Saturday, 31 August 2013

Aer Lingus targets charter carrier routes from Ireland

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300
This winter scheduled Aer Lingus is strategically utilizing it's fleet to further increase market share from Ireland, by further encroaching onto routes traditionally operated by charter carriers.

This summer it launched a new weekly service to Corfu, Greece and from 22nd December it's Dublin to Toulouse route is being converted to a year-round service operating weekly on Saturdays using Airbus A321s. Travel Extra reported 80% of the seats will be used by tour operator Top Flight.

On 19th August it announced a new weekly Shannon to Lanzarote service operating from 27th October offering an additional 8,000 seats on the route. See my blog post Aer Lingus announces new Shannon Lanzarote route

Aer Lingus preliminary annual results 2012 stated "Aer Lingus gained market share in both long and short haul from LCCs, legacy, regional & charter carriers."

The airline has increased it's Ireland market share by 2% to 43% including Aer Lingus Regional. In Dublin-London market share increased by 1% to 46% and from Dublin to United States it increased by market share by 4% to 53% in 2012 in a very challenging Marco environment.

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Aer Lingus increases Dublin hub connectivity for Winter 2013

New connections at Dublin 
This winter Aer Lingus network development continues it's evolution of Dublin as a hub , enabling connectivity for passengers from Aberdeen, Cardiff, Malaga, Rome and Stockholm to the United States.

To support the increased connectivity from it's European and UK network it's adding an an extra four weekly flights between Dublin and Boston bringing the total number of services per week to eleven.

In addition from Shannon to Boston will operate daily services, year-round, from January.

Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said "Today’s announcement supports Aer Lingus’ strategy to provide greater access and choice for Irish customers with over 220,000 seats available a week to and from Ireland. In addition, we continue to grow our transatlantic schedule, with 42 weekly roundtrips – giving greater choice to customers travelling between Ireland, Europe and North America."

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Air Lituanica will fly from Vilnius and Palanga to Dublin for Christmas Season

Courtesy: Embraer 
Lithuanian regional carrier Air Lituanica in response to passenger requests is to operate a short programme of flights from Dublin to Palanga and Vilnius for the busy Christmas season from 21st December 2013 to 5th January 2014.

Flights will be operated in co-operation with Small Planet Airlines using Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Air Lituanica Commercial Director Simonas Bartkus said "Before the holiday and inter-holiday season, there is a strong surge of our countrymen looking to return from England and Ireland to Lithuania, as well as of those looking to visit their loved ones who live in those countries. Therefore, we will be offering flights that will help people visit each other more quickly and easily people are used to planning their Christmas vacations ahead of time, so we’ve decided to begin selling tickets to London and Dublin today. Ticket costs start at 299 Lt one-way."

Services from Dublin to Palanga and Vilnius will operate December 20th,22nd, 29th and January 3rd,5th.

A total of 48 flights have been planned for the season 10 from Palanga to Dublin and London Gatwick and 14 from Vilnius International Airport offering a total of 6,700 seats.

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Ryanair announces new route from Karlstad to Tenerife South

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair announced a new route from Karlstad to Tenerife South route operating weekly on Fridays from 1st November, as part of it's expanded winter programme from Tenerife South in Winter 2013.

The route will operated by a Tenerife South based aircraft.

In addition Ryanair operates a seasonal twice weekly service to Barcelona Girona. In 2012 it carried over 30,000 passengers on the route with 20% of the passengers Spanish inbound tourists to Karlstad.

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Director Nordic and Baltic countries Elina Hakkarainen said "We are very pleased with the development of the Barcelona line, so now we are expanding cooperation with Karlstad with another route."

Karlstad is a city, the seat of Karlstad Municipality, the capital of Värmland County, and the largest city in the province Värmland in Sweden, is often associated with sunshine and the symbol for Karlstad is a smiling sun. Karlstad is reputed to be one of the sunniest towns in Sweden.      


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Ryanair expands Swedish route network for Winter 2013

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair has announced for Winter 2013/4 the addition of seven new routes from Sweden operating a total of 85 routes.

This winter it'summer services go year-round from Goteborg City to Edinburgh route operating twice weekly from 1st November , and Stockholm Skastva to Paphos operating twice weekly from 24th October an increase from it's weekly flight this summer.

The carrier launches a new route from Karlstad to Tenerife South weekly from 1st November

The routes from Stockholm Skavsta  to Las Palmas and Tenerife South and Stockholm Vasteras to Las Palmas and Tenerife South where prior announced on 2nd May see my blog post Ryanair announces new winter sun routes from Sweden.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is pleased to present the Swedish winter schedule for 2013, which includes 85 lines, of which 7 are new to the exciting European destinations including Edinburgh, Gran Canaria, Paphos and Tenerife."

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Ryanair adds 10 new routes from Norway

Ryanair Boeing 737-800s at Dublin Airport 
Ryanair announced 10 new routes from Norway to it's route network for Winter 2013/4 from it's bases in Oslo Rygge and Oslo Torp.

The carrier will launch seven new routes from Oslo Ryggee to Edinburgh, Frankfurt Hahn,Kaunas, Las Palmas, Rzezow and Tenerife South, and three new routes from Oslo Torp to Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife South.

These Canary Islands routes where previously announced on 30th April 2013 see blog post "Ryanair announces winter sun routes from Norway to Canary Islands".

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to launch our winter program 2013 from Norway, with 68 routes, including 10 new winter routes to popular winter sun destinations such as Alicante, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Paphos and Tenerife."

