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Guests on the TUI group trip to the Algarve, Auleen Clancy of Cassidy Travel and Fiona Lane of Ace Travel. October 3 2017

Things to know about travel this week

  • What is next after Philly? Aer Lingus seeking TWELVE A321s
  • Gloves come off between Aer Lingus and the DAA
  • Currency issues cost CityJet €13m as it loses €30.2m 
  • Airline wants to develop Dublin further as a North Atlantic gateway
  • Irish tour operators react to events in Las Vegas
  • Shannon loses United service to Chicago
  • Shannon performing well for Norwegian – and it could introduce the Dreamliner to serve Irish routes
  • Icelandair to rival Wow! on Dublin to Iceland route
  • Travelport fills agents in on NDC

 Travel Extra TV.

What would travel be like if we treated straight people like LGBT couples? Virgin looks at the issues gay travellers face with video here. Read about the Aer Lingus launch to Philadelphia below – and check out the airline’s take on the city of brotherly love (watch here). Stunt planes and a Qatar Airways Airbus A350 provide some memorable footage over Doha. Watch here Singer Aled Jones explores the Wild Atlantic Way with the help of Tourism Ireland. Watch here  An Emirates A380 struggles to land at a gusty Dusseldorf Airport (watch here) The Florida Keys are back in action – and the local tourist board has captured the post-hurricane comback on video (watch here)

Behind the Headlines

Seven became eight and Ryanair turned away from single aircraft bases. Hidden in the small print of the various announcements of the two largest Irish airlines this week were important policy statements. Aer Lingus joined American Airlines on the Philadelphia route (as first reported by Travel Extra, picture shows Mae McGreevy, Aer Lingus Cabin Crew pictured striking her ‘Rocky’ pose, from the film synonymous with Philadelphia City) and indicated that they were increasing their A321 supply line for delivery in 2019-20 from seven to eight, to be leased from ALC. The future, as viewed from atop the slanty shamrock, is now clear: narrow body transatlantic, initially with their 757s, with up to 12 destinations lining up for the more economic A321 long range to come in 2019 rather than the A350s on the order book. At World Routes in Barcelona Willie Walsh said the Aer Lingus management team is putting forward a case, which IAG will consider in a few weeks’ time, to expand the A321LR operation to take it to up to 12 aircraft in the short to medium-term. Mike Rutter said the A321LR will allow Aer Lingus serve smaller US cities, such as Minneapolis, Charlotte and Indianapolis. Presumably they are already hearing from airports waving cash-deals on the scale Hartford did for Aer Lingus and New Orleans did for BA to relocate the Chengdu service.

Up-county in Swords, Michael O’Leary’s 1,631-word “how much do I love you” letter to his pilots also indicated a major policy change: “we will grow more multiple aircraft bases (rather than single aircraft bases) so that we have the correct crew and standby numbers at each base rather than trying to cover under-crewed bases with surplus pilots from other bases”. This means more of the voracious Ryanair growth clustered into bigger bases such as Stansted, Milan and Dublin rather than the peripheral destinations on which the airline’s trans-continental reach was first built.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation said the approach it is taking is to get Ryanair passengers dealt with as smoothly as possible, as early as possible and at minimum expense to the passenger.  In our view, this is the best way to enforce the regulation. Listen here to Eoghan Corry speaking about the pilot letter on RTE’s Morning Ireland. Listen here to Eoghan Corry on criticism of Cathy Mannion and Ryanair’s non appearance at the Oireachtas transport committee.

In a briefing at the Cliff Townhouse, (watch here), Mike Rutter of Aer Lingus told media that “under-served” Philadelphia, to start 4w from March 25 with a 177-seat Boeing 757, and then become daily, will be the highlight of the 177,000 extra seats Aer Lingus are bringing to the transatlantic market next year. There will be 575 additional transatlantic flights, daily services each to San Francisco and Los Angeles, twice daily service to Chicago. Miami will continue 3w. Washington will move to A330-300 for four out of seven of the daily rotations, providing 31pc additional seats on the route and freeing the 757 to operate on Philadelphia. The route will operate Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays outbound at 13.50, landing 16.15, departing Philadelphia at 17.30, arriving 05.30 the next day. Aer Lingus wants to grow its transatlantic passengers at Dublin from 2.5m in 2017 to 4.5m in 2020, an average growth of over 20pc, say 2-3 aircraft per year. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The collapse of Monarch saw the biggest post-war repatriation to Britain. Listen to Eoghan Corry on the collapse on RTE’s Morning Ireland here. At home, the Commission for Aviation Regulation released a statement saing: “As far as the Commission is aware, Monarch Airlines had no flights scheduled to depart from Irish airports and thus the Commission has no role to play in relation to the cancellation of Monarch flights.” But that wasn’t quite the full picture, with Cormac Meehan and Pat Dawson of the Irish Travel Agents Association warning that the bonding system here is broken, and a Monarch-style collapse here would cripple the Travellers’ Protection Fund. Picture is of Andrew Swafield CEO of Monarch. Full story here. 

