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The tale of two airports: Charleroi Vs Cork ©

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The Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary “Airports are in competition with each other across Europe. Ryanair doesn't really care whether the airport is in Charleroi, Barcelona or Manchester" (IN FOCUS: Changing role for airports 25th November). The Ryanair CEO reiterated this statement with the half year results, stating that 100 existing airports served and 30 new airports where competing for business for new bases and routes.

The Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Muller stated he would back the sale of Cork and Shannon airports, as it would be a 'Moment of Truth' in terms of their business case (Irish Indepedent 1st March 2011).

Therefore the outcome of the Booz and Company review of Irish airports which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks will lay the basis for a new airport policy, which is expected to transform Cork and Shannon airports in an increasingly competitive airport environment. The Transport Minister Leo Varadkar stated his objective is “To break u…

Ireland West Knock Airport goes from strength to strength ©

Ireland West Knock Airport is set to go from strength to strength in 2012 as Flybe extends its new launched Manchester route to all year round, Lufthansa launches a new weekly service to Düsseldorf and Ryanair is to add four new European routes.The new Ryanair routes are expected to boost traffic by 10% Irish Times (21st November).

Ryanair announced that it is to launch four new routes commencing in March 2012 from Barcelona Girona, Frankfurt Hahn, Milan Bergamo and Paris Beauvais. The four new routes are expected to generate 500,000 passengers creating 500 new jobs in the Mayo region Belfast Telegraph (21st November)
The airline with Tourism Ireland is targeting inbound tourism from France, Germany, Italy and Spain, which is expected to generate €23 million for the local economy ITIC (21st November).
The Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring stated “This is a very positive development from a tourism perspective and will provide greater ease of access to the west for business an…

Ryanair: Future growth driven by airport deals ©

Ryanair indicated in its half-year results that future growth will be driven by the best airport deals which will be opportunistic, as another wave of airline consolidation begins to take hold across the European airline sector, as the Euro debt crisis further erodes economic activity coped with high fuel costs.

The Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary revealed that the airline is currently talking to thirty new airports not currently served by the carrier Ryanair Conference Call (7th November), after indicating in September Central Europe and Scandinavia will be the focus for expansion in the next two to three years Bloomberg (4th October).

The airline indicated its average sector length will decline as Central Europe and Germany will be in focus. The Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary indicated airports in Germany where offering ‘Exceptional Deals’ in the aftermath of the Air Berlin ‘Shape & Size’ re-structuring plan, as regional airports will lose flights and routes Ryanair Conference Call (7t…

Dublin Airport: The Ancillary Revenue Potential ©

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The ACI DG Angela Gittens stated “Non-aeronautical revenues critically determine the financial viability of an airport as they tend to generate higher profit margins than aeronautical activities” (Insight airport world June 2011).

This blog article will examine the potential of Dublin Airport to grow new ancillary revenue streams. should be realized in the current environment, as core traffic continues to fall, now is the time to develop new revenue streams utilizing existing infrastructure, taping into Meeter and Greeters, local residents and visitor’s market segments.

Therefore there are potential opportunities to develop new ancillary revenue streams adding value to the existing customer offering, firstly the airport should considering developing aircraft viewing facilities in Terminal One, following the successful model developed by Frankfurt Main, its viewing terrace is one of the top visitor attractions in the country. Schiphol and Zurich airports have very successful viewing …

Irish Airlines Report October Traffic ©

Aer Lingus reported a 1.6% increase in traffic with the airline carrying 907,000 passengers with a load factor of 78.5%, with 831,000 short-haul passengers with a load factor of 81% up 2% and 76,000 long-haul passengers down 1.3% with a load factor of 73.1% up 2%.
The Aer Lingus Regional franchise operation carried 69,000 passengers up 30.2% and year to date up 101% to 656,000 passengers.
Ryanair announced that it carried 7.27 million passengers in October up 4% it’s load factor at 84% down 1% and year to date it has carried 77.1 million passengers. The Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary stated when announcing Q3 results that November traffic would fall by 10%, as result of the carrier parking 80 Boeing 737-800s for the winter RTE (7th November 2011).
Aer Lingus stated in its Q3 IMS Statement (3rd November) ‘Continuing Weakness on certain leisure routes from Ireland’, and this morning on the Newstalk Breakfast Business Show the Ryanair CFO Howard Miller stated demand from Ireland was weak. 
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Irish Aviation Policy: Setting A New Course ©

The new Irish Government which was elected on the 25th of February made tourism a key element of its Programme for Government, recognizing the aviation can play a key contribution to recovery, with new policies which will set a new course for the aviation sector reversing the loss of competitiveness.
The new Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has achieved a number of objectives as set out in the Programme for Government with the launch of a new Tourism Marketing Fund which was announced on the 14th of October collaborating with Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, US Airways using revenues from the air travel tax Merrion Street (October 2011), and a new short-stay Visa Wavier programme to tap growth from emerging BRIC economies Irish Times (July 2011).
In tandem with the initiatives announced above the government job initiative introduced a new low VAT rate of 9% for the tourism sector KPMG (May 2011), and the Dublin Airport Authority announced a new route incentive …

The end of an era on the Dublin-Cork route ©

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The end of an era in domestic in air travel took place last Saturday the 30th of October when Ryanair operated its last Cork-Dublin flight, bring to an end a route with a long history having commenced by Aer Lingus in the 1960s. This route has seen a wide of airlines and aircraft types operate the route, through the years which enabled efficient travel times to Dublin, in the absence of adequate of ground based transport which did become available until the Celtic Tiger era.





On Saturday RYR9842 EI-EFK Boeing 737-8AS crewed by Captain Pat Moran and First Officer Kevin Quinlivan, and four cabin crew members lead by CCM Susan welcomed the 30 passengers on-board.


The aircraft pushed back off stand at 1739 becoming airborne off runway 17 at 1745 routing over Cork City towards Clonmel and Killiney at FL190 (19,000ft), then descending over Dublin Bay east of Howth Head for landing on runway 28 at Dublin touching down at 1815 and on-blocks at 1821 on stand 107R on Pier D.



Aer Arann launched…

Manchester Airport Growing Irish Connections ©

This week has seen the Manchester Airport Irish connections grow considerably despite the UK APD tax and weak economic conditions in both countries, with Easyjet launching a new route to Belfast operating double daily and Flybe launch a new route to Ireland West Knock operating four times weekly, Ryanair opens its 45th European Base today with two Boeing 737-800s operating 26 routes with the base fleet to increase to four units for Summer 2012 with further expansion planned.

Interestingly it was citied by Routesonline (27th January 2011),it was citied the Dublin Manchester market is almost 600,000 passengers according IATA BSP data. Ryanair's base expansion will see it increase frequency on the Dublin route to 21 times per week (Four to six daily) using a mix of Dublin and Manchester based aircraft InsideIreland (26th January 2011).

The Irish airline connection with Manchester goes back 62 years to when Aer Lingus first launched a route from Dublin which has evolved over the years w…