At press conference in Oslo Michael O'Leary stated the carrier was keen to expand it's route network Norway in the next year to five years, adding Avinor needed to change mentality and method pointing out many airports where empty.

Ryanair currently operates from Haugesund, Oslo Rygge (Base) and Olso Torp in Norway to 63 destinations carrying 2.5 million passengers annually, and operates from Dublin to Oslo Rygge four times weekly.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Dublin Aerospace wins Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800 Landing Gear contract

Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800
Dublin Aerospace has announced that it has concluded a five year contract with Sunwing Airlines of Toronto, Canada for the provision of Landing Gear maintenance services on its Boeing 737-800 fleet. The Landing Gear overhaul services will be carried out at Dublin Aerospace’s Landing Gear overhaul centre in Dublin.

Dublin Aerospace CEO Donal Rogers said "Dublin Aerospace are delighted to have been chosen by Sunwing Airlines as a provider of landing gear overhaul services on its fleet of B737-800 landing gears. Dublin Aerospace’s flexibility and competitiveness on this contract will enable Sunwing Airlines to achieve industry leading costs and performance in these critical maintenance areas."

Sunwing Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering Marek Grzesiowski said "Sunwing’s decision to choose Dublin Aerospace for the supply of landing gear overhaul services was based upon their ability to meet our specific requirements for delivery and turn time and for their proven reputation for quality".

View Dublin Aerospace Landing Gear Services Video.

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Mayo Woman pioneer Aviator: Help wanted for documentary

AT-6 Texan
A documentary is currently in production on Nancy Corrigan, one of the first female pilots. A County Mayo woman who in 1929, at 17 years of age, emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, with only a basic education and went on to become one of the first women pilots. She trained air cadets for the US Military during World War II. Nancy also took part in Air Races. She was the second woman ever to gain a commercial pilot's licence.

Her plane was an AT-6 Texan. I am keen to make contact with an owner of such a plane so that we can re-enact on camera some scenes of Nancy training air cadets etc. Ideally we would love to locate a female pilot who can fly an AT-6, or similar. We would ideally like to film this in Cleveland, Ohio, but are flexible.

Any help or leads or contacts who can help would be appreciated email

Bernadette, assistant producer

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EI-REX Learjet 60 Private Sky visits Dublin Weston Executive Airport

Courtesy: Damian Bracken 
The first of a Learjet 60 to Dublin Weston Executive Airport occurred last Wednesday 22nd August, with the visit of EI-REX Learjet 60 construction number 60-149 Private Sky using call-sign 'HYR60A' on a training mission.

Private Sky based at Shannon Airport operates a fleet of Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLS, Falcon 900, Learjet 60.

Visit Damian Bracken's Flicker page.

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Historic visit of Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA to Dublin Weston Executive Airport

G-PBYA Catalina at Dublin Weston Executive Airport
On Saturday 24th August 2013 Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA made an historic visit to Dublin Weston as part of it's Circuit of Britain 100th Anniversary Commemorative Flight touching down just after 1.10pm . The 2013 Circuit of Britain challenge is lead by Australian Catalina Pilot Jeff Boyling.

The aircraft flew down the North East of Ireland entering Irish airspace at Kilkeel routing along the coast via Skerries, Loughshinny, Rush, Baily Lighthouse and performed a number of fly-bys at Dun Laoghaire.
The routed over Dublin City Centre up the river Liffey prior to landing at Weston for fuel departing again at 2.01pm for Dale and Pembroke Dock.

See Catalina's display at Dun Laoghaire courtesy of Eva Szilagyi.

Captain Jeff Boylng and crew 

The 70 year old aircraft was built in 1943 by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville, Quebec, it served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943 until 1961. It was then struck off charge and continued life for many years as a fire bomber in Canada and France. It was flown from Canada to the UK in 2004 and is now based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

The aircraft is to make return to Dublin Weston Executive Airport to part-take in FlightFest on 15th September.

For more information see Project Hawker 2013.
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Monday, 19 August 2013

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Aer Lingus Regional launches new route to Newcastle

Courtesy: pr360
Aer Lingus Regional is to launch a new 26 times weekly double daily service from Dublin to Newcastle from 26th October using new ATR72-600 aircraft.  The new route forms  part of it’s ‘New Beginning’ Strategy in addition to new routes to Birmingham and Manchester added in June and July.

The airline aims to carry 65,000 passengers on the route in the first year of operation and aims to connect 3,500 passengers through Dublin annually on routes to Canada and the United States.

The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months.

Aer Arann Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said “We are delighted to announce the launch of a Newcastle route. This new route connects Aer Lingus Regional passengers with one of the UK’s most vibrant cities and means that the airline is now serving nine major UK cities from Ireland. This new route will add up to 65,000 passengers to our network next year.

The Newcastle Dublin route will facilitate connections to Aer Lingus mainline services to the US for passengers in the north east of England. Newcastle-based passengers can connect to some of the main US and Canadian cities – New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Toronto – via Dublin, where passengers can avail of security and customs pre-clearance on some US routes.

Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer passport and customs pre-clearance to some of the main US destination”.

Newcastle International Airport Aviation Development Director Chris Sanders said "We’re delighted that Aer Lingus Regional will be operating new services to Dublin this year. This announcement increases the schedule choice for passengers flying from Newcastle on this important route.

Dublin is a wonderful city break destination with a vibrant culture and fantastic tourist attractions. Business users will also be pleased with the convenient flight times on offer which allow day returns, an incredible benefit for regular visitors to Ireland.