Icelandair, as first indicated by Travel Extra, became Dublin Airport’s 47th airline when they announced a 6w Boeing 757-200 service to commence in May, competing with Wow’s 5w service.

TUI hosted 10 travel agents in the Algarve to visit key properties. They were hosted at the Baia Alvor. Picture shows Mary McKiernan of Best4travel, Niamh Bonass of Falcon Travel Clare Hall, Ciara Louise Murphy of Falcon Wilton, Fiona Lane of Ace Travel, Amy Michelle Naughton of Corrib Travel, Sarah Maher of Limerick Travel, Joanne Robinson of Thomson Connswater, Adam ‘Wedge’ Willis of TUI, Front row: Ciara O’Leary of Falcon Mahon, Martina Dowling of TUI, Chelsey Halvern of Thomson Newry, Fiona Lane of Ace Travel and Alexandra Stybaniewicz of TUI at the Pestana Alvor Beach Hotel . Watch here interview with Marta Carapuca. Watch here Fatima Agustini of Quinta Do Frances Winery. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

A number of Irish holidaymakers were at a Country music event that came under rapid machine gun fire at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The incident, which claimed 58 lives, was the biggest mass killing by an individual in the United States. Irish tour operators Tour America and American Holidays reacted quickly to contact their clients in the city (see full report here) and American Holidays also offered trauma counselling to any holidaymakers who wished it (see here).

Aviation Commissioner Cathy Mannion will be the keynote speaker at the Irish Travel Agents Association annual conference in Oporto on Friday, flowed by a panel discussion chaired by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry featuring Pat Dawson, Paul Hackett and Angela Walsh.  ECTAA Secretary General:  Michel De Blust and Svend Leirvaag Vice President Industry Affairs for Amadeus will open the conference.  Anne Dolan will update members on the Payment Services Directive and Package Travel Directive, followed by a PCI Presentation by Andrew McCarroll PCI Compliance Manager for AIB Merchant Services and a GDPR Presentation by Brian O’Mara of  O’Leary’s Insurances Ltd. A panel discussion will follow with Andrew McCarroll, of AIB Merchant Service, Clare Dunne of The Travel Broker and Tom Randles of Barter Travel/Travelnet.ie.

Travel agents will have to learn a new language with the biggest shake-up of airline bookings in four decades – the introduction of New Distribution Capability (NDC). Travelport, which is already ahead of the game in this regard, invited NDC mastermind ITAA to a leadership forum, attended by the trade and airline spokesmen. Travelport’s Sinead Reilly explained the advantages, saying: “For the TMC this means that, when shopping for and booking flights they can also make changes to bookings, make ancillary sales post the original flight booking, have schedule changes handled automatically, receive and have managed itineraries rather than individual flight components and so on. They also have access to tools from us which automate and drive their processes in the service of their clients.” Picture shows The Travelport team of Charlie Brown, David Taylor, Tara Hynes, Sinead Reilly, Joanne Madden and David Conlon  in Dublin. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Cathy Burke of Travel Counsellors and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines led a delegation of travel counsellors on a group visit to Sri Lanka. Picture shows Douglas Hastings, Cathy Burke, Donna Olohan of Travel Counsellors, Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Diane Bowman, Robert Kiernan and Mary Foyle.

Pat Dawson says he is delighted with the support for the Irish Travel Industry Awards on January 25. Aer Lingus are new headline sponsors, there are new award categories and 525 tickets have been sold with a waiting list.

Air Arabia Maroc has brought a media group to Morocco to celebrate the launch of its new route from Dublin to Agadir. Airline CEO Laila Mechbal spoke to Travel Extra about the importance of the 2w year-round route, which will open up the resort as a short break destination. (Watch here). See the album from Dublin Airport and the Royal Atlas Hotel here

Bernadette Goldsmith has joined the Air Canada Irish sales team as Inside Sales coordinator, from the Air Canada Sales team inL ondon, where she has worked for 17 years. The telephone number for Irish agency sales support has changed to(01) 9446170.  The email address remains the same : salessupport.ie@aircanada.ca

Alison Larkin of TUI Clare Hall, pictured here with her husband Alan, won with the MSC lip sync competition, singing along to Celine Dion’s My heart will go on from Titanic. The other finalists were Danielle O’Keefe of Shandon Travel, Tracy McLoughlin and Amy Henderson of Tour America, Rachel McAnaspie of Clickandgo, Annette Hynes and Eliza Geraghty of Corrib Travel.

