Monday, 31 December 2012

Bombardier Aerospace wins order for five Global Business Jets ©

Image: Bombardier Aerospace 

Bombardier Aerospace announced it has received orders for a total of five Global 6000 business jets from an undisclosed customer, the transaction is valued at approximately $293 million based on 2012 list price for the aircraft.

The announcement is a further boost to Bombardier Aerospace Belfast whom manufactures the forward fuselage, engine nacelles, horizontal stabilizer, tail-cone, wing to fuselage fairings, wing slats and other composite components on the Global 6000 programme.

President Bombardier Business Aircraft Steve Ridolfi said "There is strong momentum for our entire Global aircraft product line, this order reinforces, once again, the leadership of our products in terms of range, cabin volume and comfort, as well as state-of-the-art technology

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Aer Lingus launches Facebook page ©


                                                   
Aer Lingus is growing its social media presence with the launch of Aer Lingus Facebook page expanding its existing presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, enabling the airline to engage and interact with their customers in real time adding to the travel experience further developing its product differential in the marketing mix 'Great Care, Great Fare'.

There are 2,314,660 Facebook users in Ireland with 50.07% market penetration compared to the country's population and 74.13% of total internet users.
                     
                                               
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Bombardier Aerospace wins order for 6 Learjet 75 aircraft ©

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Bombardier Aerospace announced it has received orders for a total of six Learjet 75 business jets from an undisclosed customer, the contract is valued at approximately $81 million US based on the 2012 list price for typically equipped aircraft.

President Bombardier Business Aircraft Steve Ridolfi said "The Learjet 75 aircraft is a blend of innovative technology, modern cabin design and legendary Learjet aircraft performance, we look forward to delivering the first aircraft next year, as Learjet celebrates its 50th anniversary".

The latest order is a welcome development for Bombardier Aerospace Belfast builds Learjet 75 complete fuselage. Bombardier Aerospace has received a top ‘green’ accolade from Business in the Community’s ARENA Network by achieving Quintile One status at this year’s 14th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results Launch.

The Survey, carried out by ARENA Network and supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, annually assesses top businesses in Northern Ireland for environmental management, performance and assurance.

                                     
   

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Irish Commercial Aviation Traffic continues rebound ©

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 The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) announced it handled 1.3 million passengers  in November, a 5% increase on the same month last year.Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 4% with more than 600,000 people travelling to European destinations during the month. UK traffic recorded a 1% increase with over 560,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain in November.

Transatlantic volumes increased by 11% with almost 117,000 passengers travelling to and from North America during the month.Other international passenger traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East, increased by 91% with almost 39,000 passengers travelling this route sector in November.

Passenger numbers on domestic flights declined by 3% with just over 4,000 travelling on domestic routes during the month. Just over 17.8 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport from January to November this year, an increase of 2% over 2011.

In an analysis conducted by Eurocontrol of Ireland’s Top Ten Airport pairs, traffic on the Dublin – London Heathrow route has increased by 12.7% when compared to last year. The average daily number of aircraft movements between the two airports was 36.6.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Traffic figures for November 2012 indicate that total flights in Irish airspace have increased by 0.80%, when compared to November 2011. There was an average of 1,249 daily flights during November 2012, with the busiest day being 4th November with 1,453 flights in Irish airspace.

The commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports increased significantly by +4.2% in November 2012, when compared to November 2011.

This growth in international arrivals and departures was largely driven by traffic increases in Dublin and Cork. This is the fourth month in a row of continued growth in this sector of traffic, which is primarily being driven by a significant rise in international arrivals and departures at Dublin airport.

Individually, the November 2012 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport:  +5.5% with an average of 51 daily movements.
Dublin Airport: +5.2% with an average of 385 daily movements.
Shannon Airport: -4.9% with an average of 43 daily movements.

On a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports for January to November 2012 was up by 0.2% compared to the same period in 2011.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Ryanair increases Frankfurt Hahn-Kerry frequency ©


                                                     
Ryanair is to increase frequency on its Frankfurt Hahn to Kerry route from twice weekly to four times weekly using Boeing 737-800s for Summer 2013 commencing 20th March operating on Mondays, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays increasing weekly capacity by 756 seats.

                                       

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Dublin Airport Wins Moodle Social Media award ©


                                                     
Dublin Airport has won a major international award for its innovative use of social media. Dublin Airport’s Twitter account @DublinAirport has been named Best Airport Twitter Feed in the Moodies, which are the world’s first airport-specific digital, mobile and social media awards.

The Dublin Airport Twitter account provides regular updates to almost 27,000 followers in Ireland and overseas, and is one of the five largest airport Twitter accounts in Europe,  was placed ahead of Manchester Airport, the runner up in the best Twitter Feed category, and the five other airports nominated for the award; London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, New Delhi, Newcastle, and Bristol.

Dublin Airport has been active on Twitter for more than two years, but has significantly expanded its activity on the micro-blogging platform over the past 12 months. It uses Twitter to disseminate news, information and photographs instantly to its followers and also links its Twitter account with its other social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest and SoundCloud.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Public Affairs Director Paul O’Kane said "We’re delighted to have won this award for the @DublinAirport account. I’d like to thank our 27,000 followers on Twitter, as without them we’d be talking to ourselves".

Dublin Airport expects to handle 620,000 passengers during the Christmas period up 2% on last year, the busiest day for incoming flights before Christmas is expected to be Sunday, December 23 while Sunday, December 30 is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas, particularly with passengers heading to ski destinations.