The service also eases travel to and from some of the main US cities with swift customs pre-clearance at Dublin Airport’s fantastic new Terminal 2 facility. It presents a wide range of connection facilities for travellers which I’m sure will be welcomed by North East holidaymakers and business travellers alike."

Dublin – Newcastle schedule commencing 24 October:

 From                                   To                                       Depart Arrive
Dublin                                   Newcastle                           0650     0805 (M-F)
Dublin                                   Newcastle                           1000     1115 (SS)        
Dublin                                   Newcastle                           1725     1835  (TW)        
Dublin                                   Newcastle                           1910     2020  (MTFS)

From                                   To                                         Depart Arrive
Newcastle                           Dublin                                   0650     0805 (M-F)
Newcastle                           Dublin                                   1000     1115 (SS)
Newcastle                           Dublin                                   1545     1700 (TW)
Newcastle                           Dublin                                   1730     1845 (MTFS)

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Lufthansa Airbus A330 repainted by Eirtech Aviation

D-AIKM Departs following repaint by Eirtech Aviation  
Eirtech Aviation has completed the repainting of D-AIKM Airbus A330-343X construction number 913 Lufthansa at it's Dublin Airport Facility.

The company has repainted several wide-body aircraft for Lufthansa at Dublin including Airbus A330-300s, Airbus A340-600s and Boeing 747-400s.

In June Eirtech Aviation completed the painting of the first 38 aircraft for Lufthansa Group airline Germanwings fleet. The majority of the aircraft were painted at it's Ostrava facility in the Czech Republic and a number at Shannon Airport.

Eirtech Aviation continues to expand it's global customer base having secured a contract to paint the Azerbaijan Airlines Fleet of 18 aircraft and won a major contract with Southwest Airlines for a technical modification for it's Boeing 737 fleet.

Eirtech Aviation has facilities at Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport and Ostrava in Czech Republic and an Engineering and Technical Services Office in Dubai.

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

N603FE MD11F Fedex Express visits Dublin Airport

N603FE MD11F Fedex Express 
This weekend Dublin paid host to a visit of a Fedex Express MD11F. The aircraft N603FE MD11 construction number 48459 line number 470 hex code A7D2E6,  named "Elizabeth" operating from and to London Stansted arriving arrived in the early hours of Friday 16th August departing today at 1526 as FDX5210 to London Stansted.

On a post to Irish Spotters Yahoo Group the purpose of the visit was ground familiarization for crews,with the MD-11 used as a standby replacement when required for the Airbus A300-600RF. The MD11 will be used on at least one Friday each month to ensure the crews are kept current.

Fedex has a fleet of 64 MD11F's, N603FE first flight was 22nd August 1991 and delivered on 11th September 1991.

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Alrosa Aviva first Boeing 737-800 prepares for delivery at Dublin

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Russia carrier Alrosa Avia (Alrosa Air Company) is shortly to take delivery of an former ex Sky Airlines Turkey M-ABFV Boeing 737-83N/WL construction number 32576 on lease from GE Capital Aviation Service (GECAS).

Alrosa is introducing the new “diamond” livery with this delivery.

The aircraft is to take up Irish registration EI-FCH.

This is the first of three Boeing 737-800s to join it's fleet to replace its current Tupolev 154 fleet by Spring 2014.

Alrosa Avia based in Moscow Vnukovo commenced operations in 1995. The group currently operates 10 aircraft types. In 2008, the fleet was expanded with the Tupolev Tu-134s and Tu-154s, and is wet leasing a Boeing 737-76Q from Yakutia Airlines.

It's sister company Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise was founded by the Russian mining company ALROSA), hence the diamond logo connection.

See Paul Doyle's Flicker Page.

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Eclipse EA-500 Demonstrator visits Dublin Weston Airport

Courtesy: Damian Bracken 

Yesterday Friday 16th August an Eclipse EA-500 N843TE construction number 000072 visited Dublin Weston Airport as a demonstrator to prospective clients.

The aircraft list price is $1.2 million.

The Eclipse competes in the Very Light Jet (VLJ) business segment against the Citation Mustang and the Phenom 100.

The aircraft is a small six-seat business jet aircraft manufactured by Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, cruises at 370 knots (425 mph, 685 km/h) with a range of 1,125 nautical miles  operating to a service ceiling of 41,000 ft or 12,500 meters.

Visit Damian Bracken's Flicker page 

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Aer Lingus announces new Shannon Lanzarote route

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 
Aer Lingus has announced the launch of a new weekly Shannon to Lanzarote service for the winter season.

The service will operate on Saturdays from 26th October 2013 to 29th March 2014 EI922 departs Shannon at  1305 arrives Lanzarote 1705 EIN923 departs Lanzarote at 1755 arrives Shannon 22000.

 The service is operated by Airbus A320s adding an additional 8,000 seats from Shannon Airport.

This latest addition comes just weeks after the announcement of significant expansion to the transatlantic schedule from Shannon Airport, with flights to New York and Boston almost doubling in frequency and the transatlantic service returning to an all year round schedule.

Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said "This further addition to our winter schedule from Shannon should prove very popular. Lanzarote is a fantastic destination for winter sun-seekers. We look forward to welcoming customers on board the new service."

Shannon Airport Chief Executive Neil Pakey said that having winter season services to Lanzarote is a major boost for passengers "We are delighted with Aer Lingus' commitment at Shannon, especially coming on top of the recent announcement of increased frequency from January, to Boston and New York."


