• Aer Lingus and Ryanair Increase Charges

    Aer Lingus has quietly, and without any prior notice, raised the administration fee charged at the end of an Internet booking from €10.00 per person to €12.00 per person – a 20% increase, while Ryanair is increasing baggage fees by 50%.   Aer Lingus has also increased the lounge access fee from...

  • Lee Osborne Joins BookaBed

    Lee Osborne has joined BookaBed as Business Development Manager. He was previously with Sunway Holidays for nine years, where he worked as Agency Sales Manager. Lee said: “I am delighted to be joining Karl and the BookaBed team. I spent a fantastic nine years with Sunway Holidays and want to thank all...

  • Slattery Travel Enters East Cork Travel Stable

    Brendan Barry’s Toureen Trading Ltd of Midleton, Co Cork, trading as East Cork Travel and Discover Travel, has taken over Slattery Travel in Fermoy. Joe Slattery plans to retire from the business after almost 50 years in the business – but the Slattery Travel name will remain above the door. Joe’s father...

  • Travel Centres Get the TravelBug

    The Travel Centres consortium’s website is currently undergoing “a major refit and function/identity change” and will re-emerge within a month or so as www.travelbug.ie. A message on the current website states: “TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently owned, licensed and bonded travel agents...

  • UK Government Launches ATOL Consultation

    Up to six million extra holidays out of the UK could be covered by the Air Travel Operators’ License (ATOL) scheme under reform proposals put forward on 23rd June for consultation by UK Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers. The deadline for response is 15th September and the Government plans to introduce the necessary...

  • New Routes for Air France KLM

    Air France KLM will have introduced 15 new routes by the end of 2011, including a three times weekly Paris CDG – Cape Town service, from 3rd November, and a three times weekly Amsterdam Schiphol – Rio de Janeiro service, from 1st November. Air France will also commence three weekly flights to...

  • KLM Targets Ireland with Global Cyber Giggle

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched its interactive cyber greetings card campaign, Giggle Jiggle, in Ireland. Available to create now at www.theklmgigglejiggle.eu, Giggle Jiggle will run as a viral campaign for six weeks, ending on 8th August 2011. KLM’s Giggle Jiggle cards consist of three different animated dancing characters from around the...

  • New York, New York for Breakfast

    Irish visitors to the Big Apple last year totalled some 275,000, comprising 225,000 from the Republic of Ireland and 50,000 from Northern Ireland. This was announced at the annual breakfast for the Irish travel trade hosted in Dublin by NYC & Company and members from New York’s top attractions and hotels. John...

  • Ciaran Carraher Now Chairman of European Committee

    Ciaran Carraher, who is the current Chairman of the Irish Visit USA Committee, has been elected as the Chairman of the combined European Visit USA Committee. Congratulations Ciaran on securing this prestigious post for Ireland.

  • European Cruise Market “This Decade’s El Dorado”

    In 2010, the European cruise industry generated a record €35.2 billion in economic activity – 5.5 million Europeans booked cruises, 10% up on 2009, and Europe now accounts for 30% of all cruise travellers worldwide. Earlier this year, at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, fast-growing Europe was cited by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio,...

  • Three Airlines Open Sales Office, Host Lunch

    Air France / KLM / Delta Air Lines have officially opened their new sales offices in Dun Laoghaire and recently hosted a lunch in Chapter One in Dublin for key trade partners. The new offices at Block 1, West Pier Business Campus, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, were opened by Henri Hourcade, Air...

  • 34,500+ Irish Visitors to Dubai

    Dubai Tourism joined up with Virgin Atlantic, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Atlantis – The Palm in Dublin last week for an informative presentation followed by dinner. Ingrid Aagesen, Senior Manager, Dubai Representative Office in UK & Ireland, told Irish Travel e-News that Dubai had attracted 34,521 Irish visitors in 2010. She...

  • New Cork Routes and Aircraft for Aer Lingus

    Aer Lingus has announced new routes from Cork Airport as part of its winter flight schedule. Irish Travel e-News also understands that the airline is to acquire three Airbus A319s from Iberia. The aircraft will be re-configured to hold 144 passengers and will be used on leaner European routes from March 2012....

  • Emirates Airlines Increase Revenue

    An increase of four million passengers in a single year saw profits at Emirates Airlines increase by $1.5 billion, the latest figures from the carrier reveal. Revenues reached $14.8 billion an increase 25 per cent when compared to the previous year.

  • Brian Nevin Leaves Thomas Cook

    Sales and Marketing Manager Brian Nevin of Thomas Cook has announced his resignation with immediate effect. Brian is moving on to pursue new business interests.

  • Thomas Cook Gets Travel Agency License

    The CAR yesterday issued a new travel agency license to Thomas Cook Retail under the Flexitrips brand.