Friday, 30 November 2012

Ryanair announces new route ©

Ryanair announced its launching a new route from it's Maastricht Base to Brive (France) operating twice weekly from 3rd April 2013 and will generate 15,000 passengers.

Ryanair France / Belgium Sales & Marketing Manager Brisy Jonathan said "Ryanair is delighted to announce the Brive airport this line to / from Maastricht which will operate from the season next summer and will be on sale tomorrow on . Passengers and visitors to the Dordogne and surroundings can now choose the lowest fares of Ryanair no fuel surcharge guarantee. This development will generate during the summer season (April to October) 15,000 passenger traffic and create 15 jobs ".

President Brive Airport Jean-Louis Nesti said "I am delighted today to welcome Ryanair to announce a first link, which will link Brive Dordogne Valley and Maastricht, in the spring of 2013. This line will attract tourist flows in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, which are among the main countries of origin of visitors, the three areas covered by the platform: the North Lot, Corrèze and the Dordogne Black. A great opportunity for all airport partners to develop the attractiveness of the destination Dordogne".

Brive – Souillac Airport is an international airport located 13 kilometers south of Brive-la-Gaillarde, a commune of the Corrèze department in the Limousin region of France.


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Thursday, 29 November 2012

United Airlines promotes Dublin-Washington DC route ©

United Airlines held a fun promotion in Stephens Green Shopping Center in Mid-November to promote their new Dublin to Washington Dulles service launched on 8th June last , this week a travel trade press delegation traveled to Washington DC on a familiarization trip lead by Yvonne Muldoon United Airlines Sales Manager Ireland & Northern Ireland to celebrate the new direct flight from Dublin to Washington.  

The carrier noted that 65% of the traffic is using the Washington Dulles hub is connecting to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando and SFO. The Dublin Airport Airport said stated prior to United Airlines launching the route 35,000 passengers between Dublin and  Washington DC ,  the direct route will significantly grow that market.

The winter 2012/3 schedule Washington Dulles operates fives weekly up to 7th January 2013 reducing to four times weekly till 17th March , thereafter increasing to five times weekly till 21st May.

United Airlines operates daily flights from Belfast International, Dublin and Shannon to Newark and Dublin to Washington Dulles five times weekly using a 175-seater Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 16 BusinessFirst class seats and 159 seats in Economy. United Airlines is to launch a new route from Shannon to Chicago five times weekly from 6th June 2013.


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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Ryanair throttles back in Spanish market as costs rise ©

Ryanair today announced "Severe cuts" to its Summer 2013 schedule in Spain reducing operations by 12%
the second successive downsizing of operations at Barcelona and Madrid bases after cuts in winter schedule with the loss of 4.5 million passengers and 648 weekly flights from 30th March 2013 unless "The airport operator imposes the same rates as before", the hike will cost €75-80 million more than paid in 2012 said Ryanair.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair opposes the Spanish government's decision to double the airport charges at airports in Barcelona El Prat and Madrid Barajas and the increase in the rest of Spanish airports. Unfortunately, this will lead back to a significant decline in traffic, tourism and jobs in both airports for the summer of 2013 as part of an overall reduction of 12% of Ryanair's operations in Spain".

The airline plans to cut Barcelona El Prat base operations by 23% reducing base fleet from 13 to 12 Boeing 737-800s, terminating four routes to Alicante, Lubeck, Munich and Trieste and reducing frequency on 20 other routes , with the loss of 170 weekly flights and 1.2 million passengers.

At its Madrid  Barajas base it plans to cut operations by 35% reducing base fleet from 14 to 10 aircraft, terminating thirteen routes to Almería, Ancona, Bari, Gerona, Eindhoven, Frankfurt (Hahn), Genoa, London (Gatwick), Poznan, Stockholm (Skavsta), Turin and Verona, with reduced frequency on 22 other routes, with the loss of 272 weekly flights and 1.9 million passengers.

Ryanair plans to grow by 4% in 2013 to 79 million passengers with delivery of 7 new Boeing 737-800s and re-locating five aircraft from Spain to East Midlands and Manchester also to Greece, Portugal and airports "more affordable" .

AENA sources have pointed to EFE that airport charges in 2011 covered 63.5% of the costs, whose renovation in 2012 enough to cover 73.5% and 76.7% in 2013, the increase in airport charges next year is equivalent to €0.85 euros per ticket.

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Ryanair returns to Strasbourg in April 2013 ©

Ryanair today announced its returning to Strasbourg Airport * from 3rd April 2013 , launching two new routes to London Stansted operating three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and Porto twice weekly (Tuesday and Saturday) the two routes are expected to generate 75,000 passengers.

The carrier suspended the double daily Strasbourg to London Stansted route on 24th September 2003 following a judgment of the court of Strasbourg Administrative Court following Brit Air complaint removing subsidies by the ICC, Ryanair switched the London Stansted route to Karlsruhe Baden-Baden.

Strasburg Airport CEO Thomas Dubus said "We did a lot of work to lower airport fees and costs charged to companies to be more competitive".

