Irish Route Network

The Irish Aviation Research Institute is a great resource for information on the irish airline industry and they continue this with the launch of the up to date list of routes to and from Ireland.

Check it out here

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Etihad to bring in WiFi on Dublin Route

Etihad, already a strong player in the Irish market due to its involvement with Aer Lingus and strong routes from Dublin are adding an extra string to their bow. They are introducing wifi on all their long haul flights including from Dublin. The frist flight to Brussels with wifi and mobile phone connectivity took place last week and more and more of the A330 planes are being fitted

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “‘Etihad Wi-Fly’ is a result of the 10-year, $1bn agreement we signed with Panasonic Avionics in November 2011. We continue to invest in our product and consider ways to offer our guests the most engaging and dynamic inflight entertainment options. The broadband Internet is high-speed, in line with what our guests would experience at home or at work, so we believe this will be hugely popular. By the end of Q1 2013, we will have 10 ‘Etihad Wi-Fly’-equipped aircraft, and I am pleased to announce that by the end of 2014, every single Etihad Airways aircraft will be equipped for inflight connectivity.”

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New Routes from Dublin

The DAA welcomes Aer Lingus’ announcement to commence a weekly service to Corfu and to fly 6 flights weekly to Copenhagen next summer.  In addition the airline plans to increase frequencies on a number of existing routes across their schedule.

Welcoming Aer Lingus’ announcement today Robert Hilliard, Chief Operations Officer said “New routes and increased frequencies strengthen Dublin Airport’s position in terms of choice for passengers whether they are originating here or overseas.

An extra 15% in capacity on their transatlantic schedule, amounting to 112,000 more seats is a significant and welcome boost for passengers intending to travel to these destinations next year,” Mr. Hilliard added.

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New Lounge in Dublin T1

Following the closure of the BMI lounge in T1 at Dublin, the DAA are reporting that they are opening a new temporary lounge while the old BMI lounge is being redeveloped  The lounge is the old Gold Circle Lounge in the 300s gates which makes a lot of sense as that where the majority of its users would be departing from on British Airways, Lufthansa and others.

Passenger lounge in Terminal 1

The spacious new facility will temporarily replace the existing T1 lounge spaces, which are closing for major redevelopment. The temporary lounge is situated in the upper pavilion of the 300 Gates area – formerly known as Pier B – and can be accessed by lift or stairs adjacent to the Gate Clock Bar and Wrights of Howth.

The existing BMI lounge in Terminal 1 will close from today. Work is scheduled to begin in January on a major redesign of the terminal’s lounge facilities.

The new temporary lounge is located in the former Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge at Pier B. It will be used by business class and other qualifying passengers flying with British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss and Turkish Airlines, all of whom depart from the 300 Gates. Lounge access can also be purchased by passengers of all airlines regardless of ticket type.

DAA’s head of Executive Lounges and VIP, Loreto O’Byrne said it had been necessary to create an alternative lounge space while the upgrade works are being carried out. “Although this is a temporary lounge, it’s a beautiful space here and we turned it around in just four weeks.”

The new permanent lounge space, which will open next year, will cover 414 square metres and will have in excess of 120 seats. It will also have a family area and a specific outdoor area will also be set aside for smokers. It is expected that the new refurbished and upgraded T1 lounge will be in operation by the end of next March.

The use of  DAA lounges at Dublin Airport has increased significantly this year, according to O’Byrne. T1 lounge use is almost three times higher than the previous year, while business in T2 has doubled.

Passenger lounge in Terminal 1

 

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Shannon Airport to leave the DAA

The government has announced that Shannon Airport is to be separated from the Dublin Airport Authority.

The announcement was made as details of the plan for the new entity were unveiled.   The five year plan is based around sustainable passenger growth to 2.5million passengers within five years and the development of the International Aviation Services Center at Shannon (IASC).  The plan, which has been robustly tested and validated by KPMG on behalf of the Department of Transport, anticipates the creation of up to 3,000 jobs within a three to five year period across a cluster of diverse international, primarily aviation, related business centered on the airport and building on the existing cluster of 40 aviation related companies working at Shannon.

Welcoming the announcement today, Ms Hynes confirmed that, pending separation, 1,000 of those posts have already been committed by two existing Shannon based companies, one of which involves 800 plus jobs within three years.  “This is the beginning of a new era for Shannon Airport.   December 31st 2012 has now been set as the date for the separation of Shannon. This will be followed by the second phase of the process, the merging of the Airport with activities of a restructured Shannon Development.  “The immediate focus of the separated Shannon Airport will be the growth of passenger numbers but the future for Shannon will also involve the development of innovative new business streams, with strong job creation potential.  “We have spent the past five months working towards separation.  The process has involved discussions, many of which are at an advanced stage, with airline partners and industry, both of which are committed to investing in Shannon pending separation.  We now look forward to advancing these solid commitments and creating a sustainable future for the benefit of Shannon Airport, its staff, customers and the region.”

Commenting on the cabinet decision, Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said: “Today is a pivotal step in the process of separation.  The focus of staff and management at Shannon Airport has been on ensuring that the airport is financially and operationally ready for separation.  We will continue to build on the momentum of recent gains in passenger services whilst growing a range of commercial opportunities.  “This entire process is all about securing a sustainable future for all the stakeholders of the Airport and that Shannon Airport delivers on its role as a key economic driver for the West of Ireland.”

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Delta to add to Shannon’s US Long Haul

Shannon has been getting some good news of late, first with US Airways announcing a new route and now Delta saying they will add to that with a seasonal service to New Yorks JFK.

The flight will operate daily throughout the peak summer season using a B757-200 aircraft with 170 seats, in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partner Air France KLM. The flight adds 2,300 seats per week to and from the United States and is the latest in a number of significant announcements regarding Shannon’s transatlantic services for summer 2013 over recent weeks.

“Shannon has long been a favourite destination for US holidaymakers and it makes sense to operate our service when customers most want to visit – during the summer months,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa.“Operating routes on a seasonal basis is a proactive and successful measure we have taken to protect our revenues by matching capacity to demand. We look forward to flying thousands of US tourists to the west coast of Ireland next summer, boosting the local economy.”  Delta’s flight from Shannon features 15 seats in BusinessElite. The aircraft is equipped with Economy Comfort, Delta’s premium economy cabin product. Customers flying in Economy Comfort benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard Economy Class seat, as well as priority boarding.  “Other product initiatives being rolled out across Delta’s international fleet include the expansion of wi-fi service from 2013. The introduction of wi-fi on Delta-operated flights between Ireland and the USA will enable customers to get online throughout their journey. Delta will also open their new state-of-the-art facility at Terminal 4 at New York JFK in May 2013, facilitating improved connections on to over 55 destinations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Declan Power, Shannon Airport Senior Manager-Aviation Business Development, said that Delta has been serving Shannon since 1986 and has carried almost 1.6 million passengers through the airport in that time.   “Following a very successful operation through Shannon this year we are very happy that Delta Air Lines will continue to serve Shannon during 2013. The support that the airline receives here in the Irish market as well delivering business and tourism visitors from the USA to the West of Ireland has ensured that the route has remained viable and profitable for the airline. Delta is the longest serving US carrier at Shannon and we will continue to work with the airline with a view to expanding its operations further over the coming years,” he said.

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Increase in flights in Irish Airspace

TheJournal.ie reports on an increase in flights through Irish Airspace over the last year:

TOTAL FLIGHTS IN Irish airspace increased by 0.50 per cent last month when compared to October 2011, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

There was an average of 1,450 daily flights during October 2012, with the busiest day being 19 October with 1,685 flights in Irish airspace

read more here.

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