Thursday, 31 January 2013

Swiss International Airlines increases Dublin route capacity ©


                                                     
Swiss International Airlines is increasing capacity on its Zurich to Dublin route for Summer 2013 upgrading the daily service SWR400/1 from Airbus A320 to Airbus A321 capacity from 30th March, in addition for season peak is adding two additional weekend flights on Saturdays and Sundays from 6th July till 24th August with Airbus A320 equipment.

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Swiss International Airlines a member of the Star Alliance , a wholly owned Lufthansa company represents Swiss International Airlines in Ireland ,operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 1.

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Ryanair increases Ireland West Airport Knock-London Stansted frequency ©


                                                   
Ryanair announced its increasing frequency on the London Stansted to Ireland West Airport Knock route from daily to nine times weekly with extra flights on Friday and Sundays evenings from 26th April till 25th October which will be a welcome boost for business and commuters on the route.

Ireland West Airport Knock said on Twitter the increased frequency will add an additional 9,000 seats between London & the West of Ireland this summer, a weclome boost for The Gathering 2013.

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Ireland West Airport Knock Marketing Manager Donal Healy said "We are delighted Ryanair have responded to passenger demand from both the region and the UK by introducing new additional evening services to and from London Stansted.

We are seeing increasing numbers, using in particular, our London services for commuting and work purposes in the UK and have had many requests for a later evening service from London to allow for extended weekends with their families.

Likewise these new services will be a boost for businesses in the region with the early morning Stansted departure and new evening departure facilitating a day return for those looking to do business in London and indeed the West and North West of Ireland. "


The carrier will operate a total of 16 weekly flights from Ireland West Knock Airport to London for Summer 2013 operating London Luton daily and London Stansted nine times weekly, this brings in total over 30,000 new seats between London and the West of Ireland in 2013.

                                         

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Flybe Announces new year-round Shannon-Glasgow route ©

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The newly independent Shannon Airport entity announced its first new route with Flybe to launch of a new year-round Glasgow to Shannon route operating three times weekly from 1st May on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays using DHC8-400s which is expected to be particularly popular generating two way two demand with The Gathering and Glasgow's Irish connection, built around Glasgow Celtic Football Club.

The new route will generate 10,000 additional passengers through Shannon Airport in 2013. The service is a welcome return to Shannon for Flybe , which last operated a very successful route at the airport to Birmingham between 1999 and 2005.

Flybe Director of Marketing Simon Lilley said "Flybe is committed to developing further its route network out of Glasgow. We have every confidence that this additional new service will prove successful in offering an attractive and affordable way for travellers to access this growing business and leisure destination that is widely regarded as the West of Ireland’s premier gateway.

Our new service to Shannon will further complement our already extensive schedule to and from Glasgow Airport that now features a total of nine routes and a total choice of up to 312 flights each week. We look forward to welcoming our first passengers on board in May and would advise people to book early to take advantage of the lowest possible fares. "

Shannon Airport Managing Director Mary Considine said "The Glasgow route was last operated in October 2011 and we are delighted to restore links to once again, not least with a strong marketing programme in place to ensure the service is a success.   This new service now means we have access to Scotland’s two premier destinations, with the Glasgow flights in addition to our existing Edinburgh service.

This is a really good start to the year, coming so soon after Shannon’s independence was delivered on January 1st.  Together with new routes commencing this year to Chicago, Philadelphia and Faro, we are already on a strong growth path for 2013. "

                                                 

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Ryanair announces 3 new routes from Kaunas and opens new maintenance base ©


                                                     
Ryanair has announced for Summer 2013 its operating a total of 18 routes from Kaunas including three new routes to Cagliari three times weekly from 2nd April, and Kos and Oslo Rygge operating twice weekly from 1st May operating 94 weekly flights delivering a total of 600,000 passengers per annum.

The carrier invested €1.5 million in an new maintenance base in Kaunas for  C Checks on its Boeing 737-800 fleet and technical support employing 40 staff.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "The airline is pleased to announce three new destinations from Kaunas, which will serve more than 600 thousand. Kaunas airport passengers, creating more than 600 jobs, thereby contributing to the development of tourism in Lithuania.

Airlines in the first C-type inspections of aircraft maintenance and base maintenance hangar at the airport in Kaunas created 40 new jobs. "

Ryanair's CEO Michael said the carrier planed to grow in Lithuania in Kaunas and Vilnius airports growing passenger numbers by 10% to 1.3 million passenger and over the next five years to 2.5 million passengers.

The Kaunas Base became its 40th European in May 2010 with two Boeing 737-800s operating 19 routes including Dublin three times weekly increasing to four times weekly from 15th March for the Summer season.

                                     

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Ryanair announces new Nîmes-Fez route ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced for Summer 2013 it will operate four routes from Nîmes including a new route to Fez operating twice weekly from 26th April on Mondays and Fridays, the carrier expects to deliver 200,000 passengers to Nîmes in 2013.

The airline has been serving Nimes for thirteen years and last year delivered 181,542 passengers.

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Manager France & Belgium Jonathan Brisy said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its summer 2013 in Nîmes, with one new line to / from its new base of Fez which will operate from April 2013 to week two flights on Mondays and Fridays. All lines Ryanair will accommodate 200,000 passengers in 2013, and maintain 200 jobs * Nimes, underlining the commitment of Ryanair for tourism development in the region. "

Ryanair operates from Nimes to Brussles Charleroi, Fez, Liverpool and London Luton.

Nîmes is the capital of the Gard department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France. Nîmes has a rich history, dating back to the Roman Empire, and is a popular tourist destination.