Strasbourg airport began this year an ambitious development project commercial, without any public subsidy. Implemented to strengthen the competitiveness and the attractiveness of the airport. It is based primarily on reduction and optimization of operating costs incurred by all airlines (Taxes, Fees, support costs).

Strasbourg Airport or Aéroport de Strasbourg is located in Entzheim and 10 km west-southwest of Strasbourg, both communes of the Bas-Rhin département in the Alsace région of France, ranks as the twelfth largest regional airport in France with 1.08 million passengers in 2011.

*28th French Airport served by Ryanair.

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Ryanair welcomes 30th Millionth passenger at its Brussels South Charleroi Base ©

Ryanair welcomed its 30th Millionth passenger at its Brussels South Charleroi Airport Base on 26th October, initially the airline launched with a single route from Dublin to Charleroi back in May 1997. The airline established its first European Base at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) in April 2001 with two Boeing 737-800s operating routes to Carcassonne, London Stansted, Pisa, Prestwick, Shannon and Venice Treviso.

Since establishing the Brussels South Charleroi base in 2001 it has been progressively expanded the base to 16 Boeing 737-800s operating 80 routes carrying 5 million passengers.

Jonathan Brisy said "Ryanair is very proud today to cross the milestone of 30 million passengers traveled to / from the airport Brussels South Charleroi since its inception in 1997. Ryanair accounts for more than 80% of the volume of traffic and transport BSCA more than 5 million passengers this year, thus maintaining more than 5,000 local jobs ".

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bombardier Aerospace Belfast welcomes record aircraft order ©

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Bombardier Aerospace Belfast has been celebrating the largest business jet order in the history of the company, placed by VistaJet a world-leading luxury aviation company and exclusive operator of Bombardier business aircraft for 142 aircraft signing a contract for 56 aircraft plus 86 options valued at  $7.8 billion at list prices if all options are exercised.

The company placed a firm order for 56 Global jets comprising of 25 Global 5000, 25 Global 6000 and six Global 8000 jets deliveries of these aircraft will commence in 2014, with options on a further 40 Global 5000, 40 Global 6000 and six Global 8000 jets.

In a statement Bombardier Belfast Management said "This order - the largest ever business aircraft sale in Bombardier's history - will help to sustain jobs and secure our long-term future, in addition to benefiting our local supply chain.

Bombardier in Belfast is responsible for the design and manufacture of a range of parts for the global aircraft family, including the forward fuselages, engine nacelles, horizontal stabilizers and other components."

Bombardier Business Aircraft President Steve Ridolfi said "We welcome VistaJet’s ongoing commitment to global coverage within existing and developing new markets. Our Global aircraft are perfect for VistaJet’s business strategy to deliver the ultimate business jet family to all corners of the world".

VistaJet Chairman & Founder Thomas Flohr said "This order is the most significant milestone for VistaJet and is a testimony to our successful strategy that focuses on global coverage. Our customers need to fly point-to-point across the globe, and in many instances at short notice".

VistaJet plans to base the aircraft in fast growing markets of Africa, China, Middle East, Kazakhstan and Russia.


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Monday, 26 November 2012

Cork Airport Announces Winter Schedule ©

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Cork Airport announced for Winter 2012/3 their is a total of 46,000 weekly seats available to 26 destinations across Europe with Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional,, Ryanair and Wizzair. Cork Airport will have 23 weekly departures to Poland and Lithuania for the winter season with Ryanair and Wizz Air including the new route to Krakow.

Ryanair added a second Boeing 737-800 to it's Cork Base from 7th November commencing new routes to Krakow & Warsaw Modlin , Wroclaw (8th November), Vilnius (9th November) and Gdansk (10th November).

Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said “With over 1,000,000 seats available from Cork Airport for Winter 2012/2013 there has never been a better time to take a break".

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Ryanair restores Dublin to Tallinn route ©

Ryanair is to restore the Dublin to Tallinn route for Summer 2013 operating twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturdays from Saturday 16th March to Saturday 26th October, is now open on the online booking engine, the airline first launched the route on 15th December 2010 and operates on an seasonal basis.

Ryanair operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 1.

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Smartwings Announces new Dublin-Prague route ©

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Smartwings announced its launching a new route from Dublin to Prague operating twice weekly on Monday and Fridays from 3rd June to 23rd September using Boeing 737-800 equipment using Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. The airline previously operated the route from 1st October 2004 to 31st March 2005.

The airline is launching new routes to Cagliari ,Dublin and Olbia for Summer 2013 schedule.

Smartwings (QS/TVS) is a low-cost airline with base at Prague Airport established in 2004 providing both scheduled flights and charter services to mainly to leisure destinations, using Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Etihad Airways Extends BusinessConnect to Ireland ©

Etihad Airways announced it has extended BusinessConnect loyalty programme to Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa markets. The BusinessConnect programe is designed to help small to medium sized enterprises (SME) get the most value from their travel budget when flying with the airline.

BusinessConnect members or a designated travel agent can manage the company's account online for up to 50 enrolled members. All itineraries are kept in one place with 24-hour access and user-friendly features. Miles are earned on Etihad marketed flights, including those operated by the airline's code-share partners.