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China Southern Airlines’ Head of Sales of Britain and Ireland Nick Newman hosted key agents and press at the annual Lunch at Chapter One Jameson Room to highlight the double daily flight from London Heathrow to Guangzhou and also connections from Dublin via Amsterdam and onwards. Nick suggested an additional Service from LHR to China will be announced soon. China Southern Airlines offers over 21 services weekly from Dublin via LHR and AMS to China with competitive fares and using Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777s. China Southern Airlines is the world third largest airline.

The Irish Travel Industry Trade Show has 80 exhibitors booked for the RDS on April 12.

Miami is open for business. Aer Lingus hosted six members of the travel trade to sample the new 3w B757 Miami service. The cabin crew team headed up by Donna Wright looked after the team win business class on the nine hours 15 minute flight. They stayed at the Biltmore Hotel which has reputedly the largest hotel pool in North America, tested by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry straight from the aircraft. Picture shows Mary McKenna of Tour America, Sandra Corkin of Oasis Travel, Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus, Paul Hackett of Clickandgo, David O’Grady of E-travel, Dave Hennessy of Tropical Sky and Michael Flood of ITTN.

 

Insight Vacations are launching the 2018 Insight Vacations Europe brochure and will be running a “Taste of Europe” campaign next week where Charlie McNally will be dressing up and stopping by various agencies to drop off hampers with items that follow our ‘Taste of Europe’ theme.

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Tour America hosted suppliers and media at their annual pre Red Cow event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. Mary McKenna of Tour America says that sales were up 20pc at the 17th Red Cow sale day where 28 suppliers joined her team, with cruise events especially strong. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

John Galligan of John Galligan Travel said the bonding system puts the pressure on small travel agents, not large operators or overseas OTAs, while Cassidy Travel’s John Spollen believes the system needs to change, perhaps with a nominal 50c charge added to all travel bookings.

Simon Calder won the Business Travel Journalism Award on Thursday night in a wonderful ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London with previous winner Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry shortlisted in the final two. Picture shows Samantha of CWT, Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra and Denis Harman of event sponsors CWT at the BTJA awards. All those dinosaurs and print journalists in the same room? Are they trying to tell us something?

An indication of Topflight’s efforts to differentiate their ski product has a rep on the cover of the ski brochure for the first time, instead of the generic snow photograph. The brochure features 40 French chalets and 97pc of Topflight clients said they would recommend Topflight to a friend

Flexible Autos have relaunched Free Lunch Friday and the winner this month was Bernard Hayes Travel in Cork, it would be great if you could include in your Travel Extra Sunday Supplement.

South African Tourism have spaces in Cork at their agent training roadshow. South African Tourism released a new 10-minute brand film which focusses on the people of South Africa and the country’s many varied cultures.

Strange World

Some of the Amazon’s most endangered creatures are under threat from the growing trend of tourists taking “wild animal selfies”, according to a new investigation by the charity World Animal Protection.

Fighter jets were scrambled to escort a flight to Hawaii after Anil Uskanli hallucinated that he was chasing a butterfly. walked to the front of the plane with a blanket over his head.

The winner of an English disability magazine’s holiday competition was left disappointed when he couldn’t take up his prize because the resort in Provence wasn’t wheelchair-friendly.

A woman who was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Los Angeles stated that she had a fatal pet allergy when she learned that two animals were on her flight. She wanted the animals removed but was unable to provide certification of her allergy. She was asked to remove herself from the flight, and when she refused, the airline called in law enforcement officers

One of the biggest names in US soccer – Alex Morgan – has apologised after being kicked out of DisneyWorld, Florida. She had been involved in a  row in a pub. She was, says the police report, “highly impaired”.

Many Indians are crying foul that The Taj Mahal gets no mention in a new government-issued tourism brochure for the northern Uttar Pradesh state, where it is situated. The booklet issued by India’s Hindu nationalist government fails to mention the Muslim monument, while cataloguing the state’s numerous Hindu monuments.

International

Amsterdam is blocking new souvenir shops and bicycle hire firms, as well as fast food outlets boasting ice-creams, waffles and cheese, from opening in the Dutch city. Officials say the shutdown, which follows anti-tourist protests in Barcelona, is a bid to stop “mass tourism” ruining “magnificent streets”.

