• Liam Lonergan of Club Travel Wins Inaugural ‘Irish Travel Industry Entrepreneur of the Year’

    Liam Lonergan of Club Travel was last night declared the ‘Irish Travel Industry Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the award scheme introduced this year by the Association of Foreign Airlines, the Irish Tour Operators Federation, and ‘Irish Travel Trade News’. The Award was presented at the inaugural Irish Travel Industry Christmas Party,...

  • Strike Action Possible at UK Airports on Wednesday

    UK immigration officers and the UK Border Agency plan to go on strike next Wednesday 30th November 2011, which could result in major disruption to passengers at airports across the UK. Airports and airlines are preparing contingency plans to minimise disruption to passengers and airport operations, including updates on websites and Twitter.

  • New 60min Check-in Closure at Dubai Terminal 3

    From 1st December 2011 Emirates will be closing its check-in counters at Terminal 3 in Dubai Airport 60 minutes prior to a flight’s scheduled time of departure “to enhance the customer experience and ensure on-time departures.” Check-in counters are open at least three hours before the flight departure. However, passengers are requested...

  • A Message for Christmas Party Goers!

    Your team at Irish Travel Trade News are really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening (Friday 25th November @ 7.30pm) at the inaugural Irish Travel Industry Christmas Party, the 20th Irish Travel Trade Awards, the inaugural Irish Travel Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and this year’s winner of Ireland’s...

  • KLM to Fly Amsterdam – Lusaka

    On 15th May 2012 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will make its first flight to Lusaka, Zambia, from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. KLM will serve Lusaka three times a week using an Airbus A330-200 with seats for 243 passengers, 30 in World Business Class and 213 in Economy Class. Flight KL561 will depart from...

  • Etihad / Malaysia Frequent Flyer Agreement

    Codeshare partners Etihad Airways and Malaysia Airlines have entered a reciprocal Frequent Flyer agreement. Etihad Guest members can now earn Etihad Guest Miles when flying on Malaysia Airlines, while members of Enrich, Malaysia Airlines’ programme, can also earn Enrich Miles on Etihad Airways flights – and redeem miles on either airline. In...

  • Lowcost Travel Appoints Group Sales Director

    Lowcost Travel Group has appointed Paul Riches as Group Sales Director with responsibility for its UK and European trade development plans for Lowcostbeds and Resorthoppa. Paul, who will take up the group’s new role in December, was commercial director of Interhome holiday home rentals for the past two months and prior to...

  • Margaret Shannon Appointed Country Manager by Emirates

    Irish Travel Trade News can exclusively reveal that Margaret Shannon has been appointed Country Manager – Ireland by Emirates. Margaret is one of Ireland’s most highly experienced aviation executives, having worked with Ryanair, KLM, Air France KLM and, most recently, Aer Lingus. ITTN understands that there was intense competition for this post...

  • Virgin Atlantic Awards Top Irish Agents

    The importance of the Irish market was reinforced by the presence of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Julie Southern, at the airline’s annual Irish Agents Awards Dinner, held at the Morgan Hotel in Dublin last week. The ever-popular Terry Smith, fresh from his winning performance at the F-Factor event in London,...

  • Silverseas Team Visits Ireland

    The Silverseas sales team of Mike Bonner and Priti Mehta were in Ireland to bring leading cruise agents up to date on the luxury cruise line’s plans for 2012. They visited both Dublin and Belfast and outlined the planned itineraries for all six  ships in the Silverseas fleet, across the seven continents....

  • CAR Online Licensing to Open on 16th January 2012

    The Commission for Aviation Regulation has published its scheme to implement the travel trade’s spring licensing round for licences commencing from 1st May 2012. The online licensing facility will open on 16th January 2012. The CAR recommends that travel agents allow a minimum of five working weeks for decisions on bonds from...

  • Etihad Named Airline of the Year by ‘Arabian Business’

    Etihad Airways has been named Airline of the Year by Arabian Business magazine “in recognition of Etihad Airways’ financial performance and service offering, as well as the remarkable speed of its expansion”. Etihad’s Chief Executive James Hogan said: “We are delighted to have been named Airline of the Year by Arabian Business....

  • Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller to Join Tourism Ireland Board

    The North South Ministerial Council Plenary Meeting in Armagh has appointed a new Board for Tourism Ireland that includes Aer Lingus Chief Executive Christoph Mueller. The new Board will serve for a four-year period until December 2015. The other five Board members nominated by Minister Leo Varadkar are Jim Flannery, former chief...

  • Some Flights Affected at London Heathrow

    Some arriving and departing flights have been cancelled today at London Heathrow Airport due to weather conditions in the UK and Northern Europe. Flights from Ireland have not been unduly affected, although two flights to London City and Munich were cancelled early this morning.

  • JetBlue Non-stop New York – Dominican Republic

    JetBlue Airways has launched a non-stop twice-weekly service between New York JFK and La Romana Airport in the Dominican Republic, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Passengers can book introductory fares up to 1st December 2011 at $149 each way for Wednesday travel through to February 2012.

  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists

    CarTrawler, Club Travel, and Clubs to Hire have been chosen by the Association of Foreign Airlines, the Irish Tour Operators Federation and Irish Travel Trade News as the three short-listed finalists for the inaugural Irish Travel Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award. CarTrawler CarTrawler was established by brothers Greg and Niall Turley...