• Far & Away with Thomas Cook Ireland

    Thomas Cook Ireland’s 156-page Far & Away brochure offers a wide range of destinations worldwide, including Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, USA Cities, Orlando, Cape Verde, United Arab Emirates, India, Indian Ocean, Malaysia, and Thailand, as well as cruises and escorted tours to South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada. On...

  • Ryanair Adds Booking Verification Step

    Ryanair has added a verification requirement into its booking process whereby a customer must input a unique code. The change will prevent screen-scraping, which many in the Irish travel industry may use in dynamic packaging.

  • Finnair First Airline to Implement Amadeus Dynamic Website Manager

    Finnair has become the first airline to choose Amadeus Dynamic Website Manager to seamlessly tailor its customers’ online experience, while driving conversion rates for the airline. Amadeus Dynamic Website Manager, the latest offering from the Amadeus e-commerce portfolio, is uniquely underlined by airline business rules rather than coding changes. This means that...

  • RCCL Commission Structure to Remain Similar in 2012

    Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will retain a similar commission structure for travel agents in 2012 as for 2011 and expects the level of business from Ireland coming through the trade to continue around its current level of 85%. Direct sales will grow, but so too will the company’s overall business. Dominic Paul,...

  • 11 Irish Travel Agents Now Settle BSP Weekly

    Since the International Air Transport Association introduced new financial rules on 1st September 2010 all Irish travel agents have been reviewed under them, and of the 126 Irish travel agency head offices reviewed, 11 agencies are now settling their BSP payments weekly, six are settling twice a month, and the remaining 109...

  • Britain – Nigeria, a Route of Rejection?

    First, a Nigerian airline was denied slots at London Heathrow. Then the Nigerian government threatened to cut British Airways flights in Lagos in retaliation. Then the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority imposed fines of $135 million on BA and $100 million on Virgin Atlantic (they operate 21 return flights a week from Britain...

  • Seven New Qatar Airways Routes for 2012

    Qatar Airways has announced its 2012 route expansion programme, including seven new routes from Doha to Perth, Helsinki, Croatia’s capital of Zagreb, Gassim in Saudi Arabia, and three East African cities – Zanzibar, Kigali and Mombasa, in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya, respectively. They will be launched over the next few months and...

  • Qantas Offers for Loyal Customers

    Qantas has announced a range of special offers for its most loyal customers to thank them for their support throughout the recent period of industrial action. Selected Qantas Frequent Flyers are being offered additional points based on their tier status for all eligible Qantas flights from 16th November 2011 until 23rd December...

  • EU Bans Airport X-Ray Body Scanners

    The European Union has issued a ruling that bans X-ray body scanners in all European airports. The European Commission said that the prohibition is necessary “in order not to risk jeopardising citizens’ health and safety.” European airports will use millimeter-wave scanners that utilise low-energy radio waves, rather than the X-ray body scanners,...

  • Etihad and Panasonic Sign 10-Year Deal

    Etihad Airways has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide the in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity, including broadband Internet and live TV, for the airline’s entire long-haul fleet of wide-body aircraft. James Hogan, Etihad Airways Chief Executive, and Paul Margis, Panasonic Avionics Chief Executive, today signed a letter of intent for a...

  • Aeroflot to Fly Dublin – Moscow

    Irish Travel Trade News has learnt that Aeroflot has received Government permission to operate a non-stop service between Dublin and Moscow. The route will initially be operated three times a week using an Airbus A320, commencing in 2012.

  • CAR Updates Travel Agency Licences Listing

    The Commission for Aviation updated its listing of Travel Agency Current Licences on Monday. Changes included a change of address for Des Abbott Travel – from Cabra to The Hyde Building, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18, and the addition of 10 extra trading names – to a total of 14 – for...

  • Reed Travel Exhibitions to Undertake Global Research

    Reed Travel Exhibitions, which organises 12 major travel events worldwide including World Travel market, is to undertake worldwide research among its entire buyer and supplier database. This will establish, twice a year, qualitative data and information on volume and value trends, as well as on the major issues affecting the industry. Craig...

  • Collier departs for London City Airport

    London City Airport (LCY) has announced that CEO, Richard Gooding OBE, is to step down from his...

  • CAR Completes Licensing Renewals

    The Commission for Aviation Regulation has completed the autumn 2011 licensing round for tour operators and travel agents. The CAR received 113 valid travel agent applications and 50 valid tour operator applications. Overall, 109 travel agent and 50 tour operator licences were issued from renewing applicants by 3rd November 2011. Five new...

  • Emirates Offers 10 Per Cent Commission

    To celebrate the launch of its daily Dublin – Dubai service from 9th January 2012, Emirates is offering travel agents the opportunity to double their commission to 10% in November and December. To qualify you must register at bonuscommission@emirates.com by Wednesday 30th November 2011. You need to book and ticket 30% or...