A Scottish tourist is facing a three-year jail sentence in Dubai after putting his hand on a man in a bar so he did not “bump and spill drinks”, according to his representatives. Campaign group Detained in Dubai said Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested for public indecency after touching a man on his hip.

The Israel Ministry of Tourism is to invite tenders from airlines to re-establish routes from Britain to Israel following the Monarch collapse.

Tourism to Tunisia began to recover this year, with revenues from the sector up by 21pc to $851m in the first nine months, largely on the back of an influx of Russian tourists as Western tourists largely stay away.

Food & Beverage

The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare has become the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin star “for its robust and confident cooking“.

Ireland’s full list of winners reads as follows: Two stars – Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin. One Star – Deanes Eipic, Belfast; Ox, Belfast House at Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Waterford; Chapter One, Dublin; L’Ecrivain, Dublin; Greenhouse, Dublin; Heron & Grey, Blackrock, Dublin; Aniar, Galway; Loam, Galway; Campagne, Kilkenny; Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Clare; Lady Helen (at Mount Juliet Hotel), Thomastown, Kilkenny. Bib Gourmand – Bar + Grill at James Street South, Belfast; Deanes at Queens, Belfast; Home, Belfast; Fontana, Holywood, Down; Noble, Holywood, Down; Wine & Brine, Moira, Armagh; 1826, Adare, Limerick; Courthouse, Carrickmacross, Monaghan; Sha Roe Bistro, Clonegall, Carlow; Chart House, Dingle, Kerry; Morrissey’s, Doonbeg, Clare; Bastible, Dublin; Delahunt, Dublin; Etto, Dublin; Pichet, Dublin; Pig’s Ear, Dublin; Richmond, Dublin; Pigeon House, Clontarf, Dublin; Forest & Marcy, Ranelagh, Dublin; Craft, Terenure, Dublin; Aldridge Lodge, Duncannon, Wexford; Copper Hen, Fennor, Waterford; Kai, Galway; Giovannelli, Killorglin, Kerry; Bastion, Kinsale, Cork; Two Cooks, Sallins, Kildare.

Hotels

 

The five-star Ashford Castle is building a staff accommodation block with 45 rooms on its Cong, Co Mayo, estate for between €1.5m and €2m after revenues rose by 52pc last year.

Developer Johnny Ronan has been granted an oral hearing with An Bord Pleanála over his appeal against Dublin City Council’s rejection of plans to build 22-storey tower in Dublin city centre, which would include a 110-bedroom hotel.

Rachel Howes, the former MD of Booking.com, has taken an ownership  investment in the Irish-owned Great National Hotels and Resorts Group.

AccorHotels is to acquire a 50pc stake in the share capital of Orient Express. The luxury train, which is currently fully-owned by SNCF, will be used as a basis for a new collection of prestigious hotels under the Orient Express banner.

Life’s a beach for staff members of East Cork’s Garryvoe Hotel, pictured on Garryvoe Strand in  celebrating their Gold Medal Award for Ireland’s Wedding Hotel. They include the Managing Director of the Garryvoe Hotel, Stephen Belton, along with his dedicated wedding team. Photo: Cathal Noonan

The Twelve Hotel in Bearna, Co. Galway, has been named Ireland’s Hotel of the Year at the 2018 Georgina Campbell Awards.

The latest quarterly barometer from the Irish Hotels Federation found that the majority of Irish hotels and guesthouses are reporting a continued fall in business levels from Britain this summer.

John O’Grady has been appointed General Manager at the Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, near Blessington, Co Wicklow, part of the Prem Group’s portfolio of hotels.

A group of elderly Christian Brothers have failed to prevent a 72-bedroom extension of a hotel formerly owned by Ireland footballer Niall Quinn. An Bord Pleanála dismissed the appeal by the five Christian Brothers and six other parties against the Kildare Co Council decision to grant planning permission to the extension to Lawlor’s hotel in Naas.

Aviation

Until last week the European short haul market was set to grow 7.3pc this winter. Allowing for the Monarch shut down and the 5pc cut in Ryanair growth this will be down to 6pc, Air Berlin’s liquidation and 25pc cuts under Alitalia’s restructuring in administration brings it down further to 3.2pc. Listen here to Eoghan Corry on the collapse of Monarch Airlines

Despite the flight cancellations Ryanair reported its 41st month of growth with 11.8m passengers in September and load factor at record equalling 97pc.

