Monday, 23 June 2014

Russian carrier S7 Airlines resumes seasonal Dublin service

VP-BTW Airbus A319 S7 Airlines 
S7 Airlines, member of oneworld alliance, resumed flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Dublin, last Saturday 21st June, operated by VP-BTW Airbus A319, pictured above by Paul Doyle.

Aviation website Airline route 9th January stated S7 Airlines plans to operate 219-seater Airbus A321 aircraft for summer season, up to 6th September, increasing seat capacity by 70%.

The flight S7887 departs from Moscow Domodedovo airport at 2050 and arrives in Dublin at 2215. The return flight S7888 departs Dublin at 2300 and arrives in Moscow at 0610 next day.

S7 is the Russia’s only airline to offer non-stop flight from Moscow to Dublin. The regular flights to Dublin commenced in 2008.

Tourism Ireland believes the Russian market could play an important part in helping to grow overseas tourism to the island of Ireland in the coming years; the organisation has representation in Russia for the first time ever in 2014.

Jim Paul, Tourism Ireland’s head of developing markets, said: “Outbound travel from Russia is growing fast, with almost 36 million visits outside of Russia taken each year.

The majority of our overseas visitors come from the core tourism markets of Great Britain, North America and Mainland Europe and, while this will continue, it is important that we expand our focus beyond these markets and look to the longer-term opportunities presented by Russia and the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.

“Research shows that some of the main motivators for Russians when choosing a holiday include ‘natural scenic beauty’ and ‘history and culture’; these are two areas for which the island of Ireland is renowned. Tourism Ireland will focus on highlighting tourism experiences like the Wild Atlantic Way – showcasing the spectacular scenery and unique culture of the west coast – to prospective Russian visitors in 2014. We believe this exciting new tourism experience will have tremendous appeal in the Russian market.”

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Facebook Group seeks reinstatement of Gothenburg-Dublin Route

           Gothenburg Image courtesy Google 
Many Irish and Swedes with Gothenburg and Dublin connections are now hoping for a direct service between the two cities, following the abolishment of the air travel tax, creating new opportunities for business and tourism.

For more than four years a Facebook group, Bring Back Gothenburg-Dublin Route, has been pushing for the route’s return. The group now has close to 376 members. Ryanair launched flights between Gothenburg and Dublin in 2006, but the route was dropped in 2009 when the Irish Government introduced the €10 air travel tax.

A spokesman for Facebook group said "We set up this page to try and create awareness to the airlines that a direct flight between Gothenburg and Dublin is badly needed. People today are now forced to take two flights in either direction or take a direct flight to Rygge (Oslo) in Norway. But then it takes nearly 3 hours by car train or bus just to get to Gothenburg.

A high percentage of passengers final destination is actually Gothenburg when flying to Rygge (Oslo) so why can't Ryanair just fly us directly to Gothenburg and save us 3 hours in extra travelling from Rygge to Gothenburg.

We all had great hope last October when Michael Cawley of Ryanair admitted live on radio on Today FM "The Matt Cooper Show" that Ryanair were indeed in talks with Gothenburg City Airport in reinstating the flight as a result of the Irish Government's abolished the tourist tax.

We will continue to campaign for the reinstatement of the flight and hopefully one of the airlines will bring the people of Ireland and Western Sweden closer together with a direct flight. Of course we would love to see Ryanair reinstate the flight but we are also asking SAS, Norwegian and Aer Lingus to look into this route between Dublin and Sweden's second city Gothenburg."

On 24th October 2013 on The Last Word with Matt Cooper, the issue of Gothenburg to Dublin route was discussed (Starts 24.45 minutes). The carrier announced on 29th April, a new Gothenburg to Bremen connection, commencing three times weekly on 28th October.

Travelling between Dublin and Gothenburg is extremely costly and very time consuming, as the only option is to fly to Oslo Rygge and take a train bus or car which takes 3 hours to get to Sweden’s second city Gothenburg or fly via Copenhagen or Stockholm.

According to The Gothenburg Region Report 2013  "The region will become more accessible internationally through the range of destinations and journey opportunities to and from Göteborg Landvetter Airport." by 2030.

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden , the city proper has a population of 533,260, with 549,839 in the urban area and 956,118 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. The city was ranked as the 12th most inventive city in the world by Forbes,  Volvo cars is the largest employer in Gothenburg region.


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Dublin Aerospace extends capability with Kannard 406 rescue ELT Repair and Re-Programming


Dublin Aerospace can now offer its expertise and MRO services to all carriers operating the Kannard 406 Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT).  The offer includes the repair and re-programming along with the supply of spares.

Dublin Aerospace Chief Executive Office Donal Rogers said “we are delighted to be able to offer this new product to our customers. By providing this additional service we will be able to further reduce the TAT on transition aircraft as well as being able to offer the product to airlines, MRO’s and lessors”.

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