For week ending October 14th
Last week was another big week full of travel industry news which you can read about below. Top stories include Cork Airport announcing new direct flights to Verona and Dusselfdorf as well as Malaysia Airlines partnering with Liverpool FC and Ryanair changing its check-in policy. Read all about business travel and make sure you don't miss out on anything!
Ryanair would provide third airport terminal
Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, told a gathering that included Government ministers that his airline would provide a third terminal at Dublin Airport for €200 million.There is speculation that Dublin Airport will need a third terminal if growth continues at the pace that saw it handle a record 25 million passengers last year.
Shannon Airport announces new direct flight to Stockholm
Scandinavian Airlines' (SAS) new direct route will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from August 1 to October 7, 2017. The service brings to 35 the number of destinations from Shannon, and opens up a connecting hub in Scandiniavia - albeit briefly.
Cork Airport announces new direct flights to Verona, Italy
Volotea, the Spanish low-cost carrier, will operate a weekly scheduled service between Cork and Verona-Villafranca Airport from June to September, 2017. The route will be operated on Boeing 717 narrow-body aircraft, adding a total of 4,600 seats to Cork's summer schedule next year.
New Düsseldorf service takes off from Cork Airport
The new Aer Lingus service between Cork and Düsseldorf is now underway with the official launch taking place at Cork Airport. The German Ambassador to Ireland H.E Matthias Höpfner officially launched the new service and was one of the first passengers to fly to Düsseldorf
Ryanair changes check-in policy
From the 1st of November customers who do not wish to reserve their preferred seat, can check-in online or on the mobile app free of charge between 4 days and 2 hours before departure and will be allocated a random seat.
Dublin now the fastest-growing large airport in Europe
Dublin was the fastest-growing large European airport during August, with passenger numbers rising by 9pc that month to just under three million, according to new data from Airports Council International (ACI). In the eight months to the end of August, it handled 18.9 million passengers, 12pc more than that in the corresponding period in 2015. It's on track to handle 27 million passengers this year, and could even approach 28 million.
British Airways increases London City services to Germany
British Airways is to add 34,000 extra seats on its routes from London City airport to Hamburg and Dusseldorf this winter. The carrier will increase the frequency of its LCY-Dusseldorf service from three to four times-daily From October 30
Gatwick welcomes new agreement to double flights with China
Gatwick Airport has welcomed the new agreement between the UK and Chinese governments to more than double the number of permitted flights between China and the UK. Under the new deal passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100, helping to boost tourism and trade opportunities for the UK.
Malaysia Airlines announces partnership with Liverpool FC
Malaysia Airlines has become the official global airline partner of Liverpool Football Club, a deal which includes advertising exposure for the carrier at Liverpool home games at Anfield Stadium and on the club’s website and social media. Malaysia will also get LFC merchandising rights and the ability to use the club’s players to represent the airline as ambassadors.
London City Airport introduces full-body scanners
London City Airport has completed the first UK trial of the Quick Personnel Security scanner R&S QPS200 from Rohde & Schwarz. The scanners are now ready to screen passengers. The body scanners differ from existing scanners as passengers stand with their arms slightly away from their body while the equipment completes a full body scan.