                                                 

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Ryanair moves four Girona routes to Barcelona El Prat ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced its moving four routes to Bologna, Fez, Nador and Turin from Girona Base to its Barcelona Base from 1st April 2013 while 61 routes will continue to operate from Girona.

Ryanair Spain head of marketing Luis Fernández-Mellado said "From April 1, 2013, four routes Ryanair in Girona will be transferred to the airport in Barcelona. Ryanair routes to / from Bologna, Fez, Nador and Turin will be operated in El Prat this summer. Girona remains an important Ryanair base with 61 routes, including 10 new connections, and not be affected by this change".

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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Ryanair announces new Girona-Groningen route ©


                                                     
Ryanair today announced a new route Girona to Groningen Airport Eelde operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from 31st March 2013, Girona is the third destination to be served by Ryanair from Groningen in addition to Milan Bergamo operated year round and Palma for the Summer season both operate twice weekly.

Ryanair's Sales & Marketing Manager Netherlands Henrike Schmidt said "They are two very busy weeks for Ryanair been in the Netherlands, with the base opening at Maastricht-Aachen Airport on Wednesday 12 December, and the publication of our second base in Eindhoven from next summer. I am therefore very pleased to announce the new destination for our third Dutch airport Groningen Airport Eelde.

From the summer of 2013, our passengers to choose between three exciting destinations, Barcelona-Girona, Milan-Bergamo and Palma de Mallorca. For our Dutch passengers means more choice and enjoy  Ryanair's no fuel surcharge guarantee".

                                     

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Norwegian Announces new Dublin-Helsinki route ©


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Norwegian announced expansion of its Helsinki Base for Summer 2013 launching six new routes to Athens, Budapest, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Prague and Venice. The Dublin route commences on 14th April 2013 operating twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays using Boeing 737-800s till 26th October 2013.

Norwegian opened a base at Helsinki Vantaa airport in April 2011 with three Boeing 737s operating two domestic routes and thirteen international routes Helsinki is Norwegian's third route from Dublin Airport it already serves Copenhagen and Olso.

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Bombardier Aerospace signs LOI for 30 CS Airlines with Air Carrier in the Americas ©

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Bombardier Aerospace announced that an airline, which is based in the Americas, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire 12 CS100 airliners with options on an additional 18, at this time the airline has requested to remain undisclosed, based on the list price of the CS100 a firm order would be valued at $870 million increasing to $2.08 billion if all options are exercised.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Mike Arcamone said "We are thrilled with the worldwide momentum of interest being shown for the CSeries aircraft program and we are pleased that customers in both our traditional aviation markets and growth markets are exploring opportunities and centering business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners. This customer selected the CS100 jetliners based on the flexibility and superior operational efficiencies offered only by the CSeries aircraft family".

The wings for the first CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1) are being mated to the fuselage at the company's final assembly facility in Mirabel, Québec, after arriving from Bombardier Aerospace Belfast in December. Assembly of FTV1 is progressing smoothly in preparation for first flight by the end of June 2013.

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Air Baltic firms order for 20 Bombardier Aerospace CS Series airliners ©

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Bombardier Aerospace announced today Air Baltic has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire 10 all-new Bombardier CS300 airliners. The Riga, Latvia-based airline also has purchase rights on a further 10 CS300 aircraft. The purchase agreement represents the conversion to firm orders of a Letter of Intent (LOI), announced at the Farnborough Air Show on July 10, 2012. The LOI also included the purchase rights on the 10 additional CS300 aircraft.

Based on the list price of the CS300 airliner, the firm-order contract is valued at approximately $764 million US and could increase to $1.57 billion US should the 10 purchase rights be converted to firm orders.

Air Baltic CEO Martin Gauss said "A modern and efficient fleet is one of the fundamentals of the airline business, and this order is a progressive and exciting move forward for us. Following an in-depth analysis of existing and re-engined aircraft, as well as the new technologies offered by Bombardier's all-new CSeries aircraft, the results were clear and we selected the CSeries airliner".

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Mike Arcamone said "Recognized as one of the world's most innovative airlines, airBaltic demonstrates the growing demand and need for unmatched technologies, operational flexibility and efficiencies,we are delighted that airBaltic is complementing its fleet of eight Q400 NextGen turboprops with the CSeries aircraft to implement its new initiatives and integrate new levels of passenger comfort and greener flying."

As of September 30, 2012, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 352 CSeries aircraft that include firm orders for 138 CSeries airliners from 14 customers that have joined the CSeries aircraft program - ten with firm orders - include major network carriers, national and premier carriers, low-cost airlines, leasing companies and a full service provider to airline partners.

                                                     

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Ryanair adds Kalamata and Zakynthos to route network ©


                                                        
Ryanair announced its adding two new Greek airports Kalamata and Zakynthos to the route network from April 2013 launching two new routes from Brussels South Charleroi and Rome Ciampino to Kalamata and Milan Bergamo to Zakynthos.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said "Ryanair is pleased to announce routes at two new Greek airports, Kalamata and Zakynthos, Ryanair’s 9th and 10th Greek airports, which will deliver a combined total of 45,000 passengers p.a. and will sustain up to 45 “on-site” jobs at Kalamata and Zakynthos airports".

Ryanair also announced anew London Stansted to Kefalonia route operating twice weekly from 1st April 2013, Ryanair operates no Greek routes from its Irish bases but offers six destinations from London Stansted.