                                     

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Ryanair reports Q3 profit up 21% to €18 million ©

                                                     
Ryanair announced Q3 profits of €18 million up 21% on revenues of €969 million up 15%, despite an 24% increase in fuel costs to €81 million increase, carrying 17.3 million passengers up 3% it's average fares improved by 8% and ancillary revenue grew by 21% to €220.1 million far exceeding passenger growth.

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said "Our Q3 profit of €18m was ahead of expectations due to strong pre-Christmas bookings at higher yields.  The 8% rise in avg. fares reflects our improved customer service, record punctuality and the successful roll out of our reserved seating service.  Our fuel costs rose €81m, (+24%), slightly less than expected as oil prices increased 22% (from $84pbl) to $102pbl.

Excluding fuel, Q3 unit costs rose 4% due to excessive increases in Italian ATC costs, Spanish airport charges, and the strength of Sterling to the Euro.  Ancillary revenue performed strongly and rose 24% to approx €13 per pax."

The carrier remains well placed to take further advantage of opportunities presented by on-going consolidation in Europe stating "Significant capacity cuts by Legacy and other struggling EU carriers continue to offer us substantial growth opportunities across Europe, We expect further capacity cuts and restructurings in Europe as high fare, loss making carriers struggle to compete with Ryanair’s expansion at low prices. These trends will create more growth opportunities for Ryanair to grow profitably to 120m passengers over the next decade. "

The carrier continues to grow its cost/pricing differential stating "Ryanair’s ex fuel passenger cost of €27 (ytd) is lower than any carrier in Europe.  Our average fare of €50 is (by some distance) lower than any other EU carrier. The combination of Ryanair’s industry leading costs and customer service, strong cash flows and balance sheet, gives Ryanair a unique platform to deliver its next decade of growth as we target a 20% share of the EU short-haul market by growing to over 120m pax p.a. ".

Looking ahead to Q4 it expects traffic will drop by approx.400,000 passengers (-3%)below last year’s Q4, due to the parking of up to 80 aircraft which limits the impact of high oil prices, high airport fees at Stansted and Dublin, and seasonally weaker Q4 demand.

The carrier has raised its Full Year guidance expecting full year profits to exceed it's previous guidance of €490m to €520m and rise close to €540m, a 7% increase on last year’s profits despite a 19% increase in fuel costs.

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Minoan Air to commence Oxford-Dublin route ©

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Minoan Air has announced its to commence the Oxford-Dublin on 6th March 2013 using Fokker 50s operating three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays prior to increasing to double daily Monday to Friday from 10th May.

Minoan Air Chief Commercial Officer Marcos Caramalengos said "We were keen to expand our operations into the UK market place and our research identified London Oxford Airport as the ideal location to inaugurate these services, offering great traffic potential.  We are confident passengers will enjoy our service offering and we are already considering the possibility of introducing further routes from Oxford. "

London Oxford Airport MD Andi Pargeter said "We are delighted to welcome these new Minoan Air scheduled services to two key destinations, which will suit leisure and business travelers alike.  London Oxford Airport boasts first-class facilities and our strategic location with no other commercial airports within an hour in all directions, makes Oxford the ideal location from which Minoan Air can expand its route network. "

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Oxford lies just 40 miles to the north-west of the Greater London area, halfway to the UK’s industrial heartland of the Midlands. Oxford has a diverse economic base. Its industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses. The city is known worldwide as a university town and home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the country .

Minoan Air operates a fleet of 4 Fokker 50 aircraft and plans to add two additional aircraft to the fleet in 2013. The carrier will base a single Fokker 50 in Oxford Airport increasing to two from 10th May.

                                                     

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Ryanair celebrates 10 years in Tours announces new Marrakech route ©


                                                     
Ryanair celebrated it's 10th anniversary in Tours announcing for Summer 2013 it will operate six routes including a new route to Marrakech operating twice weekly from 26th April delivering a minimum of 15,000 additional passengers for the summer and in total a 170,000 passengers.

In 2012 the airline carried 155,540 passengers from Tours up 12%.

Ryanair Jonathan Brisy said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its summer 2013 in Tours, with one new line to / from its new base in Marrakech which will operate from April 2013 to week two flights on Mondays and Fridays. All lines Ryanair will accommodate 170,000 passengers in 2013, and maintain 170 jobs * Tours, underlining the commitment of Ryanair for tourism development in the Centre region".

The airline operates from Tours to Dublin, London Stansted, Manchester, Marrakech, Marseille and Porto. The Dublin  route re-commences on 15th March operating twice weekly on Monday and Fridays.

The town of Tours is in the Indre-et-Loire department of the Centre region (the Loire Valley), and it is the largest town in the region. A busy, thriving town Tours is also only an hour to the south-west of Paris. The main attraction in Tours, and the best place to start your visit, is in and around Place Plumereau where the old town (vieille ville or 'le Vieux Tours') is found. Place Plumereau is also a great place to sit at one of the cafes and enjoy people-watching.

                                         

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IATA World Passenger Symposium (WPS) Dublin 2013


                                                     
Date:  October 29 - October 31, 2013
Location: The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), Dublin, Ireland

After just two years since its creation, the World Passenger Symposium (WPS) has become a premier “must attend” event that has garnered tremendous recognition in the aviation industry.

The 2012 event attracted an impressive 650-plus delegates who reported a satisfaction rate of 94% – and we’re confident that the 2013 event will prove just as successful.

Now we are delighted to announce that the 2013 WPS will take place from October 29-31 in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Aer Lingus, and sponsored by Dublin Airport Authority and Fáilte Ireland.

The Symposium takes place as part of “The Gathering Ireland 2013” – a series of events and festivals to celebrate everything that is unique and great about Ireland – including aviation, of course.

Save the date and stay tuned for more information. Registration will open in March.