CityJet reported a pre-tax loss of €30.2m due to aircraft acquisitions, start-up costs and “exceptional financing requirements” propelled last year. Its loss from operations totalled €1.8m. Exceptional costs included €13.1m of foreign exchange losses on aircraft financing, €8.4m of aircraft acquisitions, type conversion training and accounting policy adjustments. Pat Byrne said CityJet should be turning a profit worth writing home about by 2019. CityJet now employs 1,250 people, up from an average of 812 last year and 506 in 2015. Revenue rose to €198.2m last year from €165.1m in 2015. Turnover in the current year is expected to hit €276m. CityJet partnered with the British Irish trading alliance to offer BITA members discounts on the price of flights,

Icelandair will become Dublin Airport’s 22nd new scheduled airline since 2010. The airline offers service to and from Iceland through its hub at Keflavik International Airport serving 20 destinations in North America and more than 25 destinations in Scandinavia, Britain and Continental Europe. Full story here.

The event was ostensibly about a new route to Philadelphia but other stories were in play at Aer Lingus press conference – namely that it has a North Atlantic strategy (watch here) and wants to grow Dublin Airport even further in a feeder hub from Europe to the States. And the airline believes that the DAA needs to up its game – a shot across the bows for new DAA CEO Dalton Philips. The airline is also looking to make itself a force again in the short-haul business market, with inbound passengers from the States able to enjoy a business class cabin onwards to key European cities when the A321 aircraft come into service, starting in 2019. It’s also looking at introducing a business class product, Aer Space, with middle seats free between passengers. But sources said reports of Aer Lingus bypassing Ireland on some US-European routes are wide of the mark: for now. Another Ireland-North Atlantic route announcement is on the horizon, said Chief Operating Officer Mike Rutter and Las Vegas (watch here) is definitely a possibility, even if the economics and its geography haven’t made it as attractive as Philadelphia. Full story from the event here. 

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Europe-wise, Aer Lingus will be offering close to 1m seats to Spain next summer; 500,000 to Portugal, and 300,000 to the Canaries; and is also concentrating on provincial French and Italian cities. (Watch here.)  

Aer Lingus plans to add an additional 96,000 seats in summer 2018 on routes including Malaga, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Prague, Vienna, Split, Santiago de Compostela, Dubrovnik and Fuerteventura. Mike Rutter said Aer Lingus was looking at a base/flights outside Ireland to set up routes from USA to mainland Europe and also mentioned Cork transatlantic as a possibility. Rutter also noted that since 2014, Aer Lingus has created 600 full-time jobs with 700 more between 2019 and 2020. A total of 1,400 jobs will have been added over a five-year period. Aer Lingus said its operational performance at Dublin Airport had declined summer 17 v summers 16 due to runway congestion and inadequate infrastructure with particular issues re the South Apron, CBP facilities, baggage handling, transfer product. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Reactions to the Ryanair roster blunder. Willie Walsh told a Fine Gael fundraiser that Ryanair will be harder to compete with in future. “Their ability to change is unparalleled and their ability to fix things is unparalleled. A lot of people are taking great pleasure out of what’s going on. Personally, I’m s***ing myself because a reformed Ryanair will be even more difficult to compete against.” Aer Lingus COO Mike Rutter saidI can absolutely confirm that since the issues that Ryanair have had, that our short-haul sales have benefitted substantially. Our short-haul routes into the UK, into the European leisure destinations, and to the European cities, have seen a significant increase in sales”.

Aer Lingus passenger traffic (RPK) in September was up 7.8pc with load factor down 0.8 to 84pc. Aer Lingus has positions available as Cabin Crew, based in Dublin commencing March, April & May 2018.

John Ackerman of Dallas/Fort Worth airport said he had new opportunities to grow its network, especially to Europe with cities such as Barcelona, Dublin, Dusseldorf and Munich.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation issued a decision on imposition of a fine (not exceeding €3,000) for each instance of a movement at Dublin Airport at a time significantly different from the allocated slot, once a body of evidence is built up which demonstrates that the behaviour is Repeated and Intentional and for publication of the details.  Misuse can include change of route or change to a larger aircraft type.

St Margaret’s Concerned Residents Group brought the first of three legal challenge to plans for a new €329m north runway at Dublin Airport has opened at the High Court.  All three actions are to be heard in sequence by Justice Max Barrett.

Cork Airport reported 6pc growth in September.

EasyJet‘s summer flights Belfast to Keflavik have stopped. EasyJet is to base a sixth aircraft at Belfast International from summer 18 and an eighth at Liverpool.

Amadeus confirmed that a network issue caused disruption to some of its systems and services last week.

Avolon, headed up by Domhnal Slattery, ended 2017 Q3 with a fleet of 567 aircraft owned and managed, with total orders and commitments for 348 new aircraft. Avolon delivered a total of 10 aircraft, including 6 transitions, and sold 11 aircraft including 9 managed aircraft  and it completed a total of 22 lease transactions. No aircraft from its order book are available for lease until 2019 Q1.