Etihad Guest miles can be earned on all Etihad Airways tickets, and there are no blackout periods when redeeming miles against upgrades, free flights, or the thousands of products from the Etihad Guest Reward Shop.

Setting up a BusinessConnect account is free of charge, and more information can be found at

Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said: “We are delighted to be able to introduce the smartest and most rewarding loyalty scheme for small and medium sized enterprises to these new markets, targeted at companies which are looking for ways to optimise their travel spend whilst adding convenience and value to their business travel experience".

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Aer Lingus Expands Dublin Schedule for Summer 2013 ©

Aer Lingus is to launch a new weekly Dublin to Corfu service on Sundays as part of its Summer 2013 schedule and will add one additional frequency routes to Bilbao, Dubrovnik,Lanzarote, Munich, Nice, Perpignan and Santiago de Compostela, Berlin and Zurich will have two additional weekly frequencies.

The airline operate four additional weekly flights to London Gatwick and Paris CDG and Copenhagen will operate six times weekly year round.

On the transatlantic schedule the airline will add an extra 112,000 seats an 15% increase in transatlantic capacity versus 2011 ,will take the form of 90 additional round-trips between Dublin and Boston and 120 additional round-trips between Dublin and Chicago, and Orlando will have one additional flight from 17th June to 10th August.

Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said “Our 2013 summer schedule offers our customers more choice with additional frequencies, new destinations and a great mix of city break and summer sun options. We’ve also significantly increased our number of transatlantic flights in response to customer demand. We look forward to welcoming customers on board the new services.”

Robert Hilliard Chief Operations Officer Dublin Airport said “New routes and increased frequencies strengthen Dublin Airport’s position in terms of choice for passengers whether they are originating here or overseas. An extra 15% in capacity on their transatlantic schedule, amounting to 112,000 more seats is a significant and welcome boost for passengers intending to travel to these destinations next year.”

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Ryanair cuts Budapest base routes ©

Ryanair announced a 40% reduction in its Budapest operations effective 10th January 2013 cutting its base fleet from 5 to 3 Boeing 737-800s closing ten routes and reducing frequency on nine routes ,with the loss of 110 weekly flights and 800,000 passengers after Budapest airport refused to offer a competitive cost base for future growth and efficient facilities, and increased charges.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “Ryanair regrets Hochtief Budapest Airport’s decision to increase charges, impose inefficient facilities and reject our proposals for a competitive growth offer which would have allowed Ryanair to grow traffic and routes at Budapest.

Ryanair will remain one of the 2 largest airlines operating at Budapest, but Hochtief cannot continue to ignore the competitive marketplace, where airports all over Europe have been reducing costs and offering efficient facilities in return for traffic growth”.

Ryanair will cut routes to Baden, Birmingham,Bologna, Dusseldorf Weeze, Krakow, Lubeck, Malaga, Munich, Oslo Torp and Thessaloniki, also its cutting frequency on nine routes to Barcelona, Bergamo, Charleroi, Dublin, Madrid, Rome, Venice Treviso and Warsaw Modlin. These reductions will see Ryanair’s Budapest traffic will fall by 800,000 passenger passengers per annum from 2 million to 1.2 million.

The Dublin to Budapest route frequency will be reduced from five to three weekly flights from 10th January 2013.

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City of Derry Airport unveils new 2030 Vision ©

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 The City of Derry Airport and Derry City Council unveiled its new ambitious first draft master plan for the development of the airport, setting out the vision to become "The Airport of choice for the north west of Ireland ". The airport has a market catchment of 1.571 million people within a 90 minute drive.

The key elements of the master plan include growing passenger numbers from 400,000 passengers per annum to 1.2 million per annum by 2030 (1.6 million by 2050), expand the route network portfolio to 10 destinations across Europe & UK, expansion of existing terminal and general aviation/business aviation facilities.

The master plan envisages the development of a new Aviation Business park and no extension of the existing runway as the passenger growth can be catered for within existing infrastructure available. The airport forecasts continued reliance on Low cost carriers (Ryanair accounts for 85% of traffic) and mix of aircraft types from the Boeing 737-800 to DHC8-400 adding increasing frequency on existing routes and double daily would make routes more appealing to business travelers.

Also the introduction of a regional carrier and ad-hoc seasonal charter flights and a lean routes with a 19 seat aircraft. In 2011 the PSO route between Dublin and City of Derry was terminated in March 2011, however Dublin and Cork have been identified as potential future destinations.

The City of Derry Airport is estimated to support 400 full time direct and indirect jobs contributing £14 million to the Northern Ireland economy and £7 million to the local economy each year, by 2022 it is estimated that the Airport will support 800 jobs in the local economy and adding £35 million to the Northern Ireland economy.

The draft plan is open for a three-month public consultation.

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Aer Lingus announces new Shannon-Faro route ©

Aer Lingus is to launch a new route from Shannon Airport to Faro operating three times weekly from 1st May to 13th September on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays using an Cork based Airbus A320 aircraft, generating an additional 20,000 passengers through the airport next year and will be welcome boost for sun seekers and holidaymakers from the West of Ireland.