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Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said "This sends out a clear message that Ireland is a good place for international organisations to do business. Fáilte Ireland has been working hard to promote Ireland as a conference venue. I want to thank Fáilte, along with the Irish Aviation Leadership Group led by Brian Stapleton, for their work in helping to secure the conference".

The Irish Aviation Leadership Group (IALG) has been to the forefront in bringing this world class event to Dublin in Oct 2013. With the support of the Irish Government and sponsors such as Aer Lingus, DAA & Failte Ireland we have made this event happen.

Please support this event and showcase the very best of what Irish companies & Irish leaders can contribute to the development of strategy, policy & standards for airline passengers going forward.

Any information required please contact Brian Stapleton.

                                                   


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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Ryanair adds Catania to route network ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced its adding Catania to its route network with the introduction of a new double daily service from Milan Bergamo in Summer 2013 commencing on 4th April operating 28 weekly flights delivering 150,000 passengers per annum.

Ryanair Spokesman Matthew Papaluca said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its program from Catania in the summer 2013, with the first route to / from Milan (Orio al Serio) from April 2013, which will help to carry 150,000 passengers per year and will support 150 * posts work "in-place" at the airport of Catania, underlining the commitment and the importance of Ryanair for tourism in Sicily. "

Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse. It is the capital of the homonymous province, and is the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy.

                                       

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Cityjet announces new Dublin-Brest route ©


                                                     
Cityjet announced its launching a new route from Dublin to Brest operating weekly on Saturdays from 29th June to 31st August using RJ85 aircraft with seating capacity of 95 becoming the third Cityjet route from Dublin in addition to existing services to London City and Paris CDG.

Cityjet CEO Christine Ourmières said "Brest is a popular summer destination, so we are delighted to be able to offer Dublin based passengers’ direct access to the heart of this stunning region - one of France’s best-loved destinations. Our service from Dublin offers a convenient schedule for families enjoying longer summer holidays during the school break period or those visiting their second home in Brittany. "

Brest is a charming city located on the western tip of Brittany, nestled in one of France’s most beautiful natural harbours. Visitors can enjoy picturesque walks through lively quays and sample the very best in fresh seafood. Brest is also home to Oceanopolis – the only ocean discovery center of its kind in Europe. This impressive center features three different climatic zones giving many opportunities for hands-on experience of marine life and sea creatures!

Brittany is a large peninsula bordered by the English Channel and the Atlantic. Its natural attractions include long sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, an abundance of wildlife and attractive landscapes. This is complimented by excellent holiday facilities for visitors, including many exciting seaside sports.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Ryanair announces expansion at Italian Bases ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced significant expansion at its Milan Bergamo, Pisa Florence and Rome Ciampino bases for Summer 2013 launching 12 new routes, as the carrier plans to grow by 10% in Italy this year to 24 million passengers.

In Milan Bergamo it will operate a total of 80 routes including four new routes to Catania, Ireland West Knock Airport, Kalamata and Malta with almost 1,000 weekly flights delivering 7 million passengers per annum.

In Pisa Florence it will operate a total of 49 routes including four new routes to Leipzig, Nuremberg, Targu Mures and Warsaw with 490 weekly flights delivering 2.7 million passengers per annum.

In Rome Ciampino it will operate 49 routes including four new routes to Bremen, Cuneo, Corfu and Fez with 490 weekly flights operating a total of 50 routes for the Summer delivering 4.2 million passengers per annum and has deferred the launch of five new routes to North Africa due to the lack of available slots.

The carrier has re-instated seasonal routes from Milan Bergamo to Cork Airport and Ireland West Knock Airport operating twice weekly from 29th March and 31st March, also has dropped the Pisa Florence to Cork route operated in Summer 2012.

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Etihad Airways increases capacity on Dublin route ©

                                                        
Etihad Airways has announced an increase in capacity on its Abu Dhabi to Dublin route deploying a Boeing 777-300ER on the route six times weekly from 2nd July 2013, increasing capacity on the route by 34%.

The Boeing 777-300ER is configured to carry 412 passengers, with 28 seats in Pearl Business Class and 384 in Coral Economy Class operating EY045/2 six times weekly.

The increase will provide an additional 900 seats each week compared to the current schedule, with an extra 36 in the award winning Pearl Business class and 864 in Coral Economy. An Airbus A330-200 will continue to operate on the four remaining flights.

The increase in capacity is a reflection of the strong demand from Irish customers for the route to Abu Dhabi and allows travellers to connect with Etihad Airways global network with Australia, Thailand and India as some of the most popular onward destinations.

Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan said "Dublin is one of our most successful routes and this increase in capacity is indicative of the confidence we have that demand, especially in the premium cabin, will continue to grow.

Etihad Airways carried more than 215,000 passengers between Abu Dhabi and Dublin in 2012, with the route once again in the airline’s top 10 most popular.

Ireland is an important market and country for Etihad Airways and this can be seen in our investments which include our line maintenance facility at Dublin Airport, the opening of a premium lounge at Terminal 2 in 2011, as well as cultural partnerships with the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, and The Gathering Ireland 2013.”

The airline is involved with a number of activities during The Gathering Ireland 2013, which includes bringing teams from the Arabian Gulf, Asia and Australia to Ireland in September to take part in the International Hurling Festival.

Etihad Airways launched its services to Ireland in July 2007 with an initial four flights per week, increasing to six and then moving to a daily service in March 2008. This was further increased to the current service of 10 flights per week in March 2010 operating from Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.

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Monday, 21 January 2013

Ryanair increases Ireland West Knock to London Luton to daily service ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced its increasing frequency on its London Luton to Ireland West Airport Knock route from five times weekly to a daily service with immediate effect operating all year round adding an extra 24,000 seats on the route, the carrier has been serving the route since 30th October 2005. The route is operated a Luton based aircraft.

