• DAA Meets Quality of Service Targets

    The Commission for Aviation Regulation has received from the Dublin Airport Authority monthly data of the measures of time in the security queue and the availability of the outbound and inbound baggage systems for the second quarter of 2011. Between April and June 2011, the DAA has met the three target levels...

  • Holidays 4 UK in Administration

    Ian Oakley-Smith and David Chubb were yesterday appointed as joint administrators of Brighton-based tour operator Holidays 4 UK Ltd, which also traded as Aegean Flights. Holidays4U sold budget holidays to the Bodrum and Dalaman areas of Turkey using charter flights operated by Turkish airline Onur Air. Nearly 13,000 clients are abroad and...

  • Ryanair First EU Airline to Carry 8m Passengers in One Month

    In July, Ryanair became the first European airline to carry over eight million passengers in one month. The July total was 8.1 million.

  • New Spanish TO Director for Dublin

    The new Director of the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin will be Gonzalo Ceballos. He is currrently Deputy Director-General of Tourism Development and Sustainability for Turespaña and will succeed José Manuel de Juan on 1st September 2011. José will be leaving the office tomorrow for a holiday, then returning for few days...

  • €3 Travel Tax to Remain Until Spring

    The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, has confirmed that the Government has decided to retain the €3 Travel Tax pending a further review next spring. As part of the Jobs Initiative, it was announced that the €3 Travel Tax would be suspended subject to a deal being reached with...

  • Michelle Wins ITTN Social Media Makeover

    The lucky winner of a social media makeover to the value of €100 from The Marketing Shop Ireland in Irish Travel Trade News’ online competition is Michelle Barron of South West Travel in Killarney, Co Kerry. The answer to the quiz was, of course, Coldplay. Congratulations Michelle!

  • Maureen O’Hara Enters Irish America Hall of Fame

    President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Former US President Bill Clinton celebrated the entry of legendary movie star Maureen O’Hara into the ‘Irish America Hall of Fame’ last Friday with letters of good wishes. Maureen O’Hara was formally inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame by the founder of Irish America...

  • Air India Membership of Star Alliance on Hold

    The member airlines of the Star Alliance network and Air India have jointly concluded that the integration of Air India into the global airline alliance will be suspended. This is due to the fact that Air India has not met the minimum joining conditions that were contractually agreed in December 2007.

  • Delta to Refund Taxes Paid for Travel During FAA Shutdown

    Delta Air Lines has announced that it will process tax refunds for customers travelling during the suspension of non-essential services of the Federal Aviation Administration. Funding for the FAA expired on 23 July. At that time, Delta stopped collecting several taxes imposed on ticket sales, including a 7.5% tax on the base...

  • Air Passenger Traffic Hits a Speed Bump in June

    The International Air Transport Association has announced traffic results for June that showed a slight softening in demand for both air travel and freight markets. Compared to June 2010, passenger demand was up 4.4% while freight demand was 3% lower. The trend for passenger travel remains upwards, but at a slower pace...

  • €3 Travel Tax to Stay Until Spring?

    Transport Minister Leo Varadkar will announce within two weeks whether the €3 travel tax will be abolished – but the Irish Times has reported that it will remain until at least spring 2012. “The airlines said the tax was the reason they were cutting routes and capacity, but when it was reduced...

  • Tourists Evacuated from Majorca Hotel

    Holidaymakers were evacuated from the 3-star Tropical Park Hotel in El Arenal near Palma de Majorca on Friday night after a 15-year-old girl fell ill in a room near that in which a Russian tourist died two weeks ago. The death was initially attributed to natural causes, but a French tourist staying...

  • Delta Expands Service to Latin America

    Delta Air Lines will begin new year-round weekly flights between its Minneapolis-St Paul hub and Liberia, Costa Rica, beginning in January 2012. The service will operate every Saturday using 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In addition, Delta will add an additional weekly frequency between Atlanta and Brasilia, Brazil, upgrading the flight to daily...

  • easyJet Increases Belfast Flights to Amsterdam and Geneva

    easyJet is to add extra flights to its Amsterdam and Geneva routes from Belfast International Airport. There will be six more flights each week to Amsterdam, bringing the total to 20, and two additional flights to Geneva will increase the weekly total to 14. The extra flights to Amsterdam will increase from...

  • French BEA Outlines Cockpit Confusion

    France’s air accident investigation agency, the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses, has concluded that the three pilots, including a senior training captain, of flight AF447, which crashed into the Atlantic in 2009, failed to comprehend that they had stalled the aircraft and that it was falling nearly straight down – and makes 10...

  • Win a Las Vegas Week for Two with Flexibletrips!

    A new Flexibletrips trade incentive starting 5th August will have a week for two in Las Vegas...