Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Ryanair wants to open up Bratislava Base in 2014/15


Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary at a press conference in Bratislava (Slovakia) this morning said he is considering opening a new Bratislava Base in  2014 or 2015 with two or three Boeing 737-800s subject to negotiations with the airport which will take place over the coming months enabling the carrier to double passenger numbers at Bratislava up to 2.5 million passengers per annum.

In 2012 the airline carried 875,000 passengers from Bratislava and in Summer 2013 will operate 59 weekly flights to 16 destinations in Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and UK.

Ryanair launched the Dublin to Bratislava route in March 2006 and operates the route six times weekly.

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JetBlue Airways Welcomes Aer Lingus into New York JFK's Terminal 5

Picture: Courtesy Aer Lingus 
JetBlue Airways yesterday officially Aer Lingus to JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York JFK after the carrier moved to the terminal on 3rd April, further developing the partnership which began in 2008, as part of the move JetBlue will provide ground handling services to Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus VP Customer Service & Airport Operations North America Kevin Reichart said "We are excited about our move to JetBlue's 'state of the art' Terminal 5. This is a further development of our partnership. Aer Lingus and JetBlue share a dedication to our customers and enjoy reputations for providing great value service. Customers will now enjoy the convenience of same terminal connections and faster connecting times, in addition to the unique T5 experience."

JetBlue Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Strategy Marty St. George said "We are pleased to welcome Aer Lingus, our long-time partners, into our home at Terminal 5. This move will not only strengthen our partnership but provide customers with expedited connection times and seamless travel between the U.S. and Ireland. Further, Aer Lingus customers will be able to enjoy our award-winning facility when arriving and departing to Ireland."

Aer Lingus has its own dedicated area within the terminal allowing for easy check in; including self-service kiosks and curbside check-in, baggage drop-off for customers using web check-in and seamless flight connections.

The award-winning, state-of-the-art Terminal 5 offers great features and amenities including:

  • Up to 15 security lanes
  • 26 gates with seats aplenty
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Minimum 60 minute connecting time on US domestic routes and 40 minute connecting time to Ireland from 14th April
  • 55,000 sq. feet of great food and shopping, including 24 food & beverage outlets and 27 retail outlets
  • Large children’s play area and much more! 
Aer Lingus operates Dublin to New York JFK double daily and Shannon to New York JFK four times weekly.

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Air Seychelles announces codeshare expansion with Etihad Airways to Dublin

Picture: Courtsey Air Seychelles 
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, continues to build its presence in Europe with an expansion of its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways to Ireland.

With the agreement, Air Seychelles will place its two-letter ‘HM’ code on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Dublin, complementing the island carrier’s current European codeshares with Etihad Airways to Brussels, DĂĽsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, and Paris.

The expansion comes at a time when tourism figures from the UK and Ireland to the archipelago have been surging, with visitor arrivals from UK and Ireland up 21% from a year ago.

Air Seychelles CEO Cramer Ball said "We are delighted to announce this codeshare expansion to Ireland with our equity alliance partner, Etihad Airways. Seychelles has a strong affinity with the UK and Eire, hearkening to a time when Seychelles was a British colony, and this expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to Seychelles’ traditional tourist markets and to provide convenient, seamless options for our guests."

Air Seychelles flies 7 times a week to Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub, and in total, the two carriers offer 10 return flights per week to the island archipelago, including a daily service.

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