The expanded scheduled on the route is a welcome boost for The Gathering 2013 as their is a large Mayo Community in the London Luton borough, the announcement comes weeks after the carrier launched a new weekly service to Malaga commencing 4th April.

                                       

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Bombardier Aerospace reports healthy order backlog ©

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Bombardier Aerospace announced it delivered 233 aircraft during the 2012 calendar year, compared to 245 aircraft deliveries in the previous fiscal year, the 11-month period ended December 31, 2011 receiving orders for 481 aircraft, net of cancellations, compared to 249 orders, net of cancellations, for the previous year.

In the Business aircraft segment it delivered 179 aircraft, compared to 163 for the previous 11-month fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and received net orders for 343 aircraft versus 191 for the previous fiscal year.

In the Commercial aircraft segment it delivered 50  aircraft, compared to 78 for the previous 11-month fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and received net orders for 138 net orders for aircraft compared to 54 for the previous fiscal year.

Bombardier Aerospace President and Chief Operating Officer Guy C. Hachey said "2012 was a year of focus on execution, and our employees demonstrated their resilience and commitment by rallying through a challenging economic environment to meet our delivery targets.

A number of our existing customers reaffirmed their confidence in Bombardier aircraft in 2012 with fleet growth and fleet replenishment orders, and we proudly welcomed new customers from emerging and traditional markets.

We are the market leaders in business aircraft, and the restructuring of our commercial aircraft sales organization is yielding results. Overall, we are seeing positive momentum across our entire product portfolio."

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Aer Lingus launches the first ever International Hurling Festival ©


                                                     
Aer Lingus will host the first ever International Hurling Festival, in association with The Gathering, and supported by the GAA and partner Etihad Airways. The qualifying games will take place in regional towns around Galway from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st September 2013 with the finals being staged at Pearse Stadium.

A number of lively traditional music and dance events are also planned to take place in venues around the “City of the Tribes” throughout the festival, supported by Galway GAA and Galway Hurling Supporters Club.

Aer Lingus is inviting teams from all over the world to compete in this unique International Hurling Festival. Together with our partner airline, Etihad Airways, we will bring teams from New York, San Francisco, Canada, Asia, the UK, Continental Europe, the Gulf and Australia. Aer Lingus and the GAA are also using the tournament as an opportunity to promote the game of hurling in developing regions by including teams such as Buenos Aires, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and a Europe team made up of non-Irish nationals.

Aer Lingus Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Grealy said  "We are very excited to bring this one of its kind hurling festival to Ireland, in the year of The Gathering. We have already seen a huge response to the event and are confident that the Aer Lingus hurling festival will help to foster an interest in one of our most loved national sports. The game of hurling is uniquely Irish, like Aer Lingus, and is a source of enormous pride to the Irish all around the World. We look forward to welcoming many friends and visitors home to Ireland for what promises to be an exciting year. "

Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said "As proud sponsor of the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship and official airline to the GAA, we are delighted to support the International Hurling Festival. The festival will bring teams from the Arabian Gulf, Asia and Australia to Ireland, the home of Gaelic sports, and we are very proud to play such a key role in making the event a huge success. We wish best of luck to all the teams that take part ".

                                                       

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Ryanair announces 3 new routes from Brussels South Charleroi ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced the launch of three new routes from Brussels South Charleroi Airport as part of its Brussels Charleroi Summer 2013 schedule to Essaouira twice weekly from 5h May and Rabat three times weekly (Morocco) from 2nd May, and Targu Mures (Romania) in 2013 twice weekly from 30th April.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) CEO Jean-Jacques Cloquet said "We are delighted to see all airlines present at BSCA adding new routes for the upcoming summer season. The three new destinations that Ryanair is adding this summer are promising for the airport since Morocco is already the third most important country for us in terms of passenger numbers and therefore clearly in demand. Romania is now becoming more accessible as a touristic destination and we expect the route to generate quite some VFR traffic into Belgium and its surrounding areas. "  

Ryanair’s Jonathan Brisy said "Ryanair is pleased to announce 3 new Brussels Charleroi routes to/from Essaouira and Rabat (Morocco) and Transylvania Targu Mures (Romania) from April 2013, as part of our Brussels summer 2013 schedule, with 78 routes."

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) handled 6.5 million passengers in 2012 up 10% the airport is being conserative with traffic forecast for this year not expecting an significant increase, although Jetairfly, Ryanair and Wizzair will add new routes.

                                           

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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Iberia Express expands Dublin route capacity ©


                                                     
Iberia Express is expanding capacity on the Madrid-Dublin route for Summer 2013 adding five extra return flights per week in July, which means it will have a double daily service throughout the month, and for the month of August will increase its frequency from 9 flights per week to 10 flights per week. It began operations on the Dublin-Madrid route, which was one of its first six international destinations, in June 2012.

Iberia Express, subsidiary of Iberia and Oneworld Alliance member, operates short and medium-haul routes from Madrid Barajas Airport using a fleet of 14  Airbus A320s, providing direct traffic and feeds Iberia's long-haul network, offering all the services of Iberia Airlines operating 13 domestic destinations and 5 European routes (Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, the latter until January 2013).

The airline carried 2.2 million passengers in 2012 operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 1 code-sharing with Oneworld Alliance carrier American Airlines.
 
                                         

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British Airways Expands Summer Dublin-London Heathrow frequency ©


                                                   
British Airways has announced in response to increased customer demand its maintaining its winter frequency on Dublin London Heathrow for the Summer season bringing an extra three daily flights on the route, following the introduction of winter schedule on 28th October the airline increased frequency from four to eight times daily.

