- Things to know about Travel this week
- Ryanair closes its Ryanair Holidays programme after two months
- Michael O’Leary declares war on the second cabin bag
- Grenham Travel and Shandon Travel are agents of the year
- Mid 2018 before Dublin is ready for Emirates A380
- Hurtigruten;’s Tromso charter returns for 2018
- Dalata rebrands four more Clayton hotels
Travel Extra TV
- See how Qantas mascot Matilda celebrated Australia Day this week. Watch here.
- The first Airbus A330neo get its livery spruced up with a paint job. Watch here.
- Michael O’Leary was asked about Donald Trump at a media briefing in Dublin. Watch here what he had to say.
- British Airways posted a 360º tour of Madrid. Watch here.
- Employees at Emirates celebrated India’s 68th republic day. Watch here.
- Watch how Qantas reverse parks its A380 at its LAX hangar. Watch here.
- Qatar Airways put together a highlights video of the opening of its lounge in Paris. Watch here.
- Tourism Ireland published a “dawn to dusk” timelapse showcasing Ireland’s Ancient East. Watch here.
- See Tourism NI’s promo for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Portstewart. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
Just when we thought it was safe to go back to the departure gate, an aside by Michael O’Leary at his media briefing in Dublin said that Ryanair is about to redeclare war on the second cabin bag. Watch here what he had to say.
A busy first two days of Dublin Holiday World included an appearance by the O’Donovan brothers at the DAA sponsored Eoghan Corry travel summit. Kathryn Thomas gave the opening interview on her life in travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Ryanair closed its Ryanair Holidays service just over a month after it launched. A message on the channel says the platform had been suspended “because of illegal screenscraping and mis-selling of Ryanair flights by the technology provider”. There was some surpisie when tour operator Logitravel and accommodation service World2Meet were named at the launch as the backbone behind the new Ryanair Holidays service, including personnel from the failed Lowcost. group In a statement, Ryanair says the agreement was terminated with the software provider after it “was found to be unlawfully scraping Ryanair’s low fares. Ryanair apologises to its customers for any inconvenience caused but re-emphasized that it will not allow any 3rd party software provider to ‘screen-scrape’ and unlawfully re-sell Ryanair’s low fares.”
“Let’s all calm down.” Watch here comments by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary about the Aer Lingus catering department’s involvement in an immigration scam during briefing for media in Dublin on Ryanair’s plans. Watch here as he explains he is close to a deal with Norwegian & Aer Lingus. Watch here as he says he expects Ryanair to carry 130m passengers in 2017. Watch here Michael O’Leary’s full briefing for media in Dublin on Ryanair’s plans for 2017 (without Q&A). Watch here Kenny Jacobs full briefing for media in Dublin on Ryanair’s plans for 2017 (without Q&A). Watch here comments on his meeting with minister Shane Ross which stressed need for lower costs at Dublin airport. Watch here criticism of the incentive scheme at Dublin Airport. Watch here criticism of the proposed wet lease deal between Lufthansa and Air Berlin in Germany. Watch here comments on how implosion of Air Berlin will help Ryanair gain market share in Germany. Watch here as Michael explains why Ryanair went to Frankfurt. Watch here comments on the implications of Brexit for European aviation. Watch here comments on the impact of weaker sterling. Listen here to full audio from press conference.
Thomas McNally won the supplier representative of the year at the Irish Travel Industry awards in the Mansion House, Dublin. Grenham Travel in Athlone and Shandon Travel in Cork won the travel agency awards. See full list of award winners here. The majority of Irish travel agents saw a rise in business last year. Watch here the citation by ITAA president Cormac Meehan and speech and speech as Liam Keller was presented with the contribution to the industry award at the Irish travel industry awards.
CEO of London City airport Declan Collier expects Cityjet’s Superjet will be flying to London by March 2018 & Bombardier C series will be there this summer, extending the airport’s range four fold to destinations like Toronto, Lagos, the Stans, watch here. For full audio listen here to press conference. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Worldchoice Ireland Conference is to be held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway on Nov 18th 2017.
Finnair awarded its GSA contract to Catherine Grennell-Whyte’s ATTS.
Yvonne Gordon is the Travel Extra Irish travel writer of the year, with category awards: Young journalist/Newcomer sponsored by Falcon Holidays: Conor Haugh, Myanmar, Sunday Independent, Home holiday sponsored by Failte Ireland: Yvonne Gordon Sunday Times, Lighthouses Ballycotton , Northern Ireland sponsored by NITB: Jasper Winn, country walking , Spain sponsored by the Spanish Tourist Board: lsabel Conway, Tenerife walking, Irish Ezaminer, Language school in Salamanca, Sunday World, Broadcast sponsored by Cassidy Travel: Mary Fanning/Mary Kennedy, RTE Nationwide, Food in Derry , Ski sponsored by Topflight: Catherine Murphy, chalet girl, Daily Mail , New Media sponsored by Clliackandgo: Janet Newnham journalist on the run , Sun Holidays sponsored by Sunway: Madeleine Keane, Malta & Gozo, Sunday Independent,, Short breaks sponsored by Malta Tourist Authority: Jamie Blake Knox, Sunday Independent , Long haul sponsored by Turkish Airlines: Dara Flynn, Toronto, Sunday Times , Overall sponsored by Uniworld Rivercruise: Yvonne Gordon. Watch here Cormac Meehan’s speech at the event. Watch here tribute to Travel Extra founding editor Gerry O’Hare at the travel writer of the year awards.