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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Dublin Aerospace signs APU contracts with DHL Aviation ME and Finnair

Courtesy: Dublin Aerospace 
Dublin Aerospace announced it has concluded APU contracts with DHL ME and Finnair. The contract with DHL ME based in Bahrain is for the provision of APU maintenance services on its fleet of Boeing 757 aircraft. The maintenance services carried out under this contract covers DHL’s fleet for a duration of 5 years which commenced on 1st January 2013.

The company has concluded a contract with Finnair for the refurbishment of 4 Boeing 757 APU’s.

DHL Aviation EEMEA  Head of Technical Eric Foley  said "We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with Dublin Aerospace for comprehensive APU support. Leveraging on the depth of experience that DAL have in the support of APU’s we are looking forward to sustained levels of on-wing reliability for the foreseeable future".

Dublin Aerospace CEO Donal Rogers stated that "Dublin Aerospace are delighted to have been chosen as DHL Aviation EEMEA provider of maintenance services on its Auxiliary Power Units for its fleet of Boeing 757’s. Dublin Aerospace’s flexibility and competiveness on this contract will enable DHL ME to achieve industry leading costs and performance in these critical maintenance areas. "

View Dublin Aerospace APU Services Video.

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Monday, 12 August 2013

CAR Publishes Issues Paper on Dublin Airport Charges 2015-2019

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
The Commission for Aviation Regulation has published its Issues Paper on airport charges at Dublin airport for the next regulatory period from 1st January 2015 to 1st January 2019.

CAR stated “A new Determination governing airport charges at Dublin Airport is due by end 2014. This paper begins the process leading to the making of that Determination. The current price cap expires at the end of 2014.We are making a Determination that will affect what the DAA can charge at Dublin Airport for taking-off, landing and parking aircraft; the use of air bridges; arriving and departing passengers; and the transportation of cargo."

It noted In summer 2013 Aer Lingus and Ryanair are expected to account for three-quarters of air traffic movements. No other airline at Dublin Airport is expected to account for more than 4% of traffic.

The mix of airlines at Dublin Airport means that most travel is not “full service”.

The Dublin-London routes continued to be the most popular.

CAR's analysis of traffic noted the short-haul market continues to dominate accounting for 88% of passengers in 2012 Europe bound (36% to the UK and 52% to continental Europe), little changed from five years ago,

Flights to destinations outside Europe and North America increased by 85% in 2012 alone and accounted for 2.5% of all movements.

Transatlantic flights accounted for 9% of movements in 2012, up from 7% in 2008 with the addition of frequencies being added on existing routes and new routes added and added the domestic travel market has collapsed.

About 10% of flight movements are non-commercial scheduled traffic. This includes cargo flights which account for 2% of movements.

Interestingly CAR's analysis noted a disconnect between GDP and passenger numbers where more closely related up to 2009, since more variables have come into play consumer expenditure, the level of trading activity, and oil and carbon prices.

In the next regulatory period CAR stated "The sensitivity to passenger numbers is consistent with the idea that there are significant economies of scale associated with operating an airport, at least for the volumes of traffic experienced at Dublin."

In 2007, the DAA was forecasting 2012 passenger numbers more than 40% higher than has subsequently been realized.

The Regulatory Asset Base could add a further €430 million in capital costs in the unlikely event a number of 'Triggers' are meet such as extension of Terminal 2 if annual passenger numbers exceed 33 million costing €100m , the  development of the second parallel runway at cost €300m if passenger numbers in a 12-month period exceed 23.5 million and if the weekly demand for contact stands exceeds 74, the apron development trigger would add over €20m.

In December 2013 and January 2014 the DAA plans to consult with users on its Capital Investment Plan 2015-2019.

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Commercial traffic at Dublin Airport up 8% in July reports IAA

Courtesy : Dublin Airport Authority 
The Gathering and the signs of recovery in the US economy are spearheading significant growth in transatlantic traffic says Irish Aviation Authority  .Total flights in Irish airspace in July 2013 have increased by 3.4% when compared to July 2012

On an cumulative basis commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork Airports for January to July 2013 period was up by 1.9%, compared to the same period in 2012.

In July Commercial terminal traffic increased by 6.3%  at Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports, when compared to July 2012.

Dublin Airport continues to grow, with commercial terminal flights up 8% in July. This is the fifth consecutive month in which growth at Dublin has been recorded.

However Cork Airport recorded negative growth of 4.4% reflecting the withdrawal of Wizzair services.

Shannon Airport had positive commercial traffic growth up 5.6% reflecting increased short-haul and new Transatlantic routes.

The July 2013 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport: -4.4% with an average of 69 commercial daily movements.

Dublin Airport: + 8% , with an average of 523 commercial daily movements.

Shannon Airport: +1%, with an average of 63 commercial daily movements.

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Ryanair applies "Visit us:" titles to Boeing 737-800 EI-DHT

Courtesy: Krzysztof Dymel
Ryanair has various co-operative marketing agreements across Europe and has branded aircraft to reflect those agreements, most recentlty the airline has applied ""Visit us:" titles to one of it's aircraft EI-DHT Boeing 737-8AS/WL construction number 33581 line number 1809, as part of joint marketing between Bremen Tourism and Ryanair.

This winter Ryanair will operate a total of 119 international routes from 12 German airports, from Bremen to 16 international destinations and it's new three times weekly service to Dublin commences 18th September.

