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Swiss International Airlines increases Dublin route capacity ©

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                                                      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. SWR2602 ZRH1450 DUB1605 SWR2603 DUB1650 ZRH2000 A320 Saturday SWR2602 ZRH1435 DUB1550 SWR2603 DUB1635 ZRH1850 A320 Sunday 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. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 31st January 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair increases Ireland West Airport Knock-London Stansted frequency ©

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                                                    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. RYR807 STN1600 NOC1730 RYR808 NOC1755 STN1920 Friday RYR805 STN1445 NOC1615 RYR806 NOC1640 STN1805 Sunday 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

Flybe Announces new year-round Shannon-Glasgow route ©

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Image: Flybe  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 w

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

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                                                      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 i

Ryanair announces new Nîmes-Fez route ©

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                                                      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-Roussillo

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

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                                                      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 p

Minoan Air to commence Oxford-Dublin route ©

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Image: newsnow.gr  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 h

Ryanair celebrates 10 years in Tours announces new Marrakech route ©

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                                                      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

IATA World Passenger Symposium (WPS) Dublin 2013

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                                                      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. F

Ryanair adds Catania to route network ©

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                                                      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.                                         Irish Aviation Res

Cityjet announces new Dublin-Brest route ©

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                                                      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

Ryanair announces expansion at Italian Bases ©

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                                                      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 availab

Etihad Airways increases capacity on Dublin route ©

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                                                         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

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

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                                                      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.                                         Irish Aviation Research Institute © 21st January 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Bombardier Aerospace reports healthy order backlog ©

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Image: Bombardier Aerospace  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 co

Aer Lingus launches the first ever International Hurling Festival ©

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                                                      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

Ryanair announces 3 new routes from Brussels South Charleroi ©

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                                                      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

Iberia Express expands Dublin route capacity ©

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                                                      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 Termi

British Airways Expands Summer Dublin-London Heathrow frequency ©

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                                                    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

Ryanair announces two new routes from Cuneo ©

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                                                    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

Ryanair announces two new routes from Alghero ©

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                                                      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.                                     Irish Aviation Researc

Ryanair announces two new routes from Târgu Mures ©

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                                                      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.                                           Irish Aviation Research Institute © 16th January 2013  All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair announces 3 new routes from Paris Beauvais ©

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                                                      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.

Ryanair announces five new Marseille routes ©

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                                                      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 o

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

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                                                      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 Raba

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 r

Ryanair will operate 17 routes from Santander in Summer 2013 ©

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                                                      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.                                             Irish Aviation Research Institute © 15th January 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Shannon Airport targets Transatlantic market for growth ©

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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.                                           Irish Aviation Research Institute © 14th January 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Modest Growth in Irish Air Traffic Figures in 2012 ©

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Image: Paul Doyle  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 chal

Ryanair maintains Spanish market Leadership ©

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                                                      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. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 13th January 2012 All Rights Reserved.

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

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                                                      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 p

Cork Airport handles 2.34 million passengers in 2012 ©

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                                                      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 Gath

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

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Image: Airbus Industries  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

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

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                                                      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 ov

Ryanair announces new Lübeck-Porto route ©

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                                                      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 owner

Emirates Airlines celebrates First Anniversary on Dublin Airport route ©

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                                                      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