Japan Airlines launched a charter service that will allow dogs in the main cabin. This follows on from the pet-only airline that began to allow humans (when suitably supervised and housebroken, of course). Spirit Airlines allows pets in-cabin during certain flights (provided they are “harmless, inoffensive, odourless, and require no attention in-flight”- can we get the same rules for human passengers?) as do Turkish Airlines, and Porter Airlines.
A Spirit stewardess announced: You guys are going to the Women’s March, right? Let’s get a round of applause for all the nasty women on board. Stay safe, stay hydrated, have a good time, watch out for your fellow sisters. Just remember, we don’t take no ‘ish’ from no man
Foreign minister Charlie Flanagan introduced an enhanced on-line application tracking service for Irish passports, allowing applicants to a track progress of their application with a progress bar animation and a web-chat social media service.
Australia is to use facial recognition rather than passports to process arrivals by March 2019.
The US Embassy in Dublin has confirmed that a 90-day ban on people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is in operation at the US Immigration pre-clearance facility in Dublin and Shannon airports after an executive order by US President Donald Trump.
Mammoth has received a record-breaking 20.5 feet of snow this January and will stay open until July 4:
Caracas, Venezuela was named the most dangerous city in the world with 119.87 murders per 100,000 people, 3,946 altogether
Lanzarote opened Europe’s first underwater museum.
Food & Beverage
Pablo Picante has signed a long-term lease agreement to open its fourth restaurant at Aston Quay in March 2017.
Cava Gasto Pub opened on Tullow Street in Carlow
Lobstar lobster and steak bistro opened in Monkstown,
Lillie’s Bordello and Porterhouse Central recorded operating profits of €120,000.
Jerry Conlan bought the Globe Bar and nightclub for €3m.
Diageo sales are up 14.5pc to €6,421k and 28pc to 2,065m.
Harvey’s Point near Donegal town was named Ireland;s best hotel for the fifth successive year and tenth in Europe in the Tripadvisor reader’s choice awards.
Dalata are rebranding Clayton Hotel Burlington Road (formerly Double Tree Hilton Burlington Road); Clayton Hotel Limerick (formerly Clarion Hotel Limerick); Clayton Hotel Cork City (formerly Clarion Hotel Cork City); and the Clayton Hotel Sligo (formerly Clarion Hotel Sligo).
Donald Trump has resigned as director of Trump International Hotel in Doonbeg
Airbnb claimed it generated 403,500 inbound guests to Dublin spending €221m was €4,900.
Pat McDonagh, owner of Limerick’s Castletroy Park Hotel is to invest €9m and add 30 bedrooms.
Ryanair launched new winter routes from Dublin to Tours 2w and Valencia 2w.
As of last week Etihad departures to Abu Dhabi from Dublin are from Terminal 1 and the airfcraft will leave the 300 gates.
Michael O’Leary said he expected Ryanair fares to fall 3pc in 2017.
Cityjet acquired Cimber from SAS.
A survey by the Central Bank suggested Ireland now has 1,132 aviation leasing firms.
It will be mid 2018 before Emirates can bring their A380 to Dublin airport, Enda Corneille told the Eoghan Corry travel summit at the holiday world show in Dublin.
Norwegian leapfrogged Southwest as the first 737 Max operator.
AerCap said it expected more wide body deferrals. Aercap amended and extended two term loan facilities for the total amount of $2.25bn.
Avolon expanded its owned and managed fleet by 72pc% to 262 aircraft in 2016.
CityJet signed a conditional purchase agreement for six CRJ900 aircraft, and has taken options on another four.
CAR published the draft decision on the interim review of the 2014 determination of the maximum level of airport charges at Dublin airport.
I baked cupcakes to fund my pilot lessons, Lisa Cusack shared her story.
Ryanair’s announced a new Luxemburg-Barcelona route. Routes from Germany wlil be announced in the first half of February and from Stansted in late February.
Unite members who work for BA’s Mixed Fleet operation are to strike for two sets of three days, between Sunday February 5 and Thursday February 9.
Hurtigruten are to run another Northern nights charter rom Dublin direct to Tromso in 2018.
Star Clippers 300-passenger Flying Clipper will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018 instead of late 2017.
President of Holland America Line Orlando Ashford has just been elected chair of The Executive Leadership Council
Carnival Horizon will spend its first year in 2018 sailing from Barcelona, New York and Miami.
Beginning, past passengers sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line is to add two more tiers to its Latitudes Rewards loyalty programme from February 3.
Viking Cruises took delivery of Viking Sky, the third ship in the line’s new ocean fleet, from Fincantieri Shipyard in Ancona.
Fáilte Ireland is to install ‘story panels’ along Wild Atlantic Way.
Westport House has been sold to the Hughes family who own Hotel Westport.
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What we learned
Noise envelopes. Apparently they are what airports put noise in and post it to your friends and relatives.
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