British Airways Ireland Manager Simon Daly said "By maintaining the current winter timetable, this increased capacity allows us to bring destinations on the world map closer to Ireland - providing both business and leisure travellers with a greater choice of connections to our extensive global network offering at London Heathrow ".

DAA Strategy Director Vincent Harrison said "We have worked very closely with British Airways since last summer, when the acquisition of bmi brought them back onto the Dublin-Heathrow route. Dublin-London is Europe's busiest international city route and this welcome announcement  will offer both business and leisure passengers additional choice and convenience when travelling between the two capital cities."

The route is operated by a 150-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering the choice of both Club Europe and Club Traveller cabins and passengers can enjoy a full on-board experience with complimentary food and drinks.

The Dublin to London Heathrow is Europe's busiest international city pair with 3.7 million passengers travelling between the two in 2011.

                                       

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Ryanair announces two new routes from Cuneo ©


                                                   
Ryanair today announced its Summer 2013 program at Cuneo operating five routes up 67% including two routes to Marrakech twice weekly from 23rd April and Rome Ciampino four times weekly from 31st March operating 26 weekly flights delivering 170,000 passengers per annum.

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Executive Eleanor O'Connor said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its program from Cuneo for summer 2013, with 5 destinations, including the new route to / from Rome (Ciampino) from from 31 March and from / to Marrakech from 23 April 2013. These two new destinations will deliver to / from Cuneo 170,000 passengers per year, supporting 170 * jobs "in-place" at the airport, underlining the commitment and the importance of Ryanair for tourism in Piedmont".

Cuneo is a city and commune in Piedmont, Northern Italy, the capital of the province of Cuneo, the third largest of Italy’s provinces by area. It is located at the foot of the Maritime Alps, on the Stura di Demonte river where it emerges from the Valle Stura.

                                         

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Ryanair announces two new routes from Alghero ©


                                                     
Ryanair today announced its operating 24 routes from Alghero in Summer 2013 including two new routes to Dortmund x 2 weekly from 23rd March and Trieste x 3 weekly from 1st April on 166 weekly flights delivering 950,000 passengers per annum.

Ryanair Sales & Marketing manager (Croatia/Greece/Italy/Romania) Matthew Papaluca said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its program to Alghero for summer 2013, with 24 routes, including two new routes to / from Dortmund Trieste and from April 2013, which will deliver 950,000 passengers per year underlining the commitment and the importance of Ryanair for tourism in Sardinia".

Alghero in the province of Sassari in northwestern Sardinia has sun and year-round mild temperatures, is known as Italy’s little Barcelona, was founded in the XII century by the powerful Doria family in 1102 built around a fortified port.

                                   

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Ryanair announces two new routes from Târgu Mures ©


                                                     
Ryanair today announced a five year strategic partnership with Târgu Mures International Airport in Transylvania Romania, launching two new routes to Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Pisa Florence operating twice weekly from 30th April and 2nd May 2013 delivering 30,000 passengers per annum targeting both business and leisure traffic.

Targu Mures International Airport handled 300,000 passengers in 2012 and Wizzair announced its expanding its base by 35% for Summer 2013 to operate a total of 11 routes including three new routes and increased frequency on existing routes to carry 300,000 passengers per annum.

                                         

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Ryanair announces 3 new routes from Paris Beauvais ©


                                                     
Ryanair today announced launched its Summer 2013 from Paris Beauvais which will see the carrier operate a total 47 routes with 474 weekly flights including three new routes from Paris Beauvais to Carcassonne, Rabat (Morocco) and Zadar (Croatia) delivering 3.5 million passengers per annum. Beauvais is Ryanair's largest non-base airport with 47 routes which began back in May 1997 with the launch of the Dublin-Beauvais route which was of significance marking the carrier's intention to expand into mainland Europe.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary of Ryanair said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its summer 2013 in Paris Beauvais, with three new routes to / from Carcassonne, Rabat and Zadar will operate from April 2013, will accommodate 3.5 million passengers per year and maintain 3,500 jobs * on the site of the Paris Beauvais airport, underscoring the commitment of Ryanair for tourism development in Picardy and Paris. In just 15 years, Ryanair has carried over 22 million passengers to and from Paris".

Ryanair operates Dublin (Terminal 1) to Paris Beauvais nine times weekly increasing to twelve times weekly for Summer 2013 from 25th March 2013.

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Ryanair announces five new Marseille routes ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced it will operate a total of 37 routes from Marseille Mp2 in Summer 2013 up 12% operating 268 weekly flights up 9% including five new routes to including five new routes to Chania (Crete), East Midlands, Warsaw, Essaouira and Rabat (Morocco) delivering 1.7 million passengers this year. In 2011 the airline carried 1.6 million passengers from Marseille up 37%.

Ryanair has carried 7.5 million passengers from Marseilles since launching its first route from Glasgow Prestwick in April 2006 and operated a Dublin route since April 2006 on a seasonal basis operating in peak summer months in 2011 and 2012.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its summer 2013 in Marseilles, with 5 new routes to / from Chania, East Midlands, Essaouira, Rabat and Warsaw will operate from April 2013, will accommodate 1.7 million passengers per year * to maintain 1,700 jobs at the site of the airport of Marseille, highlighting the commitment of Ryanair for tourism development in and around Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture".

The French city of Marseille has recently been announced as a European Capital of Culture for 2013.
The cultural programme began in Marseille on 12th January and will continue throughout the rest of the year.

Marseille is France’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast and was chosen unanimously by the jury because its programme, as the chairman of the jury pointed out, presented “a particularly successful balance between cultural quality, political commitment and financial support”.

Marseille shares the honour of being chosen jointly with the Slovakian town of Kosice, which has also been chosen as a European Capital of Culture for 2013.