In addition Aer Lingus has also brought forward the recommencement of services to New York and Boston to March 11th after a short winter break and just in time to meet the strong demand for St. Patrick’s weekend.

Aer Lingus will generate an estimated 570,000 plus passengers through Shannon in 2013 on key destinations such as New York, Boston, London-Heathrow, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Faro and Manchester.

Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said  “We are delighted to launch a new service from Shannon to the popular holiday destination and gateway to the Algarve, Faro. We look forward to welcoming customers on board the new service.”

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said “This is excellent news for Shannon Airport and more so for the many thousands of people from the West of Ireland that travel to the Algarve every year, be it for annual sun holidays, short leisure breaks or golf trips. It is also a clear indication by Aer Lingus that it has potential for growth at Shannon, particularly on European routes.”

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Ryanair returns 2 London-Marrakech routes ©

Ryanair is adding back two routes from London Luton and London Stansted to Marrakech its winter schedule, from February 2013 both routes will operate four times weekly, offering a total of eight weekly flights operated by London Luton and London Stansted based aircraft.

The London Luton to Marrakech route suspended for the winter ,will initially operate twice weekly from 2nd February increasing to three times weekly from 12th March, increasing to four times weekly from 18th March 2013.

The London Stansted to Marrakech route will initially operate twice weekly from 2nd February increasing to four times weekly from 25th March 2013.

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Ryanair's Charity Calendar smashes sales record ©

Ryanair announced its 2013 Cabin crew charity calendar has sold a record 7,000 copies since launch last month leaving 3,000 copies remaining available through its website and on-board its flights  The 2013 Calendar was shot in Paphos in Cyprus last June , generating over 350,000 hits on Youtube.

The airline called on Youtube to donate all advertising revenue generated from the Ryanair video to be donated to TVN Foundation in Warsaw. YouTube placed 30 second adverts at the start of each view and Ryanair believes this revenue should be donated to its charity partner.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said “Ryanair is used to breaking records and now our sexy cabin crew are smashing records of their own with over 7,000 2013 Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendars sold in just one month. All proceeds raised go to charity and thanks to the record sales, the 2013 Charity Calendar is well on target to reach its fundraising goal of €100,000 for the TVN Foundation in Warsaw, which does outstanding work helping children with cystic fibrosis.


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DAA Sees Major Growth in Ireland-US Traffic in 2013 ©

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The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) sees 20% increase in capacity between Ireland and the United States next Summer with an extra 270,000 seats and in total the number of available seats will be just under 1.7 million.

At Dublin Airport Aer Lingus is increasing Transatlantic capacity with three extra Boston and four extra Chicago flights per week, and American Airlines is to launch a new daily New York JFK route and US Airways seat capacity will be up by 16% operating a Boeing 767-200 on the Philadelphia route. Dublin Airport will have 12 daily scheduled flights to 9 different US airports next summer.

DAA Strategy Director Vincent Harrison said “Dublin Airport will have better connectivity to the United States next summer than Gatwick or Manchester airports”.

Shannon Airport sees a significant uplift in capacity as United Airlines launches a new daily Chicago service from 6th June and US Airways is resuming the Philadelphia route on 22nd May after an absence of four years. In summer 2013 Shannon Airport will have six flights per day to five different US Airports.

DAA Strategy Director, Vincent Harrison said “This is a very significant expansion of air capacity between the US and Ireland, and represents a major vote of confidence in the Irish market. We are constantly working to win new business for our three airports and we’re delighted with the significant expansion in transatlantic capacity for next year. The DAA will be working closely with its airline customers, tourism agencies and other stakeholders to help promote these additional services on both sides of the Atlantic”.

The DAA stated Transatlantic routes to Ireland are heavily dependent on the leisure segment of the market, as up to 55% of passengers are holiday makers, with a further 20% visiting friends and relatives. North American residents account for 54% of passengers on transatlantic routes to Ireland, with Republic of Ireland residents accounting for 34% of passengers.

Passengers resident in other countries, including the UK, make up the remaining 14% of travelers on transatlantic routes into Ireland. Dublin Airport is seeing significant growth this year from British and European passengers transferring onto US connections at Dublin and availing of US pre-clearance facilities

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Northern Ireland Airport's welcome G8 Summit ©

Northern Ireland airport's Belfast International Airport and City of Derry Airport have warmly welcomed the news Northern Ireland is to 39th annual G8 Summit next year in Lough Erne Resort County Fermanagh on 17-18th June 2013 adding it would be a tremendous fillip’ to the local economy.

Managing Director Belfast John Doran said “Belfast International Airport will play its full role in making this summit a resounding success. We have the capacity to handle all of their aircraft requirements and, as they set foot on Northern Ireland soil, they will be guaranteed a very warm welcome.

We have considerable experience in this respect having dealt with Presidents, Prime Ministers and other leaders in the recent past.This Summit is an opportunity to showcase what’s best about Northern Ireland. We’re ready for the G8 and, as a community; we must be ready to exploit the benefits from this potentially tremendous fillip for the local economy.

Tourism, inward investment and political stability will all come under the microscope and we have to be ready to do all we can to exploit what’s offered.We have one chance to shine, one chance to make a massive impression globally, and we have to grasp it with both hands.We have never had an event of this magnitude, and Belfast International airport stands ready to play its full part in making it memorable and successful”.

