Weekly Travel Roundup October 21st

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Travel News 21 Oct 2016

For week ending October 21st

This week we all heard a lot of noise around Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned by major airlines over fire risks, but there is plenty of exciting news rolling in from Ireland and the rest of the world in the travel industry: three Irish hotels have secured top spots in the Condé Nast Best Hotels of the World awards, Aer Lingus launches a very attractive schools' art competition and Etihad announces an additional daily year-round service between Dublin and Abu Dhabi.. All this and much more in our weekly news round-up!

Irish hotel named best in the world by Condé Nast

Three Irish hotels have secured top spots in the Condé Nast Best Hotels of the World awards, with Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois taking the acclaimed top spot. Two other Irish hotels also featured in the top 10 of the annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice AwardsWaterford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle. The hotel shared the news on their Facebook page, saying: “It has been a fantastic week for us. Conde Nast have awarded us #1 Best Hotel in the World - Thank you to Condé Nast, the readers, our guests and our amazing team at Ballyfin.”

Aer Lingus launches schools' art competition

Aer Lingus is calling on primary schools across Northern Ireland to enter their ninth Art for Schools' Competition, where they will be giving away their biggest prize to date. The challenge, open to all school children in primaries four, five and six, is to take a London landmark and give it an Aer Lingus makeover. Not only will the winning class be flown by Aer Lingus from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow for a day-long visit to the city but they will also take a breathtaking flight on the London Eye, visit the London Sea Life Aquarium and round the day off by meeting their favourite DreamWorks characters, at Shrek's Adventure London.

Etihad Goes Back to Double Daily Service at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has welcomed the announcement by Etihad Airways to return to a double daily, year-round service between Abu Dhabi and Dublin from April 1, 2017. This additional service reflects Etihad Airways' long-term commitment to the Dublin route and coincides with the airline's 10th anniversary of flying between Dublin and Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways also announced that it will move its existing Dublin service from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 from January 24 next.

Ryanair obtains retail licence for School Travel

Ryanair has launched their new Ryanair School Travel website, which includes a dedicated booking platform and support team, offering Irish schools more choice and the lowest prices, helping both school groups and parents save money by booking directly with Ryanair. 

Low cost airline Transavia announces new Dublin Munich route

Transavia, the low cost airline of the Air France KLM Group, has announced it is starting direct flights between Dublin and Munich 3 times a week starting in April 2017. Only a year after starting the connections between Dublin and Paris, Transavia has expanded their Irish services. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned by major airlines all across the world

Effective Saturday 15 October, the US Department of Transportation has imposed a total ban on the carriage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone on any aircraft due to incidents of the phones spontaneously bursting into flames. The current list of airlines to have a complete ban are Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Air Berlin, Lufthansa, all airlines in Japan and all US airlines. British Airways has a complete ban of these phones on flights to / from USA / Canada and HKG.

British Airways to launch Heathrow-New Orleans route

The new route from Heathrow to New Orleans will start next March with flights operating four times a week. It’s the first time the carrier has operated flights to The Big Easy since the early 1980s, when it served New Orleans from Gatwick airport.

Emirates could cut Africa flights in face of economic challenges

Emirates thinks about reducing the frequency of flights to Africa or cutting routes entirely if current economic and financial challenges on the continent continue. Emirates has expanded rapidly in Africa to benefit from increased demand that accompanied growing links between the Middle East and the continent, as well as cater to passengers flying to and from Asia. However, airlines flying to Nigeria have started to refuel abroad because jet fuel supplies.

Hong Kong International Airport to build a mega Skycity

Hong Kong Airport Authority (HKAA) has announced that it will develop a huge integrated complex near Terminal 2 at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The 668,000 sqm mega integrated development, Skycity, will consist of a hotel offering 450 to 750 rooms, along with retail, dining and entertainment facilities. Five key concepts will be highlighted, including cybertainment, a gourmet kingdom, edutainment, action and excitement, and events.