Kalamata is the second-largest city of the Peloponnese in southern Greece. The capital and chief port of the Messenia regional unit, it lies along the Nedon River at the head of the Messenian Gulf.

The island of Cephalonia or Kefalonia also known as Kefallonia, is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece.

Zakynthos or Zante is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality.

                                       

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Ryanair Announces Chania (Greece) as 55th European Base ©


                                                     
Ryanair today announced Chania/Crete (Greece) as its 55th European Base and first Greek base at Chania International Airport from April 2013 with one based Boeing 737-800 launching 11 new routes to Billund, Bremen, Bristol, Eindhoven, Katowice, Marseille, Memmingen, Thessaloniki, Venice, Vilnius and Warsaw
Modlin operating in total 26 routes delivering 500,000 passengers per annum on 106 weekly flights up 89%.

Ryanair’s Kate Sherry said “Ryanair is delighted to announce Chania as our 55th base (and our first in Greece) and to unveil 11 new routes (26 in total) to/ Billund, Bremen, Bristol, Eindhoven, Katowice, Marseille, Memmingen, Thessaloniki, Venice, Vilnius and Warsaw beginning in April, as part of our summer 2013 schedule".

Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is an international airport located near Souda Bay on the Akrotiri Peninsula of the Greek island of Crete, serving the city of Chania, 14 km away. Moreover, it is a gateway to western Crete for an increasing amount of tourists. The airport is named after Ioannis Daskalogiannis, a Cretan rebel against Ottoman rule in the 18th century,

                                                                                 

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Ryanair completes 737 order book ©

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Ryanair yesterday afternoon took delivery of its final Boeing 737-800 on order (EI-EVY) ,the 350th Boeing 737 delivered to Ryanair and 305th aircraft in service net of disposals and is the last Boeing of the current order with the US Manufacturer which began thirteen years ago after receiving its first Boeing 737-800 in March 1999. The airline concluded a sale and lease back agreement with Avolon Aerospace for the last four  aircraft delivered.

Ryanair’s fleet is the youngest in Europe, with an average age of less than four years, the airline confirmed its intention to place a significant order for further aircraft once a sensible pricing agreement with a suitable manufacturer can be reached.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said "The arrival of two new aircraft brings to 305 the number of Boeing aircraft in the Ryanair fleet. We remain ready to place a significant order for more aircraft if and when we can reach a sensible pricing agreement with one of the manufacturers".

Ryanair Deliveries:

EI-EVW Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40318 Delivered 14/12/12.
EI-EVX Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40317 Delivered 13/12/12.
EI-EVY Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40319 Delivered 18/12/12.
EI-EVZ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40316 Delivered 07/12/12.
EI-EXD Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40320 Delivered 07/12/12.
EI-EXE Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40321 Delivered 04/12/12.
EI-EXF Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40322 Delivered 04/12/12.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Aer Lingus Christmas Video 2012!

                                                   
Aer Lingus today released the annual Christmas Greetings to its customers with staff from across the airline who deliver to customers 'Great Care, Great Fare' every day from Cargo, Catering, Finance, Integrated Operations IOC, In-flight Services, Maintenance & Engineering, North America, Passenger Services and Ramp Services enjoy!


                                       

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Ryanair announces Zadar as 54th European Base ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced Zadar (Croatia) as its 54th European Base and first Croatian base commencing on 31st March 2013 with a Single Boeing 737-800 launching seven new routes to Dublin, East Midlands, Gothenburg, Haugesund, Liverpool, Paris and Wroclaw (16 in total) operating 68 weekly flights up 60% delivering 300,000 passengers up 60%.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is delighted to announce Zadar as our 54th base (and our first in Croatia) and to unveil 7 new routes (16 in total) to/from Dublin, East Midlands, Gothenburg, Haugesund, Liverpool, Paris and Wroclaw, beginning in April, as part of our summer 2013 schedule".

Zadar is a city in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. It is the centre of Zadar County and the wider northern Dalmatian region. Zadar is a historical center of Dalmatia as well as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar.

Ryanair has served the Dublin to Zadar roue on a seasonal basis since March 2008 and the route resumes on 2nd April 2013.

                                     

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Air Canada launches new leisure carrier Rouge ©

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Air Canada today unveiled its new leisure airline Rouge, marking a milestone in the transformation of Canada's flag carrier to compete in the growing leisure travel sector commencing operations in July 2013 serving destinations in the Caribbean and Europe in association with Air Canada Vacations, using an initial fleet of two Airbus A319s and two Boeing 767-300ER's.

Air Canada rouge flights to all destinations to be served in the carrier's inaugural 2013 summer schedule will depart Air Canada's main hub at Toronto's Pearson International Airport offering customers seamless connections with Air Canada, Air Canada Express and its Star Alliance partner flights.

Air Canada rouge will introduce new routes not currently operated by Air Canada to Venice, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland.  In addition, Air Canada seasonal services from Toronto and Montreal to Athens, Greece will be flown by the leisure carrier.  Similarly, existing Air Canada flights operated in cooperation with Air Canada Vacations to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica will be operated by Air Canada rouge effective July 2013.

Air Canada Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Ben Smith said "With the introduction today of Air Canada rouge, Air Canada enters today's growing leisure travel market on a truly competitive basis. In partnership with Air Canada Vacations, part of our new leisure group, Air Canada rouge will leverage the strengths of Air Canada's extensive network, operational expertise and frequent flyer reward program in order to offer Canadians great value for their vacation travel."