City of Derry Airport Managing Director Mr Damien Tierney said "The news as an “excellent opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland”, adding that “we are looking forward to playing our role in welcoming the leaders of the G8 nations from across the world during 2013, our special year of Culture Celebrations”.

Chairman of Tourism Ireland Brian Ambrose said “This is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland – not only to world leaders but also to the international media. It will raise the profile of Northern Ireland and ultimately help us achieve our goal of increasing visitor numbers from overseas”.

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Aer Lingus Announces new George Best Belfast City Airport-Palma route ©

Aer Lingus announced is launching a new route from George Best Belfast City Airport to Palma from 2nd April 2013 operating twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday, and will re-launch daily services to Faro and Malaga from 31st March 2013, also its increasing frequency on the London Gatwick route from three to four times daily (expect Saturdays) offering 48 weekly flights to London Gatwick and Heathrow.

Aer Lingus Commercial Director Northern Ireland Valerie Abbott said "We are delighted to announce the addition of our new route to Palma to our 2013 Summer Schedule so early into the launch of our new base at Belfast City Airport.

Cosmopolitan Palma is the capital city of Majorca in the Balearic Islands and is the perfect destination for a beach holiday. The city is steeped in history and overflowing with little boutiques and restaurants, making it an ideal city break option.

We have been overwhelmed by positive feedback since our move to Belfast City Airport from our customers and the trade alike being voted ‘Best Airline ex. Belfast to Europe’, for the third year in a row, at the recent Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards was a huge vote of confidence in our development strategy

We are committed to growing our business in Northern Ireland and will continue to explore further opportunities for the expansion of our network from George Best Belfast City Airport".

Aer Lingus will be competing against Easyjet x 4 weekly from 17th April 2013 and Jet2 x 2 weekly from 29th March 2013 on the route operating from Belfast International Airport.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Ryanair Announces new routes ©

Ryanair announced its adding two new French routes to the network from Paris Beauvais to Carcassonne from 12th December operating three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The new route will generate an additional 45,000 passengers at Beauvais. Beauvais is Ryanair's largest non-base with a total of 44 routes.

Also from London Stansted to Dole operating twice weekly from 3rd April 2013 which is expected to generate 30,000 additional passengers in additional to existing twice weekly Porto-Dole route.

Dole is in the Franche-Comté region in Eastern France.


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Dublin Airport Authority Announces modest price increase in 2013 ©

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The Dublin Airport Authority announced it will increase charges by 0.5% in 2013 under its proposal the price increase will apply in summer only, as core prices in the winter period will remain unchanged. In addition to the core charge the DAA plans to close price differential between air-bridge and contact stands and increase in the charge levied to meet the cost of providing a service to Persons of Reduced Mobility (PRM).

The DAA stated charges at Dublin Airport are regulated by the independent Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR), which sets an annual price cap – the average maximum charge per passenger that can be levied, also it noted no airline has the same pricing structure due to individual elements and seasonality.

The DAA will continue to offer generous financial incentives to stimulate the launch of new short-haul and long-haul routes, offer a five year incentive package on new long-haul routes, also its Growth Incentive Scheme supports expansion and new growth in existing markets to grow passenger numbers.

DAA Strategy Director Vincent Harrison said "Independent studies have consistently shown that charges at Dublin Airport are cheaper than at other comparable European airports, and this modest adjustment to our pricing for 2013 will continue to maintain the price advantage that we have relative to the European average".

Ryanair Spokesman Stephen McNamara said "There is no justification for the Govt owned DAA monopoly, at a time of recession and record low passenger numbers, further increasing the already high charges at Dublin Airport in 2013. It’s no secret that Dublin Airport’s charges are among the highest in Europe. They have already been described by Aer Lingus as “insane” and by Etihad Airways as “too excessive”. Minister Varadkar, to support “The Gathering”, should be calling on the DAA monopoly to lower its airport charges in 2013, not raise them".

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

20th Annual Aviation Fair Sunday 25th November ©

The 20th Annual Irish Aviation fair takes place next Sunday 25th November between 1000 and 1600 hours at ALSAA Sports Club Complex located next to Dublin Airport-Free Admission.

The annual event moved to ALSAA from the City Center a few years ago to allow a bigger and better exhibition and it has grown in popularity among the aviation community every year since. Exhibitors and traders at the fair include slide and photo sales, models, second-hand books and magazines, aviation collectibles, aviation art.

The fair began as a project of the Aviation Society of Ireland which came into being in 1969 and now exists as a kind of 'virtual society' with most of the interaction between its members happening over the internet evolving into an annual social gathering of the aviation enthusiasts.

Those travelling to the Fair by Bus routes serving ALSAA are 33, 41, 41B, 41C, 102 can access to the front entrance to the ALSAA club from the Old Airport Road stops.

Those travelling to the event by Car please note that due to upgrading works currently in progress on the Old Airport Road the front entrance to ALSAA is closed, please note their is NO RIGHT Turn at allowed at airport junction lights please continue to M1 Motorway roundabout and return southbound on Old Airport Road and turn left at airport junction lights  towards the long-term red car-park and right at the mini-roundabout to enter ALSAA complex.