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Irish Aviation Research Institute calls for competitiveness and structural change in Irish Aviation Policy Submission

Courtsey: Paul Doyle 
This document was submitted to Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on 24th July for the White Paper on Irish Aviation Policy.


The Irish Aviation Institute believes the opportunity presented by the formation of white policy on aviation is to further strengthen and enhance Ireland’s position in the aviation industry. In an increasingly competitive global industry the barriers need to be removed enabling airlines and companies compete to win new business and customers, creating new employment and growth opportunities.

The white paper represents a unique opportunity to break the status quo of the past in relation to aviation policy; the department itself has to take a lead role, creating the necessary structures and policies to enable the industry to adapt to ever changing needs in a very competitive environment.

The white paper must not become embedded policy but must be continuously adapted and bench marked against competitors. To ensure success consideration must be given to an industry steering board to ensure measures suggested by industry stakeholders that are adopted by the Department are rolled out in a timely manner maximizing employment and growth opportunities.


The Government should maintain and strengthen its two state airline policy as per Department of Transport to ensure healthy competition in the marketplace. The development of a competitive airport fees pricing structure at state run airports should encourage new entrants to the marketplace increasing customer choice and competition.

Air Travel Tax:

The current €3 Air Travel Tax funding of 'Marketing’ of routes needs to be re-invested to deliver real tangible benefits through the creation of a new route incentive fund in partnership with airports and Tourism Ireland. The route incentive scheme should be bench marked against successful incentives schemes in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Ancillary Revenue:

In Europe airports are tourist attractions in their own right this is an avenue which needs to be pursued and developed by Irish Airports in conjunction with local county councils to generate profitable revenue for the airport and region. .

The success of viewing facilities at Frankfurt Main, Manchester and Zurich Airports are benchmarks for Irish Airports to create a new revenue streams and create additional employment opportunities in co-ordination with local stakeholders.

Aerospace, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul:

To further increase the competitiveness of Ireland’s Aerospace, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul industry an zero rate on hangar facilities needs to be adopted by local county councils to further enhance the sector, to reduce operating costs and create additional employment opportunities.  The high costs of rates are a serious impediment to growth of the sector and should be removed.

Zero parking rates for aircraft parking needs to be considered to further increase the competitive advantage of the MRO sector at state owned airports.

Consider R&D incentives to encourage MRO sector develop new product lines for Airbus A320NEO, A350 and Boeing 737 Max, 787 aircraft for provision of APU, Base Maintenance and Landing Gear services.

The Irish Aviation Authority services should be available to the MRO sector 24/7/365 to co-ordinate and facilitate the needs of its customers.

Create financial instruments to enable MRO’s and Aircraft leasing companies provide bundle leasing packages to the airline industry.

Aviation Education:

The development of a dedicated Aviation University at Dublin Airport needs to be developed as a matter of urgency to close the competitive gap the UK's Cranfield University.

Encourage collaboration between local airfields and the education sector to foster an interest in aviation at primary school level.

To encourage the development of aviation as a career path into the future provide integrated job bridge and aviation specific courses should be developed with education providers for those seeking a career in the industry, with full-time, part-time, flexible and online courses developed to meet industry needs.

Aviation Enthusiasts ID Scheme:

“It’s a win-win for both the airport and for spotters” Officer JoLynn Christianson, Minneapolis and St Paul airport police.

The UK Schemes recognizes the key part aviation enthusiasts have to play in keeping both airports safe and that they are a valued part of the airport community.

The Department of Transport and Irish Aviation Authority in conjunction with An Garda Síochána should consider rolling out an Aviation Enthusiasts ID Scheme at the earliest possible date following the success of similar schemes in America and UK.

An scheme for Ireland valid for all airports and airfields should be rolled out for a one-off registration fee of €10.

#Avgeeks: The new warriors on terror 

The Aviation Enthusiasts Security Scheme

SO18 Aviation Security Aviation Enthusiast Scheme

Airport to City Cycle Lanes:

The development of dedicated cycle lanes from airports to city centers and towns as part of roll out of national cycle network. This is essential as airports are first touch points for the majority of inbound tourists 80% +.

Cargo Facilities:

The government should pursue an Open Skies policy to encourage the development of the cargo business in Ireland leveraging the available capacity at airports in tandem develop US pre-cargo screening facilities in collaboration with US authorities.

The development Cargo designated ramps and associated warehousing and storage facilities at Irish Airports needs to be incentivised and developed to follow best practice of European Airports.  In Addition intermodal transport links need to formulate long-term planning particular at Dublin, Ireland West (WRC), and Shannon Airports to link into the national railway network as is common practice across Europe.

Frankfurt Hahn plans for the renovation of the Hunsrück railway providing the airport with a rail link to the Rhine-Main area . as an example.

Ireland needs to plan in the long-term for inter-modal transport and update Rail Vision 2030 accordingly.

Commission for Aviation Regulation: 

The proposed plan to set-up a new body to regulate the planned merger of the Commission of Aviation Regulation and the Irish Aviation Authority needs to be scrapped. Alternatively activities of the merger entity should be monitored by the Competition Authority of Ireland.

The Competition Authority of Ireland should be given increased powers regarding airport charges pricing policy at state owned airports in the interest of the consumer.

The transfer of regulation of airports to The Competition Authority of Ireland should be interim solution as Irish aviation policy is set out in white paper.

Department of Transport:

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports needs to undertake fundamental restructuring of operations to focus on the needs of its customers whom operate in an increasingly competitive environment.

