Tourism Ireland welcomes new Transavia flight from Paris to Dublin for summer 2015

Transavia-flightTourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Transavia (the low cost airline owned by the Air France-KLM group) of a new, year-round, daily flight from Paris-Orly Airport to Dublin, beginning in June 2015.

This is the first time that Transavia will fly to a northern European destination.


Ireland is not currently served from Orly Airport – so the new service represents an important opportunity for both leisure and business tourism from the all-important French market.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The announcement by Transavia of a new flight from Paris to Dublin is more good news for Irish tourism and will certainly help boost both leisure and business travel from France to Ireland in 2015.


We look forward to working closely with Transavia to maximise the promotion of the new flight. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.


Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Transavia, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for this new service – as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island.”

Niall Gibbons continued: “2014 looks set to be another record year for tourism from France. Right now, we are planning a busy programme of promotions for 2015, to keep the momentum growing and build on this year’s growth.


We look forward to welcoming many more French visitors in 2015 and beyond.”

Latest estimates indicate that, by the end of 2014, the island of Ireland will have welcomed 445,000 French visitors – representing another record year for this important tourism market.

SAS and Etihad Airways Announce Codeshare Plans

SASSAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to begin codeshare operations and provide customers with enhanced travel options between Scandinavia and the UAE.

The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approval, will strengthen both carriers by enabling them to offer greater connectivity to and from a number of key European cities. SAS is Etihad Airways’ 47th airline partnership globally and its 22nd in Europe. For SAS, Etihad is the 23rd codeshare partner and the third with strong presence in the Middle East.

Both airlines will also develop and sign a Frequent Flyer agreement, which will benefit the members of Etihad Airways’ Etihad Guest and SAS’ EuroBonus loyalty programs.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy Officer, said: “This codeshare agreement with SAS will improve flight connections to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as a number of important secondary cities across Scandinavia, greatly enhancing travel options and connections for air travellers and deepening our ties with Europe and European carriers.”

“Partnerships like this one with SAS are central to Etihad Airways’ strategy and we look forward to placing the SK code on our flights to and from Abu Dhabi, and welcoming their passengers aboard our aircraft.”

The deal will see SAS place its SK code on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Zurich, Geneva and London Heathrow.

In turn, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on SAS-operated flights from these European destinations, excluding Brussels, onto SAS’ hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm.

The EY code will also be placed on flights beyond Copenhagen to Billund and Ålesund; beyond Oslo to Ålesund, Kristiansand, Trondheim, and Stavanger; and beyond Stockholm to Umeå, Sundsvall, and Östersund.

Eivind Roald, SAS’ Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very pleased to announce this new codeshare cooperation with Etihad Airways and look forward to increase traffic between Scandinavia and the Middle East.”

“Tourism and trade between our regions have increased over the years, and we are happy offer the benefits of both SAS and Etihad Airways to our travellers.


From seven of SAS’ main European airports we can offer a high quality product with Etihad Airways to and from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.”

“We also look forward to welcoming passengers from Etihad Airways onboard giving them the true and appreciated SAS experience delivered the Scandinavian way where we focus on making life easier for frequent travellers.”

Flybe Boosts Winter Schedule From Belfast City With New Liverpool Service

flybe-logoFlybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today announced that from 2nd February 2015 it will operate a new year round service from Belfast City Airport to Liverpool Airport offering a choice of up to three flights a day

Seats are on sale now at from £24.99 one way including taxes and charges.


In line with its commitment to providing unrivalled regional connectivity, the airline sees this as an additional convenient link between two major UK cities.


Flybe has been serving the community in Northern Ireland for some 30 years, with flights direct into Belfast City.


The airport is a short ten minute drive right into the heart of the business district, delivering a significant time saving for business travellers and again showing that Flybe is the ‘fastest way from A to Flybe’.


Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are committed to providing easy and affordable connectivity throughout the UK at competitive prices with maximum flexibility and choice.


“Flybe has, over the last twelve months, undergone a significant overhaul of the business and this has resulted in a more cost-effective, efficient and flexible operation, enabling us to increase the number of routes we can offer to better serve the travelling needs of both our business and leisure customers from a convenient airport.”


Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport, added:  “We have worked closely with Flybe over the years to provide our passengers with a high frequency domestic route network to destinations throughout the UK such as Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle, and most recently London City which is already performing particularly well.


“Liverpool is a welcome addition to our network.


The frequency and times of the flight is suited to both leisure and business passengers who will also benefit from competitive fares as a result of the increase in passenger numbers the airline has experienced this year.


“Featuring heavily within their growth strategy, we look forward to continuing our relationship with Flybe and further strengthening our route network from Belfast City Airport.”