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Ryanair launches new Dublin-Lublin route ©

                                                     

Ryanair this morning commenced its new Dublin Airport to Lublin route operating twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturdays, becoming the second Polish route to be added from Dublin this year following the launch of Warsaw Modlin last July,  to cope with Christmas demand a extra Wednesday rotation has been added on 19th December and 2nd January.

Lublin is Ryanair's 11th destination in Poland served from Dublin. It currently operates services to Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Krakow, Katowice, Lodz, Poznan, Szczecin, Rzeszow, Warsaw Modlin and Wroclaw.

The flight is operated by a Dublin based aircraft.

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RYR9506 Departs Lublin 1145 arrives Dublin Airport 1405.

Lublin is the ninth largest city in Poland, and the second largest city of Lesser Poland. It is the capital of Lublin Voivodeship with a population of 349,103. Lublin is the largest Polish city east of the Vistula River.

                                   

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Ryanair announces new Ireland West Knock-Malaga route ©

Image: Ireland West Airport Knock

Ryanair today announced a new route from Ireland West Knock Airport to Malaga in the Costa Del Sol operating weekly on Thursdays commencing 4th April 2013. Malaga is Ryanair’s sixth sun destination from Ireland West Knock along with their popular services to Alicante, Faro-Algarve, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

Ireland West Airport Knock Managing Director Joe Gilmore said "It is a great boost for Ireland West Airport Knock to be expanding our network of destinations with Ryanair. The addition of a new service to Malaga is most welcome given the numbers who travel in their thousands every year to the Costa Del Sol. We are confident that the Malaga programme will be well received by the public and we look forward to working with Ryanair in promoting the new service ".

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Manager Maria Macken said "Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route from Ireland West Airport Knock to Malaga for summer 2013.  This new weekly service will operate on Thursdays from 4th April 2013 and complements the fantastic summer destinations already on sale to top holiday spots including Alicante, Faro, Barcelona, Gran Canaria & Lanzarote, to name just a few! ".

Ryanair is to resume its twice weekly (Tues, Sat) Ireland West Knock Airport to Barcelona Girona route from 2nd April 2013 and Milan Bergamo (Wed, Sun) from 31st March 2013.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Germanwings re-introduces Dublin-Cologne/Bonn route ©

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 Germanwings based in Cologne the low-cost subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group is to re-introduce the Dublin to Cologne route for Summer 2013 re-commencing on 31st March to 27th October operating four times weekly using Airbus A319 equipment.

Germanwings operates a fleet of 32 Airbus A319 aircraft with a further six on order, a further 30 Airbus A320s are to be transferred from the parent company Lufthansa as the carrier is to take-over point to point flights operating from cities other than Frankfurt and Munich.

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Aer Lingus adds fourth Santiago frequency ©


                                                     
Aer Lingus is to strengthen the seasonal Dublin to Santiago route from 31st March 2013 operating three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, increasing to four times weekly from from 7th July to 20th October with a Sunday service until 20th October given strong demand on the route.

The route is very popular with Christian pilgrims and many other travelers set out each year to make their way to Santiago de Compostela for the Camino Way know as The Way of St. James or St. James' Way is the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried.

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Ryanair announces Krakow as 53rd European Base ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced Krakow as its 53rd European Base and 2nd Polish base from April 2013 with two-base aircraft launching four new routes to Dortmund, Gothenburg, Manchester and Kos and will increase frequencies on routes to East Midlands,Oslo-Rygge and Rome Ciampino to operate a total of 31 routes.

The airline will operate 224 weekly flights up 16% and carry 1.6 million passengers from the base up 16%.
Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said “Ryanair is delighted to announce Krakow as our 53rd base (and our second in Poland ) and to unveil 4 new routes (31 in total) to/from Dortmund, Gothenburg, Manchester and Kos, beginning in April, as part of our summer 2013 schedule".

The airline launched Dublin Airport to Krakow route back in April 2006 ,which currently operates five times weekly using a Dublin-Based aircraft and from Sunday 31st March 2013 the route will operate daily with a Krakow-Based aircraft and Cork Airport to Krakow three times weekly.

                                   

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Ryanair announces Wroclaw expansion ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced its adding a second Boeing 737-800 at Wroclaw for Summer 2013 launching a new route to Zadar on Tuesday and Saturdays ,and is to increase frequencies on routes to East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, London Stansted operating a total of 23 routes with a 130 weekly flights up 8% and plans to carry 850,000 passengers from the base up 10%.

Ryanair operates Cork Airport to Wroclaw three times weekly and Dublin Airport to Wroclaw five times weekly using a Dublin based aircraft and from April 2013 the route will be operated by a Wroclaw based aircraft and Shannon Airport to Wroclaw twice weekly.

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Aer Lingus to roll out high-speed Wi-Fi in 2013 ©


                                                     
Aer Lingus announced it is to provide customers with high-speed Wi-Fi on it's short-Haul Airbus A320 Family aircraft  from mid next year aftering signing a letter of intent with LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of jetBlue Airways to offer customers the fastest and most advanced airborne Internet access.

The letter of intent with LiveTV provides the framework for a definitive agreement to be negotiated with LiveTV and Aer Lingus becomes the European launch customer for the Ka-band product.  The first aircraft to be fitted with the Internet capability is expected to launch mid-2013 and will provide services via the KA-SAT satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications that offers high-speed Internet access throughout Europe.

Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Kavanagh said  “We have been investigating ways to bring in-cabin connectivity to our customers for quite some time. We believe we have secured the best product in terms of speed, capacity and value for money. This initiative is in direct response to customer feedback, from business and leisure customers alike. Having direct access to in-cabin wi-fi is top of our customers’ wish-lists. We look forward to enhancing our customers’ experience and working for many years to come with LiveTV and Eutelsat.”

LiveTV President Glenn Latta said "The decision by Ireland’s national carrier to select LiveTV’s Ka-band system validates that airlines are ready to skip first-generation technologies and go straight to Ka-band, the most advanced services for true At Home in the Air broadband".

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Ryanair announces new Cagliari routes ©


                                                     
Ryanair this morning announced two new routes from its Cagliari Airport Base to Kaunas and Oslo Rygge both operating twice weekly from 1st April 2013 , the airline expects to carry 60,000 passengers on the routes in the first year of operation in addition to Edinburgh and  Nuremberg previously announced.

On routes to Dusseldorf Weeze, Frankfurt Hahn and Paris Beauvais it will add an additional weekly frequency on will terminate the Cagliari to Seville route.

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Ryanair adds Ängelholm to route network ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced a new route between Alicante and  Ängelholm in Southern Sweden operating twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays from 3rd April 2013 which aims to attract 30,000 passengers per annum. Ängelholm becomes the tenth Swedish airport to be added to its route network.

Ängelholm is a locality and the seat of Ängelholm Municipality in Skåne County, Sweden with a population of 23,240. It is known for its clay cuckoos — a special kind of ocarina. This is however a dying tradition as there is now only one producer of clay cuckoos, Sofia Nilsson.

                                       


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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Ryanair launches new Dublin-Maastricht route ©


                                                   

Ryanair this morning launches it's new Dublin to Maastricht route operating three times weekly on Wednesdays, Friday Sundays, Maastricht is Ryanair's second Dutch destination to be operated from Dublin it currently operates to Eindhoven.

On the 3rd July Ryanair announced Maastricht as its 51st European Base with a single Boeing 737-800 launching three new routes to Dublin, London Stansted and Venice Treviso. The Dublin flight is operated by a Maastricht base aircraft.

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Maastricht Aachen Airport is located 5 miles northeast of the city of Maastricht in Beek, both municipalities in the Limburg province in the Netherlands and the airport is also 15 miles northwest of the city of Aachen, Germany.

                                         

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Ryanair adds Kalmar to route network ©


                                                     
Ryanair today added the ninth Swedish airport to its route network launching a new route from Girona to Kalmar Airport from 1st April 2013 operating twice weekly on Monday and Fridays for a period of 30 weeks , and expects to carry 30,000 passengers on the route per annum.

Kalmar Airport CEO Ronny Lindberg said "This opens up an opportunity for us who live in the region an attractive traveling internationally as one of the most interesting areas in Spain, above all, it is an opportunity to hit Spanish visitors".

Kalmar Airport (IATA Code KLR/ ICAO ESMQ) is an airport in southeastern Sweden is located only some 5 kilometers west of downtown Kalmar. The airfield was originally the home of the Swedish Air Force wing F 12 Kalmar.

                                         

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Ryanair expands Dusseldorf Weeze Base ©


                                                       
Ryanair announced significant expansion of its Dusseldorf Weeze Base from 31st March 2013, increasing its base fleet from 8 to 9 Boeing 737-800s launching eight new routes to Bergerac, Corfu, Oujda, Oslo, Paphos, Rijeka, Tangier and Vilnius and increasing frequency on 11 unidentified routes operating a total of 56 routes.

The airline will operate 400 weekly flights up 11% generating an additional 200,000 passengers and in total plans to carry 2.4 million passengers next year up 9% at Weeze.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair looks forward to today's summer flight schedule 2013 in Dusseldorf / Weeze the 2.4 million Ryanair passengers will make a contribution to approximately 2,400 local jobs. Ryanair will invest $70 million in a new aircraft stationed there".

The airline will operate to Bergerac twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturdays from 2nd April and Oujda from 31st March on Sunday and Wednesdays, and Oslo Rygge from 2nd April three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, and from 1st April to Rijeka twice weekly on Monday and Fridays and from 1st April to Tangier twice weekly on Monday and Fridays.

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Ryanair Announces Eindhoven as 52nd European Base ©


                                                   
Ryanair announced Eindhoven Airport as its 52nd European Base from April 2013 with a single Boeing 737-800 launching four new routes to Agadir, Bordeaux, Chania and Fez and is to increase frequencies on routes to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Marrakech and Pisa, also Warsaw Modlin becomes a year round route. The airline plans to carry 1.7 milion passengers from  the base on 31 routes operating 238 weekly flights .

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “Ryanair is delighted to announce Eindhoven as our 52nd base and unveil 4 new routes (31 in total) to/from Agadir, Bordeaux, Chania and Fez beginning in April, and the extension of our Warsaw Modlin route, which started in October, as part of our summer schedule
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In its route selection, Ryanair has delivered further important ‘Brainport’ business destinations for the province of North Brabant and the stakeholders of Eindhoven Airport “.

Ryanair launched the Dublin-Eindhoven on 19th April 2005 which operates five times weekly expect on Tuesday and Thursdays.

                                     
                                                   
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Ryanair adds Jönköping to route network ©


                                                   
Ryanair announced the launch of a new route from Girona to Jönköping in Southern Sweden operating twice weekly from 1st April 2013 carrying 30,000 passengers on the route in the first year of operation, creating 30 jobs in Jönköping.