The consolidation of multiple facilities into a single out of town site to deliver an improved service and improve efficiencies needs to be considered to deliver further cost savings, in the context of budget 2014 and 2015.

To deliver increased focus to the aviation and related tourism sector the separation of functions of Maritime and Sports to other departments considered, to give greater focus on the development of the aviation and tourism industries, by narrowing the focus of the department to deliver a greater return.

The Department of Transport needs to develop and implement a digital marketing policy. Firstly the opening of a Twitter account would facilitate communications with stake-holders across the industry. Secondly the Department needs to pro-actively promote and support the industry through digital marketing campaigns, as Ireland needs to play catch up with competitors whom are very active in this digital marketing space.

The Department of Transport needs to fully integrate aviation and tourism policy going forward to compete on a global business in a growing tourism industry. Ireland needs to develop a long-term policy replacing a yearly planning to deliver long-term growth.

I include The Department of Tourism in Morocco set the Vision 2020 for tourism in Morocco as long-term strategic plan ( )as an example to be bench marked.

Therefore the Department of Transport Tourism unit should be integrated with Tourism Ireland removing duplication.

Dublin Airport DART Link:

In the current capital spending programme the proposed 7 km DART Spur line from Clongriffin to Dublin Airport should be prioritized as a matter of urgency, ahead of other capital projects. Dublin Airport handled 19 million passengers in 2012 and has 20,000 on-site employees is a significant market in its own right.

The railway line to the airport is a critical as airports play the major role in the customers first and last impressions of a country, particularly for business and foreign investors. Dublin Airport is disadvantaged without this piece of vital infrastructure vs. many primary and secondary airports across Europe.

There is ample railway capacity in the Dublin Area to accommodate the link as DASH Project will increase available paths through the city center from 10 to 20 per hour.  Plans for a rail link are already set out in EU-TENT 2030 Plan and Rail Vision 2030 policy documents. In addition to planned DART Interconnector and Phoenix Park Tunnel projects subject to NTA approval.

Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Facilities:

Fixed Base Operator- The DAA & Fingal County Council develop facilities for a new Fixed Base Operator to established at Dublin Airport utilizing land bank available to cater for significant growth in business jet traffic in recent years.

The development of Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at all Irish airports should formal an integral part of the white paper to deliver this critical infrastructure for FDI and to attract new business to Irish Airports.

Regional Airports:

The Government should integrate Regional airports with the planned HSE Hospitals centre of excellence in the regions. The regional airports are vital resource and should be integrated into planning of services by state agencies. Galway Airport’s close proximity to UCG is an example.

State owned Airports:

The Status quo of maintaining state ownership of Cork, Dublin and Shannon Airports cannot continue in light of ever-changing competitive landscape in the EU & Globally. In the UK BAA Airports Group has been broken-up and sold creating a competitive environment between London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London City Airports.

In Poland a competitive airport policy as evident with the opening of Warsaw Modlin to compete against Warsaw Chopin, this trend will accelerate going forward across Europe.

The sale of certain airport assets and partial airport sale(s) should form part of consideration for budget 2014 or  2015,  as set out below in options one to five.  The proceeds from the sale(s) of airport assets could be used to aid reduction in budget deficit to 3.5%. The BAA successfully concluded the sale of both Edinburgh and London Stansted airports and Belfast International was successfully sold to new US owners.

The second runway at Dublin Airport should be removed from the master plan and alternatives including maximizing existing runway efficiency based on best practice of London Gatwick to increase movements per hour in peak time 0600-0800.

The proposed threshold of 23.5 million passengers is too low for the development of a second runway at Dublin Airport versus London Gatwick single runway operation with 40 million passengers and it is noted Dublin Airport at the peak of the boom in 2008 handled 23.5 million passengers.

From personal observation in 2008 primary pressure was on terminal facilities not on available runway capacity.

Reduce off-peak landing charges to stimulate demand and remove second runway from master plans, these measures will ensure Dublin Airport charges remain competitive versus competing airports across Europe.

Option 1:

Long-term 20 year concession lease of Dublin Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to different operators, this can be achieved through the transfer of the existing DAA land bank to Fingal County Council thus maintaining state ownership of the strategic asset while creating a competitive terminal competition based on the US airport business model.

Option 2:

Sale of Dublin Airport Terminal 2 to an private investor.

Option 3:

The Separation of Shannon Airport from Dublin Airport Authority is  a positive step. However to create a thoroughly competitive airport environment, the sale of 49% of Cork and Shannon Airports to private investors should be pursued following the highly successful Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) model which in  2011 handled over 6 million passengers and posted a net profit of €10 million. See Link:

Option 4:

State Infrastructure at Baldonnel Aerodrome is under-utilized and has significant potential to provide self-funding for the Irish Air Corps through the development of a joint civil-military dual-use of the facility. This is a trend at many airports across Europe.

This development can earn revenue for the Department of Defence through landing and parking fees utilizing existing fixed assets, and has the potential to create additional employment opportunities.

Option 5:

The sale of Dublin Airport Pier D to Ryanair to be operated by a third party.

Option 6: 

To stimulate traffic in the winter valley period landing charges at state run airports need to be discounted versus competing airports across Europe to make Ireland all year-round destination. This Winter Malta has waived landing fees from November to March to attract new business and make it a year-round destination.

