Thursday, 21 February 2013

Ryanair eyes significant expansion in Germany ©

Ryanair is eyeing up significant expansion in the German market and is discussions with 11 airports said CEO Michael O'Leary yesterday, as the airline held press conferences in Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Leipzig airports. The carrier sees huge opportunities for growth as Air Berlin and Lufthansa re-structure as Ryanair plans to grow from 80 million to 120 million passengers over the next ten years.

The airline launched its first German route from London Stansted to Frankfurt Hahn on 22nd April 1999 progressively expanding to open bases in Baden Baden (2 aircraft), Bremen (3 aircraft), Dusseldorf Weeze (9 aircraft) and Frankfurt Hahn (8 aircraft).

The airline operates from 13 airports: Baden Baden, Berlin Schonefeld, Bremen, Cologne/Bonn,Dusseldorf Weeze, Dortmund, Frankfurt Hahn, Leipzig/Halle, Magdeberg,Memmingen, Münster, Nuremberg.

The airline operates from Dublin to Berlin Schonefeld,Frankfurt Hahn,Memmingen and Kerry to Frankfurt Hahn.


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Aer Lingus and JetBlue Airways announce code-share agreement

Aer Lingus and JetBlue Airways announced a new code-share agreement building upon the interline partnership established between the two carriers in 2008 that linked their networks in Boston and New York JFK.

Flights operated by JetBlue and featuring the Aer Lingus "EI" flight number will soon be available for sale on the Aer Lingus website, travel agents and online travel agencies, connecting the Irish carrier's transatlantic flights with 29 JetBlue destinations in North America including Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, subject to receipt of government approval.  

From the end of March Aer Lingus will offer double daily flights between Dublin and Boston and New York JFK and from Shannon to Boston four times weekly and New York JFK three times weekly all connecting with JetBlue.

The start of the new code-share arrangement coincides with the move of Aer Lingus' New York flight operations from Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport into JetBlue's acclaimed Terminal 5 on 3rd April, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to US departures will be reduced to just about 60 minutes. Customers travelling to Ireland will enjoy connections as fast as 40 minutes.

Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Kavanagh said "We are delighted to expand our relationship with JetBlue, as we enter into our fifth year of partnership. Aer Lingus and JetBlue share the same customer focused ethos and passion for innovation and best-in-class service.

We’ve had fantastic feedback from customers to the high level of convenience and choice of destinations. With the new codeshare agreement coupled with increased frequencies on our US routes, we look forward to providing customers with more choice and a seamless travel experience."

JetBlue Airways Chief Commercial Officer Robin Hayes said "We are pleased to expand our successful relationship with Aer Lingus with this new codeshare agreement, providing customers more access to both networks.

Aer Lingus was our first international airline partner; we’re thrilled with the strength of and growth in our partnership and happy to welcome them in our home at Terminal 5. "
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