Ryanair Nordic Sales and Marketing Director said Jönköping is the eighth Swedish airport to be served by the carrier. Jönköping Airport CEO Sten Norinder said the goal had been to establish a route to Barcelona or London.

                                       

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Ryanair adds 3 new routes at Frankfurt Hahn ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced its adding three new routes from Frankfurt Hann to Corfu, Rijeka and Tangiers ,and is to increase frequency on routes to Fez, Girona, Kerry, Pescara, Marrakech and Trapani (40 weekly flights) from 2nd April 2013. The airline aims to carry 2.5 million passengers from the base operating a total of 54 routes from the base operating over 400 weekly flights.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to provide the summer schedule 2013 for the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport with 54 routes, including three new routes to / from Corfu, Rijeka and Tangiers from April 2013. Ryanair will thus provide the Hunsrück Airport 2.5 million passengers and secure regional jobs".

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Easyjet Adds Extra Belfast Birmingham flight ©

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Easyjet announced in response to strong customer demand its adding an extra flight between Belfast International and Birmingham on Sundays, the additional frequency will add an estimated 13,000 passengers per annum on the route for a total of 150,000 passengers. Easyjet carried over 14,000 passengers on the route in the first month of operation.

The additional flight will depart Belfast International at 1325 and Birmingham at 1450 from the 31st of March 2013.

Easyjet Head of Northern Ireland Ali Gayward said “We only launched our Birmingham route in October and due to an overwhelming demand for affordable fares, we are delighted to announce the doubling of our Sunday flights. This additional frequency will see an increase from 12 to 13 flights per week.

Our aim has always been to make travel easy and affordable and we’re delighted to be able to show further commitment to Northern Ireland by responding to demand and adding the extra service.

Sunday is a strong travelling day for both business commuters and people on weekend breaks, therefore doubling our Sunday offering will give our passengers further choice in flight times at affordable prices”.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Turkish Airlines operates Boeing 737-900ER on Dublin route ©

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THY Turkish Airlines recently operated the Boeing 737-900ER aircraft on the Istanbul to Dublin route for the first time on three flights on 8th November (TC-JYC), 22nd November (TC-JYB) and 4th December (TC-JYI), the airline has a fleet of nine Boeing 737-900ER’s plus one on order which are primarily used on African routes.

The 200th aircraft delivered on 8th November TC-JYI Boeing 737-9FH2/W c/n 40985 had special 200th aircraft decals applied after arrival in Istanbul.

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After delivery of Boeing 737-900ER’s in Seattle the aircraft where flown to Georgetown Delware for installation by PATS Aircraft System of Auxiliary Fuel Tanks(AFS) in a two-tank configuration adding an additional 962 gallons of fuel extending the range of the aircraft by 450 nautical miles. The AFS feeds the aircraft’s integral fuel tanks and operates independently, allowing the system to be active or inactive based upon mission requirements.

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Virgin Atlantic announces Aer Lingus as short-haul partner ©


                                                   
In a statement to the Irish Stock Exchange Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that they have reached preliminary agreement under which it is planned that Aer Lingus will 'wet lease' aircraft to operate certain short haul routes for Virgin Atlantic.

Aer Lingus plans to lease to Virgin four Airbus A320-200 aircraft together with all crew, all maintenance, hull and third party legal liability insurance (ACMI). This preliminary agreement remains subject to contract and the agreement is for an initial 3 year period, is expected to create 155 jobs.

The four Aer Lingus aircraft are planned to commence operations on 31 March 2013 and it is intended that the aircraft will be deployed, in Virgin livery, on short haul services connecting London Heathrow (Terminal 1) with Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen carrying up to 1 million passengers annually.

The aircraft will operate with a single class configuration, but Flying Club Gold card holders and Upper Class passengers connecting onto Upper Class long-haul flights will have access to airport lounges at their departure airport, plus access to limo transfer services.

The carrier will also provide “The best in British food and snacks on board, including a hot breakfast offering on early morning flights and specially-produced snacks during the rest of the day”.

Aer Lingus chief commercial officer Stephen Kavanagh said “We are very pleased to have reached agreement in principle with Virgin Atlantic to provide the aircraft, maintenance and crew with which they will serve their new domestic operations, and look forward to now progressing to contract.”

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said "These services operating from Edinburgh and Aberdeen will provide direct links to and from London Heathrow, as well seamlessly linking into Virgin's long-haul network creating new links between Scotland and the rest of the world. Together, this will only benefit Scotland's business and leisure travelers."

Virgin Atlantic chief executive, Steve Ridgway said "Throughout our history, Virgin Atlantic has successfully fought British Airways all over the world and has offered passengers a compelling alternative through our renowned product and service.

We will look to replicate that in our short-haul flying and challenge the current BA monopoly on these routes which is causing serious consumer harm.

Virgin Atlantic will offer millions of passengers in Scotland and Manchester connections around the world through our and our partners’ long-haul network, with the additional benefit of providing direct services to and from London Heathrow. This is a robust business model that will protect competition to and from Heathrow for the long term ".

Virgin Atlantic will use 9 of the 12 slot pairs acquired at London Heathrow following the sale of BMI Airlines to the IAG Group to launch the new routes to Aberdeen and Edinburgh, for 24 daily domestic flights with three to Aberdeen and six to Edinburgh and three to Manchester , with tickets on sale from 19th December starting at £99 return

Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus currently operate an interline agreement and plan to explore opportunities for further commercial co-operation in the future.

