Friday, 25 January 2013

Minoan Air to commence Oxford-Dublin route ©


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

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

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

MAV2550 OXF0630 DUB0800  MAV2551 DUB0845 OXF1015 F50 3 5
MAV2560 OXF1630 DUB1800   MAV2561 DUB1845 OXF2015 F50 7

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

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


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Ryanair celebrates 10 years in Tours announces new Marrakech route ©

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

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

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

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

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


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IATA World Passenger Symposium (WPS) Dublin 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any information required please contact Brian Stapleton.


Issued on behalf of The Irish Aviation Leadership Group (IALG) 25th January 2013.