Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Christmas to all my readers

     I would like to wish all my readers a Very Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2012


Monday, 19 December 2011

Germanwings Irish Promotional Video ©

Germanwings is promoting ‘The Green’ tourist product of Ireland, following on its announcement on the 19th of September it was increasing capacity on the Cologne/Bonn-Dublin route by 25% for Summer 2012 with an additional weekly frequency being added to the schedule, for a total of four weekly flights (TravelDaily News 19th September 2011). The carrier is taking part in co-operative marketing with Tourism Ireland.

It will be interesting to see how the Germanwings brand develops in the Irish market in the context of the new Germanwings/Lufthansa co-operation announced on the 14th of December. Their could be the potential to add routes from Hanover and Stuttgart at some future point.

Interestingly in 2004 the airline intended to launch Stuttgart to Dublin but it not proceed as Hapag Lioyd Express where operating on the route.

Summer 2012 will see a significant increase in capacity between Germany and Ireland Aer Lingus is to increase frequency on Dublin-Stuttgart from four to five times weekly, Lufthansa is to increase capacity on the Dublin-Frankfurt route to 3 daily A321s (800 additional weekly seats), and re-launch the weekly Munich route, and two new routes from Dusseldorf to Dublin and Ireland West Knock Airport.

Tourism Ireland stated Germany is the third most important market for visitors to Ireland with 379,000 visitors in 2010 generating €162 million in revenues on an All-Island basis (Tourism Ireland 28th April 2011).



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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Irish Airlines Report November Traffic ©

Aer Lingus announced that it carried 768,000 passengers in November up 8.8%, with the airline carrying 75,000 long-haul passengers up 4.2% with a load factor of 75% up 3.1%. The airline carried 624,000 short-haul passengers up 7.4% with a load factor of 75.6% up 3% and its Aer Lingus Regional Franchise operation carried 69,000 passengers up 30.2%.These figures as usual exclude passengers carried on the United Airlines Washington Dulles-Madrid joint-venture route.

Ryanair announced that it carried 4.68 million passengers in November down 8% with a load factor of 80% and in the rolling 12 months to the end of November it carried 76.7 million passengers. The 8% reduction, is an improvement on the 10% flagged reduction in passenger numbers as a result of the carrier parking 80 Boeing 737-800s.

Ryanair is to expand in the Irish Market for summer 2012 with the airline to launch a new route from Pisa Florence to Cork operating twice weekly from April 2012 and four new routes from Bergamo, Beauvais, Frankfurt Hahn, Girona to Ireland West Knock Airport from March 2012. These new routes are being supported by Tourism Ireland new €9 million marketing fund.

Ryanair continues its expansion across Europe with a new base announced in Billund with two Boeing 737-800s five new routes (19 in total) commencing in March 2012. The airline has announced 2 new routes from Bergamo, 6 new routes from East Midlands, 3 new routes from Frankfurt Hahn, 4 new routes from Glasgow Prestwick and 5 new routes from Pisa Florence including Cork to commence in summer 2012. 

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