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Avolon Leasing delivers Boeing 737-800 to Ryanair ©

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Dublin based leasing company Avolon Aircraft Leasing announced it delivered the first of four Boeing 737-800s on a sale and lease back transaction with Ryanair. The aircraft EI-EVZ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 40316 was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin this afternoon.

Avolon Aircraft Leasing has a further six aircraft leased to Ryanair according to Planespotters.net website.

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Dublin Airport Terminal 2 Celebrates 2nd Birthday ©

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Dublin Airport Terminal 2 celebrated its 2nd Birthday on 19th November last since its opening over 16 million passengers have used the terminal, which is home to Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways , United Airlines and US Airways.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Interim CEO Oliver Cussen said "The opening of T2 was the last element of a wider five-year construction programme that gave customers a new and improved Dublin Airport, with new two new departure gate areas, new campus roads, new car parks, new aircraft parking areas, new taxiways, and new and improved electricity, gas and water networks ".

Etihad Airways was the first carrier to begin using Terminal 2 on the 23rd November 2010 , with the opening of the new terminal and associated new gates on Pier E was a major factor in winning the new Emirates Airlines daily service to Dubai which commenced on the 9th January 2012.

The award-winning Terminal 2 landed two top awards at the LAMA Awards 2012, the building claimed the National Impact Award and Best Commercial Building awards, and the prize at the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards in Amsterdam, for having the world’s best airport bars and restaurants at an airport handling 10-25 million passengers per year .Dublin Airport won the award for the quality of the food and beverage outlets.

                                                   
                               

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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Delta Airlines orders up to 70 Bombardier Aerospace CRJ900s ©

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Bombardier Aerospace today announced Delta Airlines ordered 40 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets plus a further 30 options, configured with 76 seats in a two-class cabin and will be operated by Delta Connection carriers still be determined by Delta Airlines, in a contract valued at $1.85 billion at list prices increasing to $3.29 billion if all options are converted to firm orders.

The CRJ900 NextGen regional jets will allow the airline to continue restructuring its domestic fleet by phasing out its 60 CRJ200 aircraft.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Mike Arcamone said "Building on a relationship that is 20 years strong, we are delighted that Delta – one of the world’s largest, most prestigious global airlines – continues to select Bombardier CRJ regional jets to replenish its fleet".

In a statement Bombardier Belfast Management said "We in Belfast will once again benefit, given the significant role we play in the CRJ900 NextGen programme, this order is a further vote of confidence by customers in Bombardier's products, and in the skills and capabilities of our workforce here in Belfast ".

Delta Airlines President Ed Ed Bastian said "We selected Bombardier’s CRJ900 NextGen aircraft specifically because it is proven to be the most cost-efficient jet aircraft in its class for our operations and this regional jet satisfies perfectly the agreement that we have made with our pilots to add 70 more 76-seat jetliners to our fleet"

Delta Connection carriers have been operating Bombardier Aerospace CRJ aircraft since 1993 when Comair became the first North American airline to operate the CRJ100, today Delta Connection carriers operate 466 CRJ Series aircraft − 286 CRJ200, 79 CRJ700 and 101 CRJ900 jetliners − making it the world’s largest CRJ aircraft fleet.

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Aviation growth incentives unveiled in Budget 2013 ©

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The Minister for Finance Mr Michael Noonan TD yesterday announced new aviation growth incentives in Budget 2013 to develop and build upon existing aircraft leasing and maintenance clusters, creating the potential for significant job creation, by putting in place measures to facilitate the construction of hangers and ancillary facilities to make it more attractive for companies to locate here in Ireland.

The Minister said a joint departmental team will examine the feasibility of new funding sources for airlines and aircraft financing and leasing companies.

A very welcome development is to make the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) concept being developed for the Shannon Airport entity, available to all other airports in the state who wish also to avail of these measures, also the 9% VAT rate in the tourism will remain.

Further details are expected in the Finance Bill next week.

The aviation sector contributes €4.1 billion (2.6%) to Irish GDP with 26,000 direct employees in airlines, airports, leasing companies and MROs (Source Aer Lingus).

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Irish Airlines grow November passenger numbers ©


                                                   
Aer Lingus announced it carried 766,000 passengers up 2.1% carrying 87,000 long-haul passengers up 13% with a load factor of 85.7% up 8.4% on an 1.3% increase in capacity its revenue passengers kilometers increased by 12.4%, and carried 593,000 short-haul passengers down 2.2% with a load factor of 70.5% down 3.1% on an 2.7% reduction in capacity with revenue passenger kilometers down 6.8%.

Aer Lingus Regional Franchise operated by Aer Arann Regional carried 86,000 passengers up 28.4% and year to date has carried 927,000 passengers.

Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as a whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was the same on short-haul routes (70.5% v.70.7%) and a bit higher on the North Atlantic routes (85.7% v. 83.6%) which is a good development.

                                       

Ryanair announced it carried 4.91 million passengers up 5% with a load factor of 80% and in the rolling 12 months to the end of November it carried 79.6 million passengers.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Ryanair carries 70 millionth passenger in Germany ©


                                                     
Ryanair achieved another European milestone carrying its 70 millionth passenger in Germany, since launching its first route from London Stansted to Frankfurt Hahn on 22nd April 1999, the passenger Katharina Mueller travelled from Milan Bergamo to Bremen airport on 29th November.

