Dublin Airport readies for busy St Patricks week

Dublin Airport says that it is ready for a whirlwind of activity this week as it rolls out the green carpet to Oscar winners, Cheltenham race-goers, rugby fans and the arrival of hundreds of thousands of St Patrick’s Day revellers from all over the world.

Over the eight days, between Tuesday March 12 and Monday March 18, more than 650,000 arriving and departing passengers will travel through Dublin Airport. The busiest day will be Friday, when around 105,000 passengers are expected, 51,000 arriving and 54,000 departing.

Passengers departing from Dublin Airport over the coming days are reminded to arrive at their terminal two hours before a short-haul flight and three hours prior to a long-haul flight.

A busy week at Dublin Airport kick-started on Tuesday, with thousands of horse racing fans heading over to England for the Cheltenham Racing Festival.

According to Graeme McQueen, media relations manager at daa, Dublin Airport’s operator: ‘The team at Dublin Airport is ready to facilitate it all over the coming days, from the arrival home of Oscar winner Cillian Murphy, to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of tourists for St Patrick’s Day. Cheltenham is always a popular destination for Irish racing fans at this time of year and this year is no different, with flights to airports in southern England set to be very busy over the coming days.

‘The influx of tourists ahead of St Patrick’s Day will pick up pace from Thursday onwards, with around 183,000 people set to fly into Dublin Airport between Thursday and Sunday ahead of St’ Patrick’s Day itself. Joining them will be around 5,000 Scottish rugby fans coming to Dublin for the final Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva, as well as the many thousands who will avail of the long bank holiday weekend to go on a city break or spring holiday.’

With large numbers travelling through Dublin Airport this weekend, passengers are advised to consider in advance how they will get to and from Dublin Airport. Passengers are encouraged to consider travelling to the airport by bus where they can.

Demand for car parking is high, particularly for short-term car parks, so passengers driving to the airport should book their car parking as far in advance of travel as possible to ensure best rates and availability for their preferred dates.

Ryanair to carry over 22,000 racing fans for Cheltenham Festival

Ryanair, Irish budget airline and the official carrier of the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, has announced that it will carry over 22,000 racing fans to and from the 2017 Cheltenham Festival due next month.

Cheltenham is a regency spa town and borough located on the edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, England. Home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup is the main event of the Cheltenham Festival, held every March.

Ryanair has scheduled 38 extra flights and over 120 flights in total to and from Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands for Cheltenham week, set to start on Tuesday, March 14. The highlights include the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase on Thursday, March 16, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes place on St Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We’re under starter’s orders for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival with just four weeks to go and racing fans are booking Ryanair flights in record numbers once more. We’ll carry over 22,000 punters to and from Cheltenham, all on the lowest fares, and we’ve scheduled over 120 flights to and from Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands, including 38 extras.

All eyes will be on the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase, which takes place on Thursday, 16th March and as the official airline of the Cheltenham Festival, we’ll be hoping for even more Irish winners this time around. Racing fans can snap up the last seats to Cheltenham on the Ryanair.com website.’

Ryanair added that it is giving away race day tickets on its social media pages – Facebook and Twitter – in the build-up to the festival, and racing fans can book their Cheltenham seats on Ryanair.com.

Ryanair adds extra flights for Cheltenham festival, Easter

Ryanair has announced record Cheltenham 2014 bookings, with over 14,000 Irish racing fans set to fly to the UK’s premier jump racing festival in March.

The Irish budget airline is the official airline of the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival. It has added over 50 extra flights to Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands airports during the four-day festival, beginning on March 11, with the highlight being the £275,000 Grade 1 Ryanair Chase on Thursday, March 13, one of the most valuable races at Cheltenham 2014.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is under starter’s orders with only one month to go until the 2014 Cheltenham National Hunt Festival and it’s shaping up to be a classic.

Ryanair’s low fares, best customer service and biggest route network in Europe prove you’ll never beat the Irish – and we’ll be hoping for more Irish winners at Cheltenham this year, in particular at the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase on Thursday, 13th March, which we’re sure will be another festival highlight.’

Also, to meet the increased demand during Easter, Ryanair has added extra flights on four Cork routes to Lanzarote, Liverpool, Palma and Tenerife, along with extra flights on four Dublin routes to Kaunas, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife.

Ryanair’s Maria Macken said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce extra Easter flights from both Cork and Dublin airports, following strong demand for Ryanair’s low fares this April and May.

To celebrate our extra Easter flights from Cork and Dublin, we are releasing 100,000 seats on sale at fares from just €19.99 for travel in March and April, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (13 Feb). Since these low prices will be snapped up quickly, we urge passengers to book them now on www.ryanair.com.’

To celebrate Cheltenham, Ryanair will be giving away tickets and flights on its Twitter account, @Ryanair, in the build-up to the festival. Racing fans may also book their seats for Cheltenham on the www.ryanair.com website.

Cheltenham braced for its annual festival meeting

The historic town of Cheltenham in Gloucester has a lot going for it. It’s within a stone’s throw of the Cotswolds, has plenty of independent shops and fantastic landmarks and scenery. However, this part of the world is perhaps most famous for being home to the Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest events on the horse racing calendar.

First started back in 1860, when it was known as the National Hunt Meeting, it originally started in Market Harborough, but had moved to its current home permanently in 1911. Some of the festival’s flagship events including the Gold Cup (created in 1924) and Champion Hurdle (1927) were created to make it a must-see for any racing fan, and has grown in popularity with each year.

The Cheltenham Festival attracts visitors from all over the world, especially Ireland. There are two reasons for this: the first being that the Festival usually coincides with St Patrick’s Day, while the second is because Ireland is one of the most prominent horse racing nations. More than 236,000 people attended last year’s event, showing how popular it is.

What to do in Cheltenham?

If you like the idea of going to the Festival, you might want to look at the special offers bookmakers like Ladbrokes currently have on each race, but what else can you do when visiting Cheltenham? As it happens, there are quite a few sights to see and things to do for visitors to the four-day event when the races are either over or yet to begin.

When taking a stroll through the town centre, you might want to pay a visit to the Art Gallery & Museum. Here, you can see plenty of exhibitions showing what Cheltenham was like in the past as well as works from Britain, the Netherlands and even as far afield as China.

The Promenade is Cheltenham’s most famous streets. Walking up and down it will give you endless opportunities to marvel at the town’s Georgian architecture and unique shops. This street looks at its best during summer, but with the Festival on, you’ll be foolish not to have a little stroll.

Cheltenham is also home to a number of great restaurants including the award-winning Le Champignon Sauvage, run for over 25 years by the same chef. The Montpellier Wine Bar and Pie & Mash are also great places to dine out in style.

Being a famous spa town, Cheltenham is home to a number of spa hotels where you can stay if you’re going to the festival. This town is perfect if you’re looking to unwind, as the choice of spas is massive.