United Airlines is to cease its seasonal transatlantic service from Shannon to Chicago from next year blaming poor financial performance on the route. It follows the airline’s recent decision to cease its daily Shannon Newark service from November to March in response to a seasonal reduction in market demand for the service, but it will resume next spring. Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said they were disappointed by United’s decision to end their Chicago service, despite their efforts and those of Tourism Ireland to reach an agreement with the airline.

German airline, Eurowings, has included Shannon and Belfast in a shortlist of 10 potential new rooutes and said that the destination with the most votes will be included on the airline’s schedule for 2018.

Gus Kelly headed AerCap signed lease agreements for 50 aircraft in Q3, including 17 widebody aircraft and 33 narrowbody aircraft of which 8 are Embraer E2-Jet Family aircraft. They purchased 11 aircraft, including 2 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, 1 Airbus A350 and 8 Boeing 787s, executed sale transactions for 28 aircraft, including 8 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, 6 Airbus A330s, 2 Airbus A340s, 1 Boeing 737 Classic, 8 Boeing 737NGs, 1 Boeing 767 and 1 Boeing 777-300ER from AerCap’s owned portfolio, and 1 Boeing 737 Classic from AerCap’s managed portfolio and signed financing transactions for $3.7 billion

Shannon Airport and Lagan Asphalt Group today announced the completion of a €15m resurfacing project on Ireland’s longest runway eight weeks ahead of schedule.

Dominic Tucker, Norwegian sales manager for Ireland and Britain, said that “Shannon to Stewart is outselling Dublin to Stewart proportionally“. And he revealed that Irish sales are performing very well, but said the airline needs to get Irish passengers buying more onboard, and more on top of the basic fare, as they tend to avoid paying for ancillaries like baggage and meals. Getting passengers to pay for wifi is a no-no as he reckons “we missed the boat on that one” by offering it for free from the off. He said the airline’s bosses were “up in arms” after Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said interlining talks were over and that Norwegian wasn’t all that financially sound. Tucker said 80pc of Norwegian’s bookings are on the web, so that’s healthy cash flow up front. The airline has plenty of suitors in the US, and is looking to expand. His body language suggested any service from Ireland West Airport  – seasonal or otherwise – is not in the company’s plans. He wants to see the Dreamliner introduced on some Irish transatlantic routes, and can see them being redeployed in the lower-demand winter routes on the likes of a Dublin-Cape Town route. He says while the Dreamliner is a definite possibility for Ireland, he says the airlines is bedding in for now with its 737 family.

Meanwhile, Shannon is pitted against a host of European destinations as German carrier Eurowings says it will introduce a route based on votes from the public. The Irish airport is currently in fourth place, behind Trapanni, Mostar and Castellon, and just ahead of Belfast. You can cast your votes here.

Emirates will expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents. The new partner network, through its codeshare, will offer greater frequency and easier access to more global destinations with the advantage of connecting baggage to the final destination, the airlines said.

A new state-of-the-art Fire Training Facility was officially opened by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney at Cork Airport following an investment of €1.8m.

Roland Jaggi, Director Sales at Aegean Airlines, has a way with words, and told delegates at the Travelport conference in Dublin, to “come to Athens – it’s 25 degrees at the moment and we’re good value to fly with”. And while the airline isn’t a household name here, he did enjoy telling the audience that it’s got 2m more passengers than Aer Lingus.

 

Debris from an Air France jet engine that failed on a transatlantic flight last week has been located in a remote part of Greenland. Recorded data from the Paris-Los Angeles Airbus A389 flight pinpointed the position where the damage occurred.

St Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport, famous for its proximity to beach sun-worshippers, will reopen this month after being damaged in recent hurricanes.

Dublin Airport has been named as overall winner for their Quality Management System (QMS) at the National Q Mark Awards. Their nomination put them in the top 6.75pc of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland.

Picture are Ruth Wansborough of EIQA (Centre) presenting Dublin Airport with the National Q Mark Award. Pictured (L-R) Maura Shields, Audrey Dodd, James Kiernan, Liz Kavanagh, Ruth Wansborough Deirdre Delaney, Dennis Smyth, Ciara O Connor and Tom O Rourke at the National Q Mark Awards at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin 4.

A 30-page report released by a sheriff’s office in the aftermath of a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida details how the suspect waited at a baggage carousel for several minutes last January before being paged by Delta Airlines to pick up the bag containing his gun, which officials said he used to kill five people and injure six others.

