For week ending October 28th
While we are going to say farewell to October there is plenty of news rolling in from Ireland and the rest of the world in the travel industry: in airline news, we have seen Beannchor Group opening Magic Bullitt, the Ireland hippiest hotel and Marriott planning to debut its eco-friendly brand in Egypt; in airline news, our attention was captured by the UK government taking the decision to support Heathrow for a third runway and WOW Air opening a direct service between Cork and North America..
Wow Air pops Cork with new flights
The carrier will offer connections to the US and Canada four times a week via Reykjavik from May 19, with single fares to North America starting at €149. The Cork route follows the arrival of the airline in Dublin in 2014, when it became the first budget carrier to offer transatlantic services there. Commenting on the news, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, said: “The opening of a direct service between Cork and North America via Reykjavik is a significant boost for Cork Airport and the entire Cork region.”
DAA seeks bids for development of Terminal 2 hotel
The DAA is seeking expressions of interest for the development and operation of a 402-bedroom hotel at Terminal 2. The hotel would employ 250 people, while a further 150 jobs would be created in the construction phase. Planning permission for an 11-storey hotel at the site has been granted, and the DAA intends for construction to begin next October, with the hotel expected to open in 2019. It would be Ireland’s fourth largest hotel, with a total floor area of 22,840 square metres, with an extensive bar, restaurant, café and conference facilities and a fitness suite.
CityJet reaches deal with Stobart Group to base aircraft at London Southend Airport
Irish airline CityJet has reached an agreement with Stobart Group, the operator of regional airline Stobart Air, to base aircraft at its London Southend Airport from next summer. The deal, which will see the creation of up to 80 jobs in the region, means CityJet will operate a number of routes from the airport to European destinations.
Magic Bullitt, the Ireland's hippest new hotel
The Bullitt Belfast is the latest venture from the Beannchor Group: the £7 million (€7.75m) hotel is inspired by the timeless cool of Steve McQueen. Rooms start from £120 (€132), and designers have gone for a fit-out that blurs the lines between work and play, reflecting the way urban travellers increasingly use hotels as hangouts, work spaces and accommodation.
Aer Lingus removes man 'abusing' Muslim passengers from flight
The incident took place on flight EI0330 from Dublin to Berlin last Sunday. Before taking off, a passenger showed abusive behaviour against two other Muslim passengers. The crew reacted promptly to stop him, and the passenger was removed from the flight.
US pilots willing to halt hostility to Norwegian Air's Irish route plan
America's largest pilot union has said it will drop its opposition to a plan by Norwegian Air International to use Ireland as a base to serve America if the carrier formally tells the US Department of Transportation that it will only hire crew on US or Irish contracts.
Thetford Travelodge opens in Norfolk
Travelodge has opened its first hotel in Thetford, built on the site of the famous Anchor Hotel featured in Dad’s Army. The 18th century coaching inn was the site of the 1970’s sitcom’s first-ever scene, filmed in the Anchor’s Norvic Room in 1968. The site was demolished by Breckland District Council in 2012 and replaced by an £8 million leisure complex, of which Thetford Travelodge is now part.
Icelandair joins Airlines for Europe
Icelandair has joined Airlines for Europe, the Europe’s new and largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association now consists of Aegean, airBaltic, Air France KLM, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group, Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and Volotea, and plans to grow further.
ANA and Vietnam Airlines enter new partnership
All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Vietnam Airlines will begin code sharing on ten international routes linking Japan and Vietnam, along with 25 domestic routes in both countries, starting October 30. In addition to the routes, the two airlines have entered a frequent flyer partnership that will enable ANA Mileage Club and Lotusmiles members to accrue air miles on codeshare flights. Members will also be able to redeem rewards on all flights marketed and operated by the two carriers.
Heathrow Airport chosen by UK government for expansion
The UK government has finally chosen Heathrow for the location of an extra runway. The Department for Transport has claimed that the new runway will bring economic benefits to passengers and the wider economy worth up to £61 billion. Up to 77,000 additional local jobs are expected to be created over the next 14 years and the airport has committed to create 5,000 new apprenticeships over the same period. The total cost of Heathrow airport is estimated at around £18bn but will be mainly paid for by the private sector. The true cost expansion to the taxpayers is not being divulged by the government but the commission report estimated a £5bn bill for new roads and rail links, while Transport for London put the potential cost as being as high as £18.4bn.
British Airways launches Apple Pay through app
British Airways has added Apple Pay to its iPhone app, allowing customers to store payment card details and pay for flights with just the swipe of the finger. The payment option is available for purchases made using UK billed cards, for British Airways flights departing UK airports, although BA intends to roll it out to include customers departing other airports flying to the UK “over the coming months”.