Tourism Ireland:

To build on the success of Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 Transatlantic connecting hub Tourism Ireland and the airlines in collaboration with the DAA should consider specific in-door and digital marketing campaigns and promotions to entice passengers to return to Ireland for a short-stay visit or holiday.

Tourism Ireland should negotiate with airlines to develop specific one-night stay packages for connecting passengers over Dublin.

Viewing Facilities:

Aircraft viewing facilities are retained at Dublin Airport Runway 28 car park and Northerly car park as part of Fingal County Council Area Master Plan.


This is a time of significant change and opportunity in the aviation sector our geographic position means we are heavily dependent on the aviation industry, therefore we need to maximize the opportunities to develop it to full potential. The status quo of a lazy fair aviation policy needs to be broken and we need to continuously  benchmark against our competitors.

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Ryanair announces new route from Cagliari to London Gatwick

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair announced the launch of a new route from it's Cagliari Base to London Gatwick operating three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In addition it's Kaunas route operating twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays goes year-round.

The airline expects to carry about 80,000 passengers on the routes in its first year of operation.

The airline announced Cagliari as it's 31st European Base and 7th Italian base in October 2008, launching the base on 30th March 2009 with two aircraft operating 21 routes, delivering annual traffic of over 1.3m passengers.


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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Transatlantic passenger numbers up 39% in July at Shannon Airport

Delta Boeing 757-200ER at Shannon Airport 
Shannon Airport announced it handled 177,558 passengers in July up by 9.4% it's second successive month of growth and just six months after setting out as an independent entity.

Like June, the growth was most telling in the transatlantic market, with overall passenger throughput arising from the airport’s five US and one Canadian (Toronto) services increasing from 38,781 in July 2012 to 54,014 last month, a 39% increase.

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said "We are delighted to have achieved a second successive month of growth at Shannon. The figures very much reflect the enhanced level of services delivered at Shannon this year, not least on US destinations thanks to new routes to Philadelphia and Chicago, on top of already having Newark, JFK and Boston services.

This has been very positive for the tourism market here, from Cork right up to the North West as Shannon is the only airport on the entire western seaboard with transatlantic services."

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Dublin Airport traffic up 7% to 2 million passengers in July

A Busy Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport 
Dublin Airport handled more than 2 million passengers in July a 7% increase on the same period last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.

The airport authority recorded a positive trend in all market segments Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe rose by 6% with more than 1.2 million passengers travelling to and from European destinations during July.

Domestic traffic on routes to the City of Derry and Kerry Airport increased by  14% with almost 7,000 passengers.

Passenger numbers  to and from the Middle East, increased by 19% with more than 54,000 passengers travelling these routes in July, following Etihad Airways introducing the Boeing 777-300ER on the Abu Dhabi route on 1st July.

Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 16% with more than 221,000 passengers travelling on this route sector.

UK traffic increased by 5%, with more than 653,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain last month.

In the first seven months of the year more than 11.5 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 5% increase when compared to the same period last year.


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Ryanair goes year-round from Shannon to Liverpool

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair has announced it's Shannon to Liverpool service is to become a year-round service having restored the route initially in March for the summer season only.

The service operating three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will amount to an additional 12,500 seats over the 2013/14 winter season.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport Head of PR Robin Tudor said "Shannon serves some of the most picturesque parts of Ireland and so for passengers from this part of the North West England to be able to enjoy the area’s unique Irish experience and hospitality year round, is great news for us.

 We also agree with Shannon Airport management that this route should be equally popular with visitors from the west of Ireland to Liverpool too. There is so much to see and do in and around Liverpool that caters for all tastes and we look forward to welcoming more visitors flying in from Shannon year round."

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said "Ryanair’s decision to extend the service for the winter schedule is an excellent opportunity to boost tourist numbers for the quieter time of the year into this region from Liverpool and vice versa.

Liverpool has the strongest Irish heritage of any English city, even ahead of London, and this, in addition to the outstanding tourism package that we have on the western half of the country, is a real plus for attracting people in for short breaks over the winter.

It’s a two way street as Liverpool is a great city to visit also.  It is, of course, synonymous with football, with Liverpool and Everton both having huge Irish fan bases and a great tradition of Irish players in their squads."

Ryanair operate 10 routes from Shannon Airport for Summer 2013 with one based Boeing 737-800 to Alicante, Lanzarote, Liverpool,London Gatwick London Stansted, Malaga, Nates, Palma, Tenerife South, Wroclaw and for winter 2013/4 will operate five routes.


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Aer Lingus long-haul pax numbers up 17.2% in July

Aer Lingus Long-Haul Traffic up 17% 
Aer Lingus announced it carried 1.141 million passengers in July up 2.9% versus July 2012.

The airline's Atlantic operation carried 116,000 passengers up 17.2% with a load factor of 91.4% up 1.5 points with RPK's up 17.8% on an 15.9% increase in ASM. It noted Q3 long haul are looking particularly positive.

On short-haul it carried 909, 000 passengers up 0.4% with a load factor of 85.9% up 0.9 points with RPK's down 1.7% on an 2.6% reduction in ASM's.

Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann carried 116,000 passengers up 10.5% and year to date has carried 609,000 passengers.

Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was higher on both short-haul routes (85.9% v 81.1) and North Atlantic routes (91.4% v. 89.9%).

The airline admitted it's his booking profile has somewhat eroded over July due to the Heatwave.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Abercrombie & Fitch Gulfstream 5 visits Dublin Airport

N1892 Gulfstream 5 Courtesy Ken Meegan 
Abercrombie & Fitch and CEO Michael Jeffries very stylish Gulfstream 5 paid it's second visit to Dublin Airport yesterday Monday 5th August. We understabd the aircraft made a fuel stop en route from Amsterdam to United States.

