Thursday, 10 January 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Cork Airport handles 2.34 million passengers in 2012 ©

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 confident that the A320neo Family, which offers the best economics of any single aisle aircraft, will be the backbone of leasing companies’ portfolios for the years to come ".

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Ryanair announces new Lübeck-Porto route ©

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

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

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

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

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


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