Tea and Coffee are available from the bar and on Sunday Afternoon ALSAA offers an La Carte Menu.

The fair is a must for anyone with an interest in aviation and all are welcome to attend.

Directions to ALSAA.

For further Information see website.

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Friday, 16 November 2012

ASL Aviation Group has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire TNT Airways S.A. and Pan Air Lineas Aereas from TNT Express N.V.

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TNT Airways (based in Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (based in Spain) will be added to the existing air transportation activities of the ASL Group. The addition of these two companies to ASL’s other carriers - Air Contractors (based in Ireland), Europe Airpost (based in France) and Safair (based in South Africa) - will bring the number of airlines in the Group to a total of five.

Hugh Flynn Group Chief Executive ASL Aviation Group said: "I look forward to working with the highly skilled and dedicated TNT airlines team as we build the airlines for the future. Additionally, the transaction provides ASL with new opportunities for development and growth".

ASL is a diversified aviation group that has grown recently through acquisitions. This new acquisition reinforces the successful, strategic development of the Group by external growth. ASL Aviation Group will develop TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas in line with its business and the airlines will continue to operate its fleets on their existing routes.

The integration of TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas to the ASL Aviation Group, will strengthen the company’s capabilities and ensure that it continues to provide customers with first class and reliable professional service.

This transaction represents a unique opportunity for ASL to be in a position to provide services to the major integrators and assert itself as the neutral provider of airline services to the major express integrators in Europe.

Further announcements will follow in due course.

ASL Aviation Group is an established European group of aviation companies, which currently includes three airlines, two support services companies and various leasing entities. ASL Aviation Group holds a European air operator license and operates and owns a fleet of about 90 aircraft in use for freight and passenger services.

ASL Aviation Group employs close to 1,200 personnel and generated revenues of around €410 million in 2011. ASL Aviation Group is owned by Compagnie Maritime Belge N.V. (51%) and 3P Air Freighters Ltd (49%).

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Ireland West Airport Knock : Over 15,000 weekly seats to Spain & UK this winter ©

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Ireland West Knock Airport (IWAK) announced it had a record breaking summer season with over 530,000 passengers passing through the airport, following the launch of new services to mainland Europe by Lufthansa and Ryanair, bringing an estimated 14,000 new tourists to the region generating an estimated €7m in tourist spend for the local economy.

This winter Ireland West Airport Knock 2012/13 there will be 15,000 weekly seats to and from 9 scheduled destinations in the UK and to/from Lanzarote in Spain operating weekly every Thursday with Ryanair, and Aer Lingus Regional will continue its daily Birmingham service and Ryanair will have an daily service to Liverpool in particular welcomed by the thousands of Liverpool supporters who fly over each week for football matches.

Ireland West Airport Knock Managing Director Joe Gilmore said "We are delighted to be maintaining and growing our extensive network of UK and European destinations for the coming winter season despite the difficult economic climate in both the UK and Ireland. Our airline partners Aer Lingus, Aer LIngus Regional, Flybe and Ryanair recognize the demand that exists in this region for air services to the UK and Europe and we thank our loyal customers who use us from the likes of Mayo, Galway, Donegal and counties in our extended catchment such as Tipperary and Westmeath and many more who continue to support the airport and we will continue to strive to maintain essential air access and add additional services to popular European destinations in the future ".

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Aer Lingus Regional-Birmingham.
Flybe-Edinburgh & Manchester.
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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Delta Airlines confirms Shannon-New York JFK route for summer 2013 ©

Delta Airlines has confirmed its re-launching its seasonal Shannon-New York JFK route from 11th May 2013 operating daily using a Boeing 757-200 with a 170 seats operating from Terminal Four in New York JFK in association with Delta Airlines Transatlantic Joint-venture partner Air France-KLM.

The additional of the route adds 2,300 seats per week to the United States from Shannon, and follows recent announcements by United Airlines and US Airways. The airline has carried over 1.6 million passengers in the twenty six years serving Shannon Airport.

Delta Airlines Senior VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa Perry Cantarutti said “Shannon has long been a favorite destination for US holidaymakers and it makes sense to operate our service when customers most want to visit – during the summer months. Operating routes on a seasonal basis is a proactive and successful measure we have taken to protect our revenues by matching capacity to demand. We look forward to flying thousands of US tourists to the west coast of Ireland next summer, boosting the local economy.”

Shannon Airport Senior Manager-Aviation Business Development Declan Power said  “Following a very successful operation through Shannon this year we are very happy that Delta Air Lines will continue to serve Shannon during 2013. The support that the airline receives here in the Irish market as well delivering business and tourism visitors from the USA to the West of Ireland has ensured that the route has remained viable and profitable for the airline. Delta is the longest serving US carrier at Shannon and we will continue to work with the airline with a view to expanding its operations further over the coming years.”