Marseille have an exciting and fun-filled programme lined up for their year in the spotlight including circuses, new galleries and venues, exhibitions, street entertainment, firework displays, open air concerts, street food, a new way marked long distance walk and lots more.

The Capital of Culture is Marseille Provence and includes an area stretching from Martigues to La Ciotat and including Arles, Aix, Aubagne and other communes in the area.

Upon arriving in Marseille city, the main place to go will be the Pavilion M, a building of wood and glass in the Place Bargemon (metro line 1 to Vieux Port then on foot towards the Hotel de Ville). The Pavilion will provide information on events, exhibitions, accommodation and transport.



                                   
                       

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Ryanair announces first non-EU bases in Fez and Marrakech ©


                                                     
Ryanair today announced its opening its first two non-EU bases in Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) Morocco in April 2013 with a total of 3 Boeing 737-800s as the carrier invests $210 million in Morocco  In addition it will add two new airports in Morocco to the route network at Essaouira and Rabat as it grows its operations in Morocco in 2013 to 60 routes and 8 airports, which will deliver up to 2.5 million passengers per annum.

The 56th Base in Fez will have a single Boeing 737-800 operating a total of 15 routes with four new routes to Lille, Nantes, Nimes & St Etienne delivering 600,000 passengers per annum.

The 57th Base in Marrakech will have two Boeing 737-800s operating a total of 22 routes with seven new routes to Baden, Bergerac, Cuneo (Italy), Dole (France), Munich, Paris (Vatry) & Tours.

The carrier will launch two new routes from Essaouira to Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Marseilles and from Rabat to Brussels South Charleroi Airport, Paris Beauvais and Marseilles.

Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco Dr. Lahcen Haddad said "The Moroccan tourism sector is very proud of the confidence Ryanair is showing in the capacity of the Moroccan destination to grow and develop to become a leading market in the Mediterranean region.

This long-term commitment, as shown in the implementation of two bases in Fez and Marrakesh, and the opening of two new destinations (Essaouira and Rabat), is the first stage of a comprehensive strategy aiming, for Ryanair, to build a profitable business based on the huge growth potential of Moroccan tourism, as planned within the framework of Vision 2020.

The Moroccan Ministry of tourism is convinced that an efficient growth strategy can only succeed if it takes into consideration the emergence of new tourism products, the need for an adequate air service as well as for an efficient marketing activity. Through MNTO, we will strengthen our marketing efforts in the main source markets at which Ryanair will increase its air services to Morocco.”

Ryanair's Spokesman Stephen McNamara said "Ryanair is delighted to announce our first 2 bases in Morocco at Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) and to launch 2 new Morocco airports at Essaouira and Rabat, with flights starting in April".

                                                 

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EIS Consulting support Starlite Aviation Ireland

Starlite Aviation Ireland, part of the Starlite Aviation Group have just received their Air Operators Certificate and EASA PART M Approval from the Irish Aviation Authority.

Head of Consulting Mark Fitzgerald said "The successful completion of the AOC and Part M application marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in the EIS and Starlite Aviation story. Providing Quality Management Services enables EIS to build on the already successful relationship between Eurocopter and the Starlite Aviation Group. To provide this and other support services to Starlite Aviation Ireland is an important step in providing the customer with a complete support package ".

Accountable Manager for Starlite Aviation Ireland Alan O’Neill said  "This marks the conclusion of a considerable amount of work by the Starlite team with EIS consulting in a quality management role. It also marks the beginning for Starlite Aviation lreland and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with EIS".

Based in Ireland Starlite Aviation offers a wide range of helicopter services to international clients involving transportation of passengers and freight, and executive transportation. Eurocopter and Starlite Aviation Group have signed a contract for the acquisition of two AS332 C1e helicopters, the latest version of the popular Eurocopter Super Puma medium weight helicopter. The contract also includes an option for two additional aircraft. First deliveries will take place before the end of 2013, following EASA and FAA certification.

The AS332 C1e is a new version of Eurocopter’s Super Puma helicopter that includes a specific configuration offering shorter lead times and highly competitive operational and maintenance costs.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Ryanair will operate 17 routes from Santander in Summer 2013 ©


                                                     
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary in a press conference in Santander said the carrier will operate 17 routes and 63 weekly flights from Santander Airport in Summer 2013 including a new route to Edinburgh from 11th April operating twice weekly, the airline will deliver 900,000 passengers by year end sustaining 900 jobs in Cantabria Region, stating their is potential for greater growth.

The airline has carried 4.5 million passenger at Santander since it commenced operating from London Stansted and Rome Ciampino in September 2004. Ryanair operates Dublin to Santander twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from 24th March.

                                           

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Shannon Airport targets Transatlantic market for growth ©

Image: Shannon Airport 

Newly independent Shannon Airport intends to increase transatlantic traffic from 350,000 last year to 500,000 passengers by 2015 building upon the 22% increase in traffic expected this summer as Aer Lingus and Delta Airlines resumes seasonal routes and new routes are launched by US Airways to Philadelphia and United Airlines to Chicago.

Shannon Airport is well place for transatlantic growth with available terminal capacity and US CBP facilities, by growing business from existing customer base and the introduction of new technology aircraft the Airbus A321Neo and Boeing 737 Max will open up new transatlantic city pair opportunities from 2015-2017.

Shannon Airport handled 1,394,781 passengers in 2012 down 230,672 from 1,625,453 in 2011.

                                         
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Modest Growth in Irish Air Traffic Figures in 2012 ©

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The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) today announced a total of 497,859 flights used Irish controlled airspace in 2012, representing a 0.31% increase on the flights in 2011.