New Route Schedule
Belfast City (BHD) – Liverpool (LPL)
Effective for year-round travel from 2nd February 2015


Dep BHD  0700  Arr LPL 0745 Dep LPL 0825 Arr BHD 0915
Dep BHD  1245 Arr LPL 1335 Dep LPL 1400 Arr BHD 1450
Dep BHD  1915 Arr LPL 2005  Dep LPL 2030 Arr BHD 2120
Dep BHD 0825 Arr LPL 0915  Dep LPL 0940 Arr BHD 1030
Dep BHD  1915 Arr LPL 2005  Dep LPL 2030 Arr BHD 2120


With the addition of this new route to Liverpool, Flybe offers a total of 15 routes from Belfast City Airport with a choice of up to 526 flights week.

Bangkok Airways receives first of nine ATR 72-600s on orde

NewATR-300x200Bangkok Airways, ATR’s long-term and loyal customer, today took delivery of its first ATR 72-600s at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France. The handover marked a key milestone in the carrier’s development as it plans to take delivery of nine new ATR aircraft from now until 2017.


The new-comer will join Bangkok Airways’ existing fleet of ATR 72-500s and will be operated on the airline’s expanding network of domestic and regional services.

The introduction of these new 70-seat ATR 72-600s, the most fuel efficient aircraft in their category, will contribute to Bangkok Airways’ economic performance in the long run as the airline expands its fleet capacity and widens the scope of its activity.


These new generation ATRs are equipped with a new full-glass cockpit and feature a high comfort layout with larger overhead bins. The ATR 72-600s are not only known for their reliability and technology but are also the top-selling turboprop aircraft on the market.

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways, stated: “Today’s delivery is part of Bangkok Airways’ strategy of matching our growing network and frequency requirements with the right aircraft


. Choosing ATR for our regional operations is a logical step.

The ATR aircraft has the lowest seat-mile cost in its class, is ideally suited for regional and domestic operations, and enables us to provide the highest level of comfort and service to our customers.

By focusing on quality service and comfort, Bangkok Airways does its utmost to ensure the best passenger experience and these improvements on the new ATR 600s’ well in line with this strategy.”

Patrick de Castelbajac, Chief Executive Officer of ATR said: “ATR and Bangkok Airways have a very productive and long-term relationship. We are delighted to further contribute to the development of Bangkok Airways, especially in the period of growth for the airline. We are fully confident that the ATR -600s are the best possible aircraft for companies committed to optimizing costs while ensuring a great flight experience for their passengers.


These new aircraft will offer superior performance, economics, passenger cabin comfort and in-service reliability”.

There are currently more than 300 ATR aircraft in operation in Asia-Pacific, flying the colors of more than 50 airlines.

In recent years, ATR has emerged as the preferred choice of Asian airlines when it comes to regional aircraft.

ATR has taken orders for 430 aircraft from airlines in Asia-Pacific since 2005, a figure that accounts for two-thirds of total sales of regional aircraft below 90 seats in the region.

Source:- Bangkok Airways

Delta Vacations offers exclusive savings on top resorts for Black Friday

Delta-Vacation (1)Delta Vacations, the official vacations provider for Delta Air Lines, is giving travel agents a head start on Black Friday offering exclusive savings to top resorts in Mexico and the

Beginning today, travel agents can save their clients up to $750 and earn up to 10,000 bonus miles per person when they book air and hotel vacation packages to select resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

The sale runs through 11:59 p.m., Dec. 1 for bookings at participating AMResorts, Barceló Hotels and Resorts, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts and Karisma Hotels and Resorts in Riviera Maya, Montego Bay and Punta Cana. The travel window is November 27 through September 30, 2015.

The promotional code is DVBFRIDAY14 and travel agents receive full commission when booking this offer for their clients.

Hotel and resort participating in Delta Vacations’ exclusive Black Friday Sale are Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa; Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe; Barceló Maya Tropical and Colonial; Barceló Maya Beach and Caribe; Iberostar Paraiso Maya; El Dorado Casita a Gourmet Inclusive Resort, by Karisma; Generations Riviera Maya a Gourmet Inclusive Resort, by Karisma; Secrets St. James Montego Bay; Iberostar Rose Hall Suites; Breathless Punta Cana Resort and Spa; Barceló Bávaro Beach; Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe; and Iberostar

In partnership with Delta Air Lines, Delta Vacations brings its travel agency partners and their clients superior levels of service, more ways to earn bonus miles, redeemable miles for Award Travel, and a Best Price guarantee for their vacation packages.

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