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Executive Jana Skornicka said "We are pleased with the consistent success story of Ryanair in Germany. Since the first flight on 22 April 1999 from London Stansted to Frankfurt / Hahn has grown steadily despite our offer growth unfriendly levy taxes and we are now represented in twelve German airports".

Ryanair has bases in Baden Baden (Karlsruhe), Bremen, Dusseldorf Weeze and Frankfurt Hahn, and operates from Dublin to Berlin Schonefeld,Frankfurt,Memmingen and Kerry to Frankfurt Hahn, also in Summer 2012 it operated from Ireland West Knock Airport to Frankfurt Hahn.

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Northern Ireland Airports welcome APD report ©


                                                     
Northern Ireland Airports have welcomed the report ‘An Air Transport Strategy for Northern Ireland’, produced by the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee reinforces the view that airports have been saying for the past three years; APD acts as an artificial barrier to developing both leisure and business routes and is hindering potential future growth.

The House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee says that Air Passenger Duty on short haul flights—which make up 98.5% of all flights to Northern Ireland—remains a major stumbling block to rebalancing the NI economy and must be scrapped on all flights to NI from Great Britain and on all flights from NI. The report stated Links to hub airports such as Heathrow, should be maintained and further routes actively sought, and road and rail links to all three of Northern Ireland's airports must be improved.

Laurence Robertson MP Chair of the Committee said "For the people of Northern Ireland air travel is not a luxury, it is fundamental to family and economic life. To help rebalance the Northern Ireland economy, it is vital that air links to Great Britain, mainland Europe and the rest of the world are robust ".

Belfast International Airport Managing Director John Dorans said “The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has produced a report that should help develop a new approach to a sector that offers considerable but as yet untapped economic potential, the removal of APD on short-haul flights would help Northern Ireland compete more effectively with Dublin Airport and produce attractive returns in terms of increased passenger numbers and a viable and expanding tourism sector, this is particularly critical as 80% of air traffic in and out of NI is to GB and APD is charged at both ends of a return trip. The result is that on any return trip to any destination in England Scotland or Wales, £26 of the ticket price simply goes on taxation".

City of Derry Airport Director Damien Tierney said "APD charged in the UK is already the highest in the world and is up to 8.5 times more than the European average.  For example, Air Travel Tax [Ireland’s APD equivalent] is charged at a flat rate of €3 per departing passenger, whereas the UK domestic rate is £13 per departing passenger, 400% higher.  We believe this creates an unfair market situation and is inhibiting our ability to attract new carriers and routes to the North West region, especially with Derry being the host city for the 2013 UK City of Culture".

George Best Belfast City Airport CEO Brian Ambrose said "Management at Belfast City Airport welcomes all of the recommendations detailed in the report published today.,we hope both Westminster and the NI Executive give serious consideration to providing an Air Passenger Duty solution in which the duty no longer acts as a barrier for local business or has a negative impact on UK tourism into Northern Ireland, alll elements of the strategy would have a positive impact on the Northern Ireland economy and strengthen air links to and from this island ".

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Government confirms Shannon Airport separation ©


                                                     
The Irish Government has decided to grant Shannon Airport full independence from Dublin Airport Authority on December 31st 2012 and merge the airport with a restructured Shannon Development to form a new, publicly-owned, commercial entity in 2013, implementing the decision taken in principle last May with specific commitments for the creation of 850 jobs has been secured from two Shannon-based companies, as part of plans for an International Aviation Services Centre,these commitments depend on the separation of Shannon Airport from the DAA.

A report from the Aviation Business Development Task Force, set up by the Shannon Steering Group, also states that the Aviation Services Center ‘is conservatively projected to create and maintain 3,000-3,500 new direct jobs within five years, not including construction jobs’.

The Government decision will grant Shannon Airport the long-awaited freedom to determine its own future in the best interests of the airport itself and of the Shannon region, and merge it with a restructured Shannon Development. The new entity will include Shannon Development’s extensive land-bank and will be tasked with developing an international aviation center of excellence.

Minister Varadkar said "The decision taken today is an historic one and will free the board and management of Shannon airport, together with their employees, to bring a fresh approach to the future development of the airport. A key element of that future will be the development of an International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) in and around the airport, building on a range of aviation-related activities already undertaken in Shannon such as aircraft maintenance and leasing.

I am particularly struck by the degree of support for an independent airport across a wide spectrum of interested parties including business interests, chambers of commerce, and local authorities. Airport users, service providers, and prospective new airport customers including airlines and companies have expressed an overwhelming desire to deal directly with Shannon on a separated basis ".

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said “Today is a pivotal step in the process of separation.  The focus of staff and management at Shannon Airport has been on ensuring that the airport is financially and operationally ready for separation.  We will continue to build on the momentum of recent gains in passenger services whilst growing a range of commercial opportunities. This entire process is all about securing a sustainable future for all the stakeholders of the Airport and that Shannon Airport delivers on its role as a key economic driver for the West of Ireland.”

Shannon Chamber President Damian Gleeson said "Today’s announcement heralds a new era for Shannon. Autonomy gives Shannon the freedom to chart its own future, negotiate with new airlines, develop new routes, seek new foreign direct investment, encourage new indigenous subcontracting and most importantly, regenerate the pioneering spirit on which the Shannon brand was built ".

Legislation will now be drafted to establish a new, publicly-owned commercial Shannon entity comprising the airport and the restructured Shannon Development. This legislation will also make an appropriate change to the name of the Dublin Airport Authority to take account of the new ownership structures. The Government plans to have this legislation enacted by the Oireachtas by the middle of next year.

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