• 40% Off Gold Circle T2 Lounge for Guests

    Aer Lingus is offering Gold Circle members an exclusive 40% off Gold Circle lounge access in T2 for up to three “family or friends” during the summer months, at a price of €15 per person, when travelling with the Gold Circle member on an Aer Lingus flight. (They can, of course, still...

  • Ryanair to Launch Complaint Against BAA Stansted

    Ryanair confirmed today that it has instructed its lawyers to file a complaint with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and Competition Commission, demanding that they revise the current price cap at London Stansted to eliminate what Ryanair claims to be “monopoly abuses and overcharging” of Stansted’s airlines over the past five years (2007-2011).

  • EasyJet Belfast – London Southend

    EasyJet will introduce flights from Belfast International Airport to London Southend, starting on 2 April 2012. Flights went on sale yesterday, with fares from £23.99 one-way including taxes. There will be two flights daily from Monday – Friday, one flight on Saturday and two flights on Sunday. A multi-million pound terminal will open...

  • Amadeus Renews Partnership with Club Travel

    Amadeus has renewed its long-standing partnership with Club Travel, the Irish travel industry’s biggest independent travel agency, for a further five years. Club Travel, a business that has established itself as a retailer of competitive airfares to leisure and corporate travellers, together with its recently acquired tour operator division, Budget Travel, has...

  • Concorde Travel to Close This Weekend

    Concorde Travel in Ennis, Co Clare, is to close this weekend after some 25 years in business – but the doors will remain open until the end of August as clients are taken care of. Michelle Considine told Irish Travel Trade News: “It is devastating, and it is hard to let go,...

  • Michelle McGarrigle Wins US Airways Trip to Las Vegas

    Michelle McGarrigle of Atlas Travel is the lucky winner of US Airways’ incentive for travel agency staff – and hence wins return flights for two to Las Vegas, three nights at Tropicana Las Vegas, and a $150 gift voucher for premium outlets. Well done, Michelle – and mind those slot machines!

  • Tour Operators Look for Bank Holiday Boost

    As the many late deals and flight-only offers on their websites attest, Ireland’s tour operators are looking to this Bank Holiday weekend for a welcome boost in bookings. According to ITOF, the Irish Tour Operators Federation, which represents the major outbound tour operators in Ireland, its members are seeing a brisk demand...

  • Fly Knock – Manchester with Flybe

    Flybe has today announced an expansion from Ireland West Airport Knock by introducing a four times weekly service to Manchester. The new service will commence on 30 October 2011 and will operate year round. Passengers can book onward flights to Paris and Amsterdam. Flybe is Europe’s largest regional airline and also the UK’s...

  • CityJet to Launch Twitter Concierge Service

    CityJet is to launch an interactive Concierge service via its Twitter feed @cityjet. The bespoke tool will be available from 1 August 2011 and initially will run as a trial service for two hours a day Monday to Friday to gauge customer feedback and uptake. The service will offer tailor-made travel advice as...

  • Travelsavers Ireland Launches Tools for Travel Agencies

    Travelsavers Ireland has just launched a suite of money-saving tools for travel agents, including OnlineXpress, OnlineXpressPlus, and WebTraveller. Using OnlineXpress you can create dynamic packaging without ever needing to go to a supplier website. It stores your clients’ quote, allowing you or a colleague to confirm those details, availability and prices with...

  • Video Previews of Delta’s Expanded T4 at JFK

    Delta Air Lines is on schedule with the $1.2 billion expansion of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, where the structural steel frame of the Concourse B extension is now visible. Ahead of the 2013 opening, customers can take a virtual tour of the expanded terminal through a...

  • New Complicated Room Tax in Venice

    Venice will introduce a room tax from 24th August, similar to the existing tax now in force in Florence. The tax will be €1 per star, per night, per person for a maximum of five nights. There are certain reductions and exemptions. During the low season there will be a 50% reduction...

  • Aer Lingus Going Back to US West Coast

    ITTN hears that Aer Lingus plans to recommence direct flights to the US west coast in March 2012, using the A330 in a two-class configuration. The route will form part of the carrier’s response to the Minister for Transport’s request for new routes in return for removing the travel tax. San Francisco...

  • Ryanair Announces 18% Traffic Growth to 21.3m

    Ryanair today announced a Q1 net profit of €139m, a slight increase of 1% on Q1 last year. Revenues grew by 29% to €1,155.4m as traffic increased 18% and average fares rose 11%. Unit costs rose by 14% due to a 49% increase (€140m) in fuel costs. Excluding fuel, sector length adjusted unit costs fell...

  • Air France Strike Threat Moves to 5th August

    Plans for a four-day strike by Air France cabin crew from 29th July have been withdrawn, but the pilots have now threatened a four-day walkout from 5th August. Following an agreement with the main cabin crew union on Saturday, Air France said: “All flights next weekend will go ahead as normal.” The...

  • Set-back for China’s High-speed Train Programme

    Safety systems on China’s much publicised high-speed train network are now under review following Saturday night’s accident near Wenzhou on the Beijing – Shanghai line in which at least 35 people died and 210 were injured. Like many before, a train lost power on a viaduct, but this time the following train...