For week ending October 7th
This week's wrap up is jam packed with industry updates. As we move through October there is plenty of activity happening in the travel industry in Ireland: Dublin and Shannon won top awards at the World Routes Awards 2016, Aer Lingus will start serving New England and Dalata Hotel Group has agreed to acquire the operating lease of the former Burlington Hotel. Read all about business travel in our weekly news round-up.
Dublin Airport Wins Global Aviation Industry Award
Dublin Airport has won a major global aviation industry marketing award. The airport was named the 2016 World Routes Award winner for airports in the 20-50 million passengers per year category at the World Routes conference in Chengdu, China. This is the second time in three years that Dublin Airport has won the award, having been shortlisted for the award three years in a row.
Shannon Airport Wins ‘Best Marketing of an Airport’ Award
Shannon Airport’s global standing as a leading international airport in its class has been reinforced with its selection as winner of the World Routes Marketing Awards 2016 for airports under four million passengers. For the second time in three years the airport claimed the ‘Best Marketing of Airports’ award at an overnight event at the New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Other shortlisted airports in the category were Halifax International, Aruba, Belfast City Airport and Cork Airport.
Aer Lingus Service to New England
The airline now offers a year-round service from Dublin direct to Hartford, Connecticut, in the heart of New England. Aer Lingus inaugural flight EI131 to New England took off on a Boeing 757 this week from Dublin airport.
Kuwait Airways Extends JFK Transit Flight Through Shannon
Shannon Airport has announced that Kuwait Airways is to extend its Kuwait-New York JFK stopover in Shannon through to 2017 and that the airline will double frequencies in the interim.The service began operating three times weekly from the end of June for a planned four-month period but the airline has now committed to extending the service until 15th February 2017, with the frequencies set to double to six weekly from 31st October.
Dalata Hotel Group to acquire the operating lease of the former Burlington Hotel
The country’s largest hotel operator, Dalata Hotel Group, has agreed to acquire the operating lease of the former Burlington Hotel. Dalata has struck a €2.5m deal to operate the landmark DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin 4 for 25 years. The agreement will see Dalata lease the hotel from German investment fund, Deka, which has reached a deal to purchase the property from Blackstone which put the property up for sale with a €180m price tag in August
Dublin Airport makes further progress on securing direct service to China
The chairwoman of the Ireland China Business Association, Susan Barrett, said recently that the lack of a direct air link between the two countries represents a "significant barrier" to the further development of trade between Ireland and China. However, she told the 'Ireland China Trade Journal' that she expects such a route to be established "in the not too distant future". The number of visitors from China to the island of Ireland rose 11pc in 2015 to over 44,000.
Transavia to open new Dublin-Munich service in 2017
Budget airline Transavia plans to launch a Dublin-Munich service from next year as part of its summer schedule.Transavia will fly three times a week and is hoping to attract leisure and business travellers to the service
AerCap delivers A350-900 to LATAM
AerCap delivered a new Airbus A350-900 to LATAM Airlines Group: the aircraft was transferred to LATAM Airlines at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. AerCap has one of the largest Airbus A350XWB portfolios with a total of seven owned and another 22 on order aircraft.