There were a total of 196,566 commercial terminal traffic movements for Cork, Dublin and Shannon Airports in 2012, up 0.3% on 2011 stating Traffic growth levels over the past five months, particularly at Dublin Airport, are promising.  

The commercial terminal traffic figures for the three State airports were:

Cork Airport: 21,784 flights -1.8% on 2011.

Dublin Airport: 156,582 flights +1.4% on 2011.

Shannon Airport: 18,200 flights -5.58% on 2011.

There were 301,293 en route movements in 2011 (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land), up 0.3% on 2011 and traffic served by the North Atlantic Communications Centre in 2012 totaled 400,480, down 0.76% on 2011.

Irish Aviation Authority CEO Mr Eamonn Brennan said "2012 proved to be a profoundly challenging year for the global aviation industry and the IAA has worked hard to reduce costs for our airlines customers. In particular, terminal air traffic control fees were reduced by 21% in 2012 and are reduced by a further 4.1% in 2013. 

Our en route fees were reduced by 8.9% in 2012 and are further reduced by 6.3% in 2013. Ireland’s air traffic control charges continue to be amongst the most competitive in Europe. Our Safety Regulation fees have also been frozen since 2008, a position we intend to maintain through 2013.

2013 will be another tough year for the aviation industry in Ireland but there are signs that a return to more consistent growth in Ireland’s air traffic will emerge ".

                                                       

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Ryanair maintains Spanish market Leadership ©


                                                     
Ryanair for the third consecutive year has maintained its leadership in the Spanish market in carrying 28.917 million passengers in 2012 an increase of 1.6% (460,000 passengers) on last year over 10 million passengers ahead of Iberia Airlines 15.238 million passengers down 14.7%, Iberia Express * 2.2 million passengers and Vueling Airlines 13.745 million passengers up 19.7%.

The Spanish downturn had no effect on Barcelona El Prat Airport which reported the best year in its history exceeding 35 million passengers for the first in 2012 , as traffic grew by 2.2% Ryanair and Vueling expanded to fill the void in the market in wake of the collapse of Spanair. Ryanair grew by a record 49.8% or 5.18 million passengers.

*Iberia Express commenced operations 25th March 2012.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Delta Airlines Increases Dublin-New York JFK Capacity for Summer 2013 ©


                                                     
Delta Airlines announced its increasing capacity between Dublin and New York JFK for Summer 2013 as the daily Boeing 757-200 is upgraded to a Boeing 767-300ER in additional three times weekly service will be operated by a Boeing 767-400ER from 18th June to 29th August in co-operation with joint venture partner Air France KLM.

Delta Airlines SVP for Europe Middle East and Africa Perry Cantarutti said "The United States continues to be a popular destination for Irish holidaymakers and this additional service will offer passengers more travel options to a wide range of destinations throughout the States

We also look forward to supporting inbound tourism by transporting thousands more visitors to Ireland from the U.S., boosting the local economy

Throughout the summer we will be offering more seats on this route and an unrivaled network, customers travelling from Dublin benefit from convenient connections via New York to popular destinations such Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  It also provides added flexibility for freight forwarders".

DAL92 JFK1920  DUB0725  DAL91 DUB1120 JFK1335 763 Daily.
DAL199 JFK2125 DUB0930 DAL198 DUB1450 JFK1705 764 Tues, Thur, Sun.

Delta Airlines has been serving Ireland since 1986 operating scheduled service from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport. Delta Airlines operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2 to Atlanta and New York JFK and a seasonal summer service from Shannon Airport to New York JFK.

                                                       

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Cork Airport handles 2.34 million passengers in 2012 ©


                                                     
Cork Airport announced it handled 2.34 million in 2012 down less than 1% on 2011 figures as Cork Airport’s European traffic performed consistently well as ten out of twelve months showed positive growth on traffic to and from the Continental Europe.

In December traffic was up 5% on 2011 figure its strongest performance in 2012 as Ryanair’s new Polish routes drove a 20% growth on European services and UK-Provincial traffic increased by 1%.

Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "December was a very encouraging month of strong growth in passenger numbers at Cork Airport and this has continued into the first week of the New Year. The advent of additional routes to and from Poland and Lithuania in November has contributed significantly to the growth being experienced on our international route network out of Cork.

We plan to return to modest overall growth in passenger numbers in 2013 driven by new routes and the Gathering representing the first growth since the start of the recession in 2008”.

Cork Airport’s new director Niall MacCarthy hopes to introduce up to five new routes including a transatlantic flight from Cork by 2015.

The airport has a dedicated website 'Cork A Different Kind of Hub' to promote new route opportunities.

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Avolon Leasing increases Airbus A320Neo commitment with firm order for 20 aircraft ©

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Dublin based aircraft lessor Avolon Leasing and Management Services today announced confirmed an order for 20 Airbus A320neo aircraft in December 2012 increasing on the intial MOU signed at the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2012 for 15 aircraft, in deal valued at $1.9 Billion at list price, the company will make its engine selection at a later date.

Avolon Chief Commercial Officer & President John Higgins said "Our increased commitment to the NEO reflects the strong customer feedback we have received since our original announcement for 15 NEO aircraft in July 2012, we are confident that our customers will be satisfied with the economic and environmental benefits the NEO promises to deliver ".

Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customer John Leahy said "When a dynamic lessor such as Avolon decides to order more of our aircraft than originally planned, it’s a clear recognition of the excellent value our products deliver, we are confident that the A320neo Family, which offers the best economics of any single aisle aircraft, will be the backbone of leasing companies’ portfolios for the years to come ".

The Airbus A320neo family is a series of enhanced versions of the A320 family under development by Airbus. The letters "neo" stand for "New Engine Option". The main change is the use of larger and more efficient engines which is predicted to result in 15% less fuel consumption, 8% lower operating costs, less noise production and a reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by at least 10% compared to the A320 series according to Airbus.

