors will have to apply for their e-visa in advance from the official e-visa portal,

Authorities in Rome have launched two probes after 24 fans of the CSKA Moscow football team were injured when a crowded escalator suddenly sped up then collapsed.

At least 18 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan.

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.

Brexit could be an opportunity, said Stephen Glancey, CEO of Bulmers-maker C&C, which is in advanced talks with operators in mainland Europe to manufacture their products at its British plant after Britain leaves the European Union.


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.

The average daily hotel room rate in the Republic was €147.85 in September, up 8.2pc on the same month in 2017. Occupancy was 89.7pc, while RevPAR was up 8pc at €132.66, STR data recorded.

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.

James McGinn, who has been appointed to the board of Hastings HotelsFormer 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



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.

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.

The Ryanair racism row – in which a passenger launched a tirade at an elderly lady – rumbled on and on last week. The airline was accused of not reacting fast enough to a viral video of the incident. Ryanair released a statement later in the week, denying the “false claims that Ryanair did not respond ‘quickly’ or ‘appropriately’ to this video” and said it has a zero tolerance policy in regard to disruptive passengers and racism.


Butlers Chocolate joins Irish crisps and whiskey onboard Emirates flights

Christine O’Donovan, Head of Aviation and International Asset Finance at business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran

Irish aviation needs to up its game, with women still struggling to reach leadership positions, according to new research by business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran. More than half of the respondents said that over 30pc of their workforce is female, but only 16pc said that more than 30pc of their senior roles are held by women. Pictured is Christine O’Donovan, Head of Aviation and International Asset Finance at Mason Hayes & Curran.

More than 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 service from the end of this year.

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 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.



Hurtigruten has ordered a third hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship to be delivered in the second quarter of 2021.

Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is returning to Southampton after five years’ absence in 2020, with bookings open from November 2-0.

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas will be based in Alaska in 2020, for the second year running.

Princess Cruises will deploy a record five ships in Europe in 2020 – three of them in Southampton. Regal Princess may call at Irish ports as part of her itinerary.

Marella Cruises’ adults-only Marella Explorer 2, which debuts in May 2019,  will feature a Prosecco and Champagne bar called Flutes (pictured), and The Beach Cove that will take on a beach-barbecue theme. Other venues include a pizzeria and 19th Hole bar with golf-buggy-style seating and two golf simulators.

MSC Cruises will feature a MasterChef Juniors at Sea kids’ cooking competition on MSC Seaview in spring 2019.


Paul Blanchfield & Gerald Heffernan opened The vaults, a €5m immersive visitor attraction in Dublin’s Liberties.

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.

An Bord Pleanála’s has upheld the granting of planning permission for JP McManus’s International Rugby Experience in 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 Stoker lived 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 figure.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed and Tánaiste Simon Coveney with students, Myles Ó Raghallaigh, and Cáit Ní Drisceoil, Coláise Dáibhéid, to announce that Cork will host the national maritime festival, Seafest, from 2019 – 2021. Photo: Michael O'Sullivan /OSM PHOTO

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. Photo: Michael O’Sullivan /OSM PHOTO

Deal Watch


  • Sunway offers: ‘Wonders of China’ escorted tour, includes flights ex Dublin, 20kg baggage per person taxes, 9 nights twin share in  3 & 4* Hotels, complimentary schedule airport transfer,  some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €2435pp, depart February 23. Dublin to Europe for 5* River Cruise ‘ Romantic Danube’ from Vilshofen to Budapest, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing outside stateroom with fixed window,  unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €150pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2195pp, depart March 31, 2019. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Cancun, from €1740pp, depart December 9. Dublin to Asia for ‘Classic Vietnam’ Tour from Hanoi to Hoi Chi Minh City’, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage per person, airport transfer, 9 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary  Subject to availability and change, from €1879pp, depart May 13. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen  Apartments, from €349pp, depart November 3. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Oasis Apartments, from €399pp, depart November 3. Knock to Lapland, 1 night half board 3* Scandic Hotel, 2 adults + 1 Child from €2814; 1 Adult + 1 Child from  €1923, depart December 21. 7 nights Koh Samui and Kho Phangan, from €1229pp, depart May/June 2019. 6 nights Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express Tour, from €1295pp, departs May/June 2019. 7 nights Phuket & Elephant Hills, from €1459pp, depart May/June 2019. Dublin to Norway no-fly Cruise, 8 nights onboard Celebrity Reflection, from €1209pp, depart May 26, 2019. 12 Day Norwegian Coastal Voyage – In search of the Northern Lights onboard MS Finnmarken, from €1650pp, depart January 27. Dublin to Barcelona for Short Taster Fly Cruise and Rome Stay, 5 nights onboard Norwegian Epic and two nights post-cruise in Rome, from €853pp, depart May 12, 2019. Dublin to Barcelona for Spain and Italy Fly Cruise, 7 nights onboard Oasis of the Seas with drinks package, from €1480pp, depart May 19, 2019. Dublin to Miami for Eastern Caribbean Fly Cruise, 9 nights onboard MSC Seaside and one night pre and post-cruise in Miami, from €1439pp, depart September 13.

Topflight Christmas Ski Deals: Belfast to Zell am See, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Neue Post, from £967pps was £1098, depart December 22. Belfast to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, was £1067, depart December 22. Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, from €1199pps was €1229, depart December 22. Dublin to Livigno, Italy, 7 nights self catering 3* Livigno Ski Apts, from €582pps was €612 (Based on 4 Share) , depart December 22. Dublin to Zell am See, Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Pension Hochwimmer, from €696pps was €726, depart December 22.

Topflight Ski Deals: Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Post, from €789pps was €819, depart March 2. Dublin to Arinsal, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Patagonia, from €585pps was €615, depart March 10. Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, from €923pps was €1003, depart January 5. Cork to Zell am See, Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Pension Hochwimmer, from €677pps was €707, depart March 2.

Topflight Italian Deals – Summer 2019: Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria, from €758pps was €788, depart April 27. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €1169pps was €1199, depart April 14. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Astoria, from €869pps was €899, depart May 12. Dublin to Lake Garda, Malcesine, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, from €869pps was €899, depart May 11. /, call 01 240 1700 /  028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent.

Tour America offers: 7 night northern Europe cruise on Independence of the Seas, from €729pp. 7 night France, Spain & Portugal cruise onboard Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas from €719pp. 14 night Italian Med cruise onboard Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas from €1319pp. 14 night Italian Med cruise onboard Independence of the Seas from €1429pp. 14 night Med adventure cruise onboard Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas from €1349pp. Dublin to Orlando, 14 nights at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, from €769pp based on 2 Adults and 2 Children, depart June 2. Dublin to New York, 4 nights Roosevelt Hotel from €569pp based on 4 adults, depart January 26. Dublin to Cancun, 7 nights Riu Cancun, from €1359pp, depart May 15.

TUI offers: Save €100 per booking on Mexico holidays departing June 3-July 15 with code Mexico100. Min spend €1500. T&C’S apply. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €369pps, depart January 17. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 2* Las Piramides Resort, Playa De Las Americas, from €419pps, depart January 11. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2* San Marcial Apartments, Matagorda, from €349pps, depart January 13. Dublin to  Tenerife, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey Las Caletillas, from €499pps, depart February 1. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €479pps, depart February 7. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise Club, Costa Teguise, from€369pps, depart February 10. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights self catering 3* and 4* RIU Helios Bay, Family 2+1 from €1,379 with free child place, depart May 29. Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.

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