Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Ryanair Announces new Dublin to Lublin route ©

Ryanair has announced that it is to launch a new route from Dublin to Lublin from 18th December operating twice weekly, becoming the second Polish route to be added from Dublin this year following the launch of Warsaw Modlin 16th July.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is pleased to announce that our first route between Dublin and Lublin Airport will open on 18th December next, which will be the 11th airport in Poland that Ryanair will operate at ".

Lublin Airport CEO Grzegorz Muszynski said "This is a dream come true and we are delighted that Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low cost carrier, has started to operate at Lublin Airport. We believe this is an important step for further co-operation, which will benefit to our region and our citizens, who can now fly to Dublin with Ryanair.”

Lublin is the ninth largest city in Poland in the Voivodeshop Province with a population of 350,392 and is suited 170 km from Warsaw and 70 km from the Ukraine border.

Lublin Airport 13km from Lublin city originally opened in 1926 and was used by the German and Soviet Air Force in WWII later becoming home to WSK PZL-Swidnik SA whom manufactured aircraft and helicopters.

A new 2520 meter long runway with a terminal capacity of 1.1 million passengers capable of handling four Airbus A320/Boeing 737-800 aircraft is currently under construction. The airport will be connected to the national railway network with a 2.2 km spur line and to Expressway S17 Motorway network next year.

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A New Era for Aer Lingus as Etihad Airways Partnership goes live ©

Image: Etihad Airways 
Yesterday the Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways interline and code-share arrangement went live on following the signing of the partnership on 30th July.

The first phase of the arrangement is now available for sale on the airline’s website with a choice of destinations including Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and Bahrain. The second phase is expected to be launched in the near future offering customers a greater choice of destinations across the Etihad network to points including Australia, Asia-Pacific, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.

In addition, Etihad will cooperate with Aer Lingus on services to a total of 18 destinations, including Dublin to New York, Boston, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Lisbon.
Etihad and Aer Lingus continue to discuss additional commercial and cost opportunities to develop a closer working relationship in areas such as joint procurement.

 The Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said, “Today marks a significant milestone in our development. The partnership with Etihad will give our customers greater access to the Middle East and beyond, with the added benefit of a seamless booking experience. We are excited by the potential of the partnership and look forward to extending our offering in the near future."

Aer Lingus has set up a dedicated page outling the partnership agreement with Etihad Airways.

Eithad Airways operates Abu Dhabi-Dublin ten times weekly using Airbus A330-200s from Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.

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