One of the North’s largest employers is facing a proposed 300pc duty on its exports of planes to the US amid an international trade dispute, the US government said on Friday. A second preliminary levy of 80pc has been loaded on the sales of aerospace manufacturer Bombardier. The Canadian-owned multinational is already facing a planned 220pc tariff on its aircraft as part of a separate investigation, the US Department of Commerce confirmed.

University researchers in England have warned that the risk of mid-air injuries will rise and passengers can expect to spend more time confined to their seats due to rougher skies disturbed by climate change. They said on transatlantic flights, instances of severe turbulence will increase by 180pc, while over Europe the rate is set to worsen by 160pc.

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Foreign exchange rate movements are expected to have a £100m adverse impact on EeasyJet’s annual profits, the budget carrier revealed in a trading update. It now expects a pre-tax profit of between £405m and £410m in the year to September.

Afloat

Irish Ferries – W. B. Yeats

Irish Ferries has chosen W. B. Yeats as the name for its new €144m ferry now being built in Germany for service on routes between Ireland, Britain and France. The name was chosen after it had drawn ‘strong support’ from the public in an online competition that attracted nearly 100,000 entries.

Amadeus has teamed up with tech company Off Airport Check-In Solutions (OACIS) for a service that could best suit cruise passengers. The system allows travellers to drop off their bags at a convenient location and have them checked in, so they can spend the day luggage free. Virgin Australia is the first airline to adopt the service and has already piloted it in Sydney for cruise ships and ocean liners.

Princess Cruises shows off its new luxury bed in Sydney

Norwegian Cruise Line has raised the price of its Ultimate Beverage Package (UBP) by almost 13pc, making it the most expensive alcohol package in the industry for a mainstream line.

Princess Cruises showed off its new stateroom bed, sailing it past Sydney Opera House. The line was marking the roll-out of the bed on two of its Australia-based ships, Golden Princess and Sea Princess. By the end of November the bed will be in all staterooms on 10 of the line’s 17 ships.

Celebrity Cruises is to launch a fleetwide modernisation of all cabins and suites, a new sun deck and a revamped lounge, as well as a new cafe on four of its ships. As part of the $400m ‘Celebrity Revolution’, which starts with Celebrity Edge, the renovations are expected to begin in 2019.

Seven cruise ships have been awarded perfect scores by the US Centres for Disease Control between July and September 2017. No ships failed inspection during this time. The ships are: Holland America’s Eurodam (inspected September 16); Carnival Inspiration (inspected August 21); Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas (inspected July 3); Radiance of the Seas (inspected August 6); Norwegian Gem (inspected July 17); Norwegian Sky (inspected August 4); Oceania’s Insignia (inspected July 6). See the full scores here.

Ireland

Irish Hollywood stars including Brendan Gleeson, Brenda Fricker and Gabriel Byrne have lent their voices to a Fáilte Ireland programme of talking statues in Dublin. See the launch album here.

GAA matches should be marketed to British tourists as part of greater efforts to attract visitors to Ireland, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce said.

Picture shows Visit Belfast’s Director of Marketing and Communications Anne McMullan and Marketing and Campaigns Manager Lorraine McGoran collecting a Gold award at the Masters of Marketing in London from host David Mitchell and the award sponsors.

Geraldine Brooks joined Epic Ireland as Head of Visitor Experience, Operations and Retail.

Ennis was declared a ‘Coach Friendly Town’ by the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland

Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin joined tourism enterprises from the island of Ireland in London for Flavours of Ireland 2017. Flavours is Tourism Ireland’s annual B2B tourism workshop, now in its 15th year, which saw some 100 representatives of the top inbound tour operators based in Britain come together to do business with the various tourism organisations from Ireland.

Two Irish villages won awards at the prestigious Entente Florale, the European Association for Flowers & Landscape awards, which took place last month in Slovenia. Glaslough, Co Monaghan’s picturesque village, was awarded a gold medal while Abbeyleix in Co Laois took silver.

The TBEX Europe conference attracted 600 largely US-based bloggers to Killarney, with Yvonne Gordon and Manchan Magan among the speakers.

RTE1 Nationwide devoted a Nationwide programme to the life and legacy of Brendan O’Regan, inventor of Duty Free and founder of Shannon heritage.

  • Former Irish athlete Niall O’Callaghan is taking up the reins as MD of Shannon Heritage. Full story here.
  • GPO Witness History has won an award at a European museum prize ceremony. Full story here
  • Ireland could become the first country in Europe to cancel the passports of convicted paedophiles in a bid to prevent them travelling overseas to offend again.

