For week ending November 4th
Winter has definitely arrived in Ireland and while we moved into November there was plenty of news happening in the travel industry: In Ireland Belfast City Airport has launched a new ski route to Salzburg and Aer Lingus is set to introduce high-speed wifi to the short-haul fleets next summer, in the rest of the world we have seen KLM going back to London City Airport after eight years, Emirates introducing extra services on New Zealand routes and many other exciting news. Catch up on the top stories below and find out what happened in the travel industry over the past week!
Aer Lingus unveils summer 2017 options from Belfast City
Aer Lingus has today unveiled its Summer 2017 schedule flying from George Best Belfast City Airport, with an attractive combination of weekend city break and summer holiday options to mainland Europe and London. Northern Ireland holidaymakers can fly direct from the city to their favourite sun destinations including Alicante, Malaga, Faro and Palma, in addition to London Heathrow.
New Ski Route to Salzburg from Belfast City
George Best Belfast City Airport has launched a new ski route to Salzburg, in conjunction with leading ski holiday operators Topflight and Crystal Ski Holidays. Starting on Christmas Eve and running every Saturday until March 11, 2017, the weekly Aer Lingus charter flight will provide direct access for local passengers to a wide range of Austria’s finest ski resorts.
Ireland set to send a record 1,755k visitors to Spain in 2016
Irish visits to Spain will reach a record 1,755k in 2016 if current trends continue. Visitor numbers to the end of August are up 27.4pc on 2015. Spain’s statistical unit reports that 1,245,767 Irish tourists travelled to Spain in the first eight months of the year. Spain attracted 1,377,965 Irish visitors in 2015.
IAG airlines to launch wifi on short haul flights
From next summer, International Airlines Group (IAG) will introduce high-speed wifi to the short-haul fleets of its four carriers, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling. IAG has teamed up with Inmarsat to provide the technology. The airline group is to be the launch customer for the UK firm’s European Aviation Network air-to-ground connectivity, which provides a 4G broadband service.
Emirates introduces extra A380 services on New Zealand routes
Emirates has introduced its A380 aircraft on two routes to New Zealand from Dubai. The airline’s step-up in capacity on both its Christchurch and Auckland services means that Emirates now has an all-A380 offering across its five daily New Zealand services.
Norwegian launches ‘UK’s cheapest’ flight to Las Vegas
The European airline will operate the twice-weekly direct service from Gatwick, with fares starting from £179. Las Vegas is Norwegian’s third long-haul route to launch from Gatwick this year, alongside Oakland – San Francisco and Boston.
KLM will be back to London City Airport
KLM is to return to London City eight years after it stopped serving the airport and will launch a daily service from February 2017. The plan is to increase the service to four daily on weekdays and “one to two” flights on a weekend. The flights will be operated by KLM Cityhopper using Embraer 190, which can carry up to 100 passengers.
British Airways launches Gatwick-Oakland route
British Airways is launching a new service to Oakland, San Francisco Bay. The new route is expected to start on March 28 and will be the airline’s first route from Gatwick to California, and fifth from London to the ‘Golden State’. The route will be served by a 777-200ER aircraft operating four-days a week.