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US Airways welcomes back Shannon-Philadelphia route ©

US Airways announced after an absence of four years its resuming the seasonal Shannon-Philadelphia route operating daily with a two class Boeing 757-200 from 22nd May to 3rd September, generating an additional 30,000 passengers through the airport, passengers will clear US CBP at Shannon enabling speedy access on arrival in the US for all passengers and those making connecting flights in US Airways Philadelphia hub.

In the seven years from 2003 to 2009 US Airways carried over 320,000 passengers through Shannon Airport on the Philadelphia route.

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said "is is a great boost for Shannon as it adds another new transatlantic service for 2013.  We are really pleased also to be welcoming US Airways back to Shannon and look forward to helping them build a strong base of business and leisure travellers to and from Philadelphia, as well as cities that they serve beyond the gateway".

US Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Planning Andrew Nocella said "As a popular destination in Europe, US Airways is thrilled to return to Shannon with seasonal service from our international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport. Beginning next spring, our customers will again have non-stop access to both coasts of Ireland. Customers can begin their trip with the Cliffs of Moher outside of Shannon and end it with seeing all that Ireland has to offer".


AWE/US776 Departs Philadelphia 2105 arrives Shannon Airport 0840
AWE/US777 Departs Shannon Airport 1135 arrives Philadelphia 1405

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Ryanair Announces German Expansion ©

Ryanair announced significant expansion of its German route network launching a string of new routes from Cologne, Leipzig and Nuremberg, weeks after adding Dortmund its network as the carrier continues to strategically launch new routes, created by on-going airline consolidation create new opportunities.

The airline announced expansion of its Cologne route network, launching two new routes to  Faro and Malaga commencing 24th March 2013 operating four times weekly carrying 340,000 passengers per annum, adding to existing routes to Girona and Palma. In summer 2013 Ryanair will operate a total of 24 weekly flights.

At Leipzig/Halle its launching two new routes to Faro and Pisa Florence commencing in April 2013 delivering 200,000 passengers per annum.

Nuremberg becomes the latest airport to be added to its network with six new routes to commence in March 2013 to Alicante, Cagliari, London Stansted, Malaga, Pisa Florence and Porto operating 20 weekly flights which could deliver 280,000 passengers per annum.

Nuremberg Airport CEO, Karl-Heinz Kruger said  “We are delighted to be extending our existing portfolio of scheduled flights and attractive tourist destinations with this new addition of Ryanair flights.”

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is delighted to announce 6 new Nuremberg routes to/from Alicante, Cagliari, London, Malaga, Pisa and Porto beginning in March 2013. Ryanair’s 280,000 passengers p.a. will sustain up to 280 “on-site” jobs at Nuremberg Airport".

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Irish Commercial Aviation October Traffic bounces back ©

Irish commercial aviation October traffic had a positive trajectory as the Dublin Airport Authority and Irish Aviation Authority reported a strong October performance in very challenging market conditions.

The Dublin Airport Authority announced Dublin Airport handled 1.7 million in October, a 10% increase on the same month last year ,with all market segments reporting positive traffic growth. Firstly traffic to and from continental Europe increased by 13% with more than 910,000 people travelling to European destinations during the month, traffic on domestic services increased by 8% with more than 5,000 people travelling on domestic routes during October.

Transatlantic volumes were up by 10% with more than 142,000 passengers travelling to and from North America during the month.Other international passenger traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East, increased by  79% with just under 39,000 passengers travelling this route sector in October.UK traffic recorded a 4% increase with more than 605,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain in October

In the first ten months of 2012, just 16.5 million passengers traveled through Dublin Airport an increase of 1% versus 2011.

Irish Aviation Authority Air traffic figures for October 2012 indicate that total flights in Irish airspace have increased by 0.50%, when compared to October 2011. There was an average of 1,450 daily flights during October 2012, with the busiest day being 19th October with 1,685 flights in Irish airspace.

In relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports increased significantly by +6.9% in October 2012, when compared to October 2011. This growth in international arrivals and departures was largely driven by traffic increases in Dublin and Cork.
This is the third month in a row that the IAA has observed continued growth in this sector of traffic, which is primarily being driven by a significant rise in international arrivals and departures at Dublin Airport.

Commercial terminal flights at the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport:  + 1.5%, with an average of 60 daily movements;
Dublin Airport:  + 10.5%, with an average of 470 daily movements;
Shannon Airport:  -12.9%, with an average of 50 daily movements.

There was a decrease of 2.50% in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements (flights which pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during October 2012, in comparison to October 2011. Similarly, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe / North America) saw a decrease of 3.54% in October 2012, when compared to October 2011.

On a cumulative basis, the growth in en-route traffic movements and North Atlantic Communications flights for January to October 2012, compared to the same period last year, was +0.20% and -0.72%, respectively.

The growth in Irish air traffic goes against prevailing European trend. Eurocontrol noted in their September analysis that traffic growth in 2012 has been marked by economic weakness in the Eurozone and increasingly elsewhere.

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Aer Lingus Launches new Recruitment Website ©

Aer Lingus has launched a new innovate Recruitment Website to act a single source where applicants can learn about career opportunities in Aer Lingus, also search and apply for current vacancies online. The site enables applicants to register their detail so that they may be considered for positions that arise in the future.