Deal Watch

Falcon offers: Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self-catering 2* Las Piramides Resort, Playa De Las Americas, from €539, depart October 20. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights half boar 5* Maspalomas Princess, Maspalomas, from €999, depart October 19, depart December 31. Dublin to Lanzarote, 14 nights self-catering 2* San Marcial, Matagorda, from €669, depart December depart December 22. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 2* Tamanaco, Puerto Rico, from €499, depart January 4. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self-catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical Hotel, Puerto de Santiago, from €399, depart January 12. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 3* Tabaiba Apts, Costa Teguise, from €399, depart January 14. Cork to Majorca, 7 nights self-catering 2* Cristina Villas & Apartments, Cal Millor, from €469, depart May 12. Shannon to Costa Dorada, 7 nights half board 3* California Garden, Salou, from €529, depart May 18. www.falconholidays.ie, Call 1850 45 35 45

ITAA offers: Vietnam and Cambodia Tour, 16 Days with flights, transfers, breakfasts, 4/5* accommodation, from €2759, depart January to October 2018 with Riviera Travel. www.itaa.ie/2017/09/26/v-c/ Explore Los Angeles during the 90th Oscar Weekend, flights, 4 nights in 4* Maison 140, tour of LA and movie star homes, studio tours with front-of-line-passes, from €1288, depart March 11 with Dawson Travel. www.itaa.ie/2017/09/25/90 Kayaking & Walking the Camino de Santiago, 4 or 5 days with hotel accommodation, breakfast and evening dinner, daily luggage transfers and equipment plus expert guide, from €645, depart April to October 2018 with Travelnet.ie. www.itaa.ie/2017/09/25/k/

Sunway offers: Dublin to Turkey, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi, from €1856 (2 adults + two children), depart Bank Holiday weekend October 28. Dublin to Turkey, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi, from €499pp, depart Bank Holiday weekend October 28. Dublin to Thailand, 7 nights B&B 4* The Old Phuket Hotel, from €859, depart June 2018. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Cancun, from €1375, depart June 2018. Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise, 7 nights onboard Norwegian Epic, from €1449, depart May 6. Luxury Spain, Canaries & Morocco Fly Cruise from Barcelona onboard Oceania Marina, with free internet, six free excursions, or free house beverage package or $600 onboard credit, from €2950, depart November 21. Dubai, Vietnam Cruise &  Hong Kong Fly Cruise & Stay onboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, 4 nights in Dubai, 4 onboard and 4-night post-cruise stay in Hong Kong, from €1550 for the 16 nights, depart April 26. Croatia & Greece Fly Cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas, 6 nights all inclusive, from €1066, depart June 9. www.sunway.ie

Thomson Sensimar Gigantes, Tenerife

Thomson offers: Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights half board 4* TUI SENSIMAR Los Gigantes, Los Gigantes, from €779, depart October 20. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Maspalomas Princess, Maspalomas, from €899, depart October 19. Dublin to Tenerife, Canarian Flavours cruise, 7 nights full board decks 4/5 Inside Cabin, from €939, depart January 26. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 3* Rocamar, Puerto Rico, from €459, depart January 4. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self-catering 4* Colon II, Playa De Las Americas, from €549, depart January 26.Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanca, from €649, depart January 14. Dublin to Lanzarote, 14 nights half board 4* Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanca, from  €1,349, depart December 31.Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights half board 4* TUI SENSIMAR Los Gigantes, Los Gigantes, 4*, HB, 7nights from €1,239, depart December 22. Cork to Costa Dorada, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, from €579, depart June 5. Shannon to Majorca, 7 nights half board 4* Globales Santa Lucia, Palma Nova, from €589, depart May 12.
www.thomsonholidays.ie, Call 1850 45 35 45

Topflight ski offers: Dublin to Italy, 7 nights self-catering 3* Livigno Ski Apartments, from €541pps (based on 4 sharing), depart December 23. Dublin to France, 7 nights self-catering 3* Lagrange Residence Cybele, from €494pps (4 sharing), depart December 23. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights self-catering 2* Frontera Blanca, from €547pps (4 sharing), depart December 24. Dublin to France, 7 nights self-catering 3* Les Chalets des Arolles, from €557pps (4 sharing), depart December 23. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights self-catering 3* Kolpinghaus Apts, from €599pps (4 sharing), depart December 23. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 3* Ferienhotel Fuchs, from €881pps, depart December 23. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Fun & Spa Hotel Strass, from €1169pps, depart December 23. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Euro Ski, from €649pps, depart January 24. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Piolets, from €749pps, depart January 7. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Crystal, from €889pps, depart January 6. www.topflight.ie /call 01 240 1700.

What we learned

Aer Lingus is considering overflying Ireland on some routes and is also looking to introduce another North American route and a dedicated European business class.

 

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