                                                   

                                                 
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Dublin Airport traffic grows by 2% to 19.1 million passengers in 2012 ©


                                                     
Dublin Airport announced it handled a total of 19.1 million passengers in 2012 up 2% the second consecutive year of traffic growth at Dublin as an additional 420,000 passengers used the facility driven by the growth of long-haul traffic up 16% with new services from the Middle East and North America.

A total of 63,000 passengers travelled on domestic routes down 49% on 2011 while traffic to Europe increased by 2% to 10 million passengers with Middle East and North Africa traffic increased by 84% in 2012, as almost 480,000 people travelled on these routes, North American traffic increased by 5% to 1.6 million passengers and traffic to Britain declined by 1%.

Dublin Airport Terminal 1 handled 10.3 million passengers and Terminal 2 handled almost 8.8 million passengers.

Total traffic at DAA’s three airports – Dublin, Cork and Shannon*  increased by 1% last year to 22.8 million, which was also the second year of consecutive overall growth.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is paying a €1.5 million rebate in airport charges to 25 airlines that grew their business at Dublin Airport during the year. Under its Growth Incentive Scheme, a rebate is being paid to each airline based on its overall level of growth at Dublin.  Airlines that grew their business at Dublin Airport last year included; Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Air Canada, American Airlines, Etihad, Lufthansa, SAS and Turkish Airlines. British Airways and Emirates also launched significant new services from Dublin last year.

DAA Strategy Director Vincent Harrison said "We’re delighted that 25 airlines grew their business at Dublin Airport last year and we’re rewarding them for that growth with a €1.5 million rebate on our already highly competitive airport charges.

Despite the downturn, we have seen growth in overall passenger numbers for the second year in a row, and strong demand for long-haul travel into and out of Ireland.

Emirates started its new Dublin-Dubai service last January and has already introduced a larger aircraft on the route, while Etihad also grew traffic on its Dublin-Abu Dhabi service last year

While many business and leisure passengers are using these services to connect to the Far East and beyond, we have not seen any reduction in traffic to the major European hubs such as Heathrow, Paris and Amsterdam".

The DAA expects further growth in the long-haul segment in 2013 as Etihad will add an extra 30% capacity to its Dublin-Abu Dhabi route and there will also be almost 20% more seats available on Transatlantic routes to and from Dublin this summer as Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines increase capacity with 112 direct flights per week to 11 North American destinations this summer.

                                               

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Ryanair announces new Lübeck-Porto route ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced for Summer 2013 the launch of a new route from Lübeck to Porto operating three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 2nd April 2013 and resumes Girona route three times weekly (2nd April 2013) and Trapani route twice weekly (31st March 2013). In total the airline will operate seven routes from Lübeck in Summer 2013.

Ryanair Sales and Marketing Manager Germany Henrike Schmidt said "This once again demonstrates our commitment to the region, the airport and the passengers in northern Germany. With a new investor for the airport Lübeck and associated new destinations, we are optimistic about 2013 ".

Lübeck Airport MD Jürgen Friedel said "The Costa Brava, Portugal and Sicily are very attractive targets for our passengers we see this as a clear sign that the market is on the predictability that the new investor Lubeck Airport offers, to respond ".

On 1st January 2013 the ownership of Lübeck Airport changed to the newly-founded Yasmina Lubeck Airport Management GmbH owned by German-Egyptian businessman Mohamed Rady Amar. Mr Amar is planning a €20 million investment over the next five years and is targeting profitability in 2018.

Lübeck Airport is largest commercial airport in Schleswig-Holstein Region linking the Hamburg metropolitan and Baltic Sea regions to destinations in Europe. Ryanair launched it's first route from London Stansted to Lübeck Airport in 2000.

                                     

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Emirates Airlines celebrates First Anniversary on Dublin Airport route ©


                                                     
Emirates Airlines today celebrates its first year of operation in Dublin with the news that it has made over 220,000 passenger connections on the Dublin to Dubai route and carried over 10,000 tonnes of cargo into and out of Ireland.Emirates SkyCargo was ranked the number two airline for cargo ex Ireland, with a market share of 20%.

The most popular destinations connecting via Dubai include Australia, China, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand.

Emirates’ daily service between Dublin and Dubai began on January 9, 2012 on-board a 237-seater Airbus A330-200, with a 15 tonne cargo load capacity.  The early success of the route lead to the upgrade of the aircraft and on May 1, a Boeing 777-300ER added 52% additional passenger capacity and an extra 10 tonnes of cargo load to Emirates’ 119th route.

A Dedicated Emirates B777 Facebook page noted Today's flight was operated by A6-ECB Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 32714 the 253rd different flight operated by a 777, and this 777 2nd visit, last time being the 9th of December 2012.

DAA's Director of Strategy Vincent Harrison congratulated Emirates on a successful first year of operation in Ireland said "When Emirates entered the Irish market 12 months ago, some commentators questioned the timing of its arrival in Ireland. However the Dublin-Dubai service, which operates from the award-winning Terminal 2 facility, has been a resounding success and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Emirates to further expand this popular route".

Emirates Ireland Country Manager Margaret Shannon said "Emirates always recognized the huge potential of the Irish market, but we have been overwhelmed by the positive response and early success of the route, both of which are attributable to a number of factors.

Firstly, Emirates has helped make connecting to some really exciting destinations that bit easier, with just one stop in Dubai and over 120 points from which to choose.

2012 was a remarkable year for Emirates in Ireland and we are looking forward to some exciting announcements, new destinations and further growth in 2013 ".

Emirates employs 25 people in Ireland, between its public reservations office and corporate hub on Hume Street, Dublin 2, and operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2.

                                                   

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