The website contains a very useful information on the airline with video testimonials from employees from business units in the airline, enabling prospective applicants a real insight into the everyday activity of the airline.

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Eurocopter International Services (EIS) deploy first two Irish Technical Field Representatives

Eurocopter International Services (EIS) based in the IFSC Dublin was created in 2010,  a 100% owned subsidiary of Eurocopter and the EADS Group, provides both technical assistance and technical field assistance and consulting services (SMS and QMS).

EIS Field Assistance

Eurocopter International Services Ltd is dedicated to the recruiting, training and management of qualified personnel deployed worldwide on long term missions. EIS’s technical team provides flexible solutions to Eurocopter Customers where adaptability to demand and speed of response are essential. We have over 120 technicians, pilots and logistics field representatives across more than 26 countries. We recently recruited our first two Irish technical representatives and they are now deployed in the field supporting Eurocopter products.

Michel Orsi Head of Field representatives said "EIS are delighted to have their first two Irish Technicians now in the field supporting Eurocopter products and hopes there will be more to follow. It is a great opportunity for a technician to travel the world supporting our products".

Eurocopter International Services Consulting is mandated with a customer-focused ethic. Our flexible approach, and ability to react quickly to new requirements, means that we are valued by our customers.

Headed up by Mark Fitzgerald the consulting division works closely with its customers enabling it to gain awareness of their ever-changing needs in the areas of regulation, safety, quality management, operations, maintenance, training and costs. It is with this approach and focus we believe that EIS Consulting will provide added value in a safer environment.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Irish Airlines Report October Traffic ©

Aer Lingus announced it carried 962,000 passengers in October up 0.9%, in the long-haul segment carrying 86,000 passengers up 10.3% with a load factor of 83% up 8.3% on a 0.7% reduction in Available seat kilometres, in the short-haul segment it carried 787,000 passengers down 2.7% with a load factor of 77.4% down 1.4% on a 3.4% reduction in Available seat kilometres.

Aer Lingus Regional carried 89,000 passengers up 34.9% and year to date has carried 841,000 passengers up 33.7%.

Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was higher on short-haul routes (77.4% v 75.8%) and lower on North Atlantic routes (83.0% v. 86.0%). AEA short-haul traffic (RPK) was up 6.1% and North Atlantic up 1.7%.


Ryanair announced it carried 7.54 million passengers in October up 4.4% carrying an 273,000 passengers up on October last year, with a load factor of 82% down 2% and in the rolling 12 months to the end of October it carried 79.3 million passengers.

A number of Ryanair Boeing 737-800s made their first flights in October : EI-EVX Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40317  11th October, EI-EVZ Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40316, EI-EXD Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40320, EI-EXE Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40321.

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

SAS Airlines increases capacity on Dublin-Oslo route ©

SAS Airlines announced its increasing capacity on the Dublin-Oslo route for Summer 2013 by 50%, as the service goes from four times to six times weekly. SAS Airlines Ireland Country Manager said "The increased frequency was based on the specific demand we see for increased leisure travel between Ireland and Norway. SAS will continue to look for further growth opportunities between Ireland and Scandinavia".

SAS Airlines has added capacity to the Irish market in the last year, increasing capacity on the Copenhagen route by 5% and Stockholm route by 9%, the airline has been serving Ireland for 46 years and operates to Copenhagen double daily and Oslo four times weekly and Stockholm daily from Dublin Airport Terminal 1.

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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Emirates Airlines 50th Boeing 777-300ER Visits Dublin Airport ©

Emirates Airlines achieved a milestone on the Dubai-Dublin route this morning as A6-EBF Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 32708 operating UAE161/2, is the first visit of the aircraft and 50th Boeing 777-300ER to visit since the 1st of May.  The airline has carried over 160,000 passengers on and more than 6,000 tonnes of cargo on the route, with high on-time performance and reliability without a single cancellation or delay.

Emirates Executive Vice-President of Engineering and Operations Adel al Redha said on the delivery of its 78th 777 "As the world's largest 777 operator and the only airline in the world to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family, including the 777 Freighter, our Boeings provide reliability, performance and the operating economics Emirates requires to support our ambitious and strategic growth plans."

Emirates Airlines operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2 and has the largest Boeing 777 fleet in the world with 118 Boeing aircraft now in operation with a further 83 on order.

Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-31H(ER) 2012 Deliveries

A6-EGM Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41073 Delivered 24/01
A6-EGN Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41074  Delivered 29/02
A6-EGO Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 35598 Delivered 20/03 1,000th 7777 titles on rear fuselage.
A6-EGP Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 35599 Delivered 08/05
A6-EGQ Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41076 Delivered 17/05
A6-EGR Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41077 Delivered 30/05
A6-EGS Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41078 Delivered 11/06
A6-EGT Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 35600 Delivered 29/06
A6-EGU Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41079 Delivered 13/07
A6-EGV Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 38990 Delivered 31/07
A6-EGW Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 35601 Delivered 10/08
A6-EGX Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 35602 Delivered 31/08
A6-EGY Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41080 Delivered 05/09
A6-EGZ Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41081 Delivered 01/10
A6-ENA Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 41082 Delivered 16/10

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