N1892 c/n 524 registered to DFZ LLC in Ohio is based New Albany Ohio previously visited Dublin on 28-31st October 2012 according to Dublin Movements Blog.

The Smoking Gun website gives an insight into it's operation: Peeking Into Gulfstream Of Abercrombie.

Abercrombie Dublin's flagship store opened in Suffolk Street College on 1st November 2012 and Hollister the offshoot of Abercrombie & Fitch opened a store in Dundrum Town Centre back in July 2011.

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Minoan Air ends Dublin route flights

SX-BRV Fokker 50 Mionan Air 
Mionan Air ended it's Oxford to Dublin and Edinburgh routes last Sunday 4th August just over five months of operation, having commenced on 8th March. The Dublin service operated three times weekly using Fokker F50 aircraft.

The last flight into Dublin MAV2560/1 was operated by SX-BRV c/n 20199.

In an statement on it's website Mionair stated it had 99.75% punctuality, operating nearly 500 flights, carrying more than 6,000 carried passengers having invested £1 Million in the operation.

It went on to further state it's disagreement with Oxford Airport management on specific terms of cooperation deemed imperative for the viability of our flights.

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Monday, 5 August 2013

Aer Lingus Regional returns leased Danish Air Transport ATR72s

OY-RUB ATR72 Danish Air Transport 
Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann has returned two ATR72s to Danish Air Transport on completion of their leases. The aircraft where leased to provide bridging capacity pending delivery of their new ATR72-600s.

According to website Skyliner Aviation OY-LHB ATR72-202 c/n 496 was ferried Dublin to Copenhagen on 3rd August and OY-RUB ATR72-201 c/n 301 was ferried Dublin to Bournemouth on 29th July for painting into all white colours prior ferry to Copenhagen on 2nd August.

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EAN appoints Joe McDermott to Head of FBO Operations

Lagos-based aviation business Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) has appointed Joe McDermott to the newly created role of Head of FBO Operations. Joe will be based at the Lagos Jet Center headquarters and will be responsible for managing all operations at its fully integrated FBO facility based at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, along with developing existing offices in Port Harcourt and Abuja that currently manage EAN passenger requests in each location.

Joe joins the company from Emerald Flight Support in Dublin, Ireland, where he was Ground Operations and Business Development Consultant responsible for FBO viability, business development and equipment procurement planning for the proposed VIP Terminal facility at Casement Military Aerodrome.

Joe brings over 15 years of highly relevant professional aviation experience and industry knowledge to the role having worked previously for international companies Landmark Aviation and Universal Weather and Aviation in the area of Business Development. He is also a keen aviation photographer and regular contributor to a number of mainstream business aviation titles.

Joe takes up the Head of FBO Operations role, moving from Head of Sales & Marketing with EAN Aviation, at a time when the Nigerian business aviation market is rapidly expanding. The company is developing its portfolio of services and its customer base, as highlighted by the opening of the first fully integrated FBO, maintenance and hangar facility for corporate & private aircraft in Nigeria in 2011. Joe reports to EAN CEO/MD Segun Demuren and is responsible for managing a team of 20 staff across its Nigerian network.

Commenting on the new appointment, Segun Demuren said  “Joe’s industry knowledge and experience made him an obvious choice to run the operations side of the business. Equally, his long-standing relationships across the industry coupled with his extensive knowledge will help to expand and develop our business offering to business jet owners and operators.”

Joe McDermott adds  “EAN has consistently been at the forefront of business aviation in Nigeria. Owners and operators want to know that they can rely on an FBO for quality, service, reliability and integrity and I look forward to being part of the company’s ongoing growth and success.”

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Dublin Weston Executive Airport records 32% increase in visiting business aircraft traffic

Cessna 525 at Dublin Weston Executive Airport 
Dublin Weston Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport in Ireland, announced a 32% increase from visiting aircraft traffic in May through to July 2013 versus the same period in 2012.

Dave Scully, Business Development Director at the Airport said "This buoyant business is great news, demonstrating the attraction of our airport to business and VIP travelers and is a direct result of our marketing campaign in the UK & Europe. July was a surprisingly busy month for us, business jet traffic increased by 40% compared to July 2012. We hope this trend continues for some time as business aviation sees a welcome increase in activity at Dublin Weston Airport."

Weston hosted a visit from a Falcon 2000LX in June making it the first of this type to visit the Airport.

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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Ryanair announces new Paris Beauvais to Trieste route

Boeing 737-800
Ryanair announced it's launching a new route from Paris Beauvais to Trieste in Italy operating twice weekly from 9th November on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

In Summer 2013 it operates a total of nine routes to Trieste from bases at Bari, Birmingham, Brussels Charleroi, Cagliari, Dusseldorf Weeze, Girona, London Stansted, Trapani and Valencia.

Trieste is located about 0.56 kilometers on the western side of Gorizia which is near Trieste in the Venezia Guilia region on the north eastern side of Italy. The airport is estimated to cover a catchment area of about 5 million people stretching from Friuli Giulia to Croatia and Slovenia.


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Ryanair passengers numbers up 1% in July


Ryanair carried a record 8.84 million passengers in July up 1% carrying an additional 120,000 passengers with a load factor of 88%. In the rolling 12 months to the end of July it carried 80.1 million passengers.

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