Ryanair Operates Extra Flights for Six Nations Championship

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, is operating an extra service, known as Six Nations specials, from Dublin to Bristol, for rugby fans.

The Six Nations Specials service will be available from Dublin today and tomorrow, returning from Bristol on February 3.

Ireland will be playing Wales in the Six Nations Rugby Championship at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, February 2, while England will be playing Scotland on Sunday.

The airline is also offering 15 rugby flights between Dublin, Glasgow, and Edinburgh for Ireland’s tie with Scotland on Sun February 24, 2013.

The airline head of communications, Robin Kiely, said, ‘Ryanair has been inundated with demands from Irish rugby fans looking to travel to the Wales-Ireland game this weekend and we’re delighted to announce five extra Six Nations specials between Dublin and Bristol on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We’ve also scheduled 15 flights between Dublin and Glasgow and Edinburgh for the Scotland-Ireland game on Sunday, 24th February, which are already filling up quickly.

Only Ryanair offers the lowest fares for Six Nations matches and these seats will sell out fast, so our advice to rugby fans is to book today on www.ryanair.com.’

The airline has recently reported a robust performance with a pre-tax profit of €19.3 million for the third quarter ending December 31, 2012.

The third quarter 2012 profits are €18m, an increase of €3m on the same quarter last year, in spite of an €81m increase in fuel costs. Revenues had increased by 15 percent to €969m in third quarter of 2012, with a 3 percent increase in traffic to 17.3m passengers, compared to the third quarter of 2011.

Cityjet Introduces Flights from Dublin to Brest

CityJet, an Ireland-based airline, is offering new services to Brest, in France, from Dublin, the Republic of Ireland’s capital.

The new service will be commencing from June 29, 2013, with flight AF5266 departing on Saturdays from Dublin Airport, for Aeroport Brest Bretagne. The return flight departs from Brest on the same day. The new route will operate using an Avro RJ85 jet that has capacity for 95 passengers.

This addition to the service compliments the current summer service between London City airport and Brest.

Passengers can book the new fares at www.cityjet.com, commencing from €96 one way and €189 return.

Christine Ourmieres, the chief executive officer of CityJet, said, ‘Brest is a popular summer destination, so we are delighted to be able to offer Dublin based passengers’ direct access to the heart of this stunning region – one of France’s best-loved destinations. Our service from Dublin offers a convenient schedule for families enjoying longer summer holidays during the school break period or those visiting their second home in Brittany.’

The airline network offers service to 22 European destinations in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.

Brest is a city located on the western tip of Brittany, in France, and it has a natural harbour. The city is also home to Oceanopolis, an ocean discovery centre, claimed to be the first of its kind in Europe. Brest is one of the many destinations in France served by the airline from UK.

The airline has recently also introduced its service to Nuremberg, in Germany, from London City Airport, and also added the German destinations of Dresden and Paderborn.

Travel Bloggers Heading to Dublin for TBEX Europe Conference in 2013

Dublin, Ireland, will be hosting next year’s TBEX Europe travel bloggers conference, one of the largest conferences, worldwide, for travel bloggers.

Rick Calvert, the chief executive of TBEX, a community of travel bloggers, said, ‘We are very excited to have chosen as the destination for our event in October, 2013. We’ll be hosting hundreds of travel bloggers and travel industry professionals from all over the world for two days of comprehensive educational programming and engaging networking events.

Our delegates will be sharing their unique Dublin discoveries and experiences with the world online. We couldn’t have chosen a better destination, as Dublin is the European headquarters of companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga and Twitter; it’s a thriving social media hub. 2013 is also the year of The Gathering in Ireland and TBEX is proud to be a part of it.’

The Irish minister of state for tourism, Michael Ring TD, said, ‘This is a great achievement for tourism and Ireland. Thanks to the efforts of Failte Ireland, we have won a conference, which will deliver up to 450 travel bloggers to our shores in October 2013. This could not happen at a better time. By that time, The Gathering will be in full swing and I can guarantee that all who attend will experience Ireland at its best and most lively.’

TBEX aims to provide travel bloggers with opportunities for career growth in professional travel media through education and networking with travel industry professionals and direct marketing agencies.

For international travel bloggers, Dublin offers a location to explore and a chance to meet and exchange ideas.

Mary Jo Manzanares, the conference director for TBEX, said, ‘With its history, architecture and culture providing a backdrop to modern city life, Dublin offers something for every travel blogging niche and every travel blogger budget. Failte Ireland with support from Tourism Ireland is rolling out the red carpet to welcome our attendees to their home, and I’m very excited for October.’

Ryanair Expands Dublin to Brussels Service

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, is offering a daily return flight to Brussels Charleroi airport in Belgium, from Dublin, Ireland.

The new route between Brussels and Dublin is priced at €19 one way, with a morning and evening flight leaving daily, compared to a single daily flight that left previously. The extended route will be effective from November 7, 2012.

The airline head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair is delighted to announce an additional daily return flight (from November 7, 2012) between Brussels and Dublin to mark Ireland’s upcoming Presidency of the EU. European and Irish politicians can save Europe’s taxpayers thousands of euros by switching to Ryanair’s low cost flights without having to fork out on hotels or other expenses, thanks to our double daily flights.

Ryanair’s low fares will be enjoyed by over 79 million ordinary consumers this year and only Ryanair can deliver the lowest fares coupled with industry leading customer service. With austerity and budget tightening now the focus of every EU state, it is time that more governments stopped wasting money flying with high-cost, frequently delayed, airlines.

With Ryanair fares starting from just €19, civil servants can slash the amount of taxpayer money they waste and spend that money instead on much needed hospitals and schools. With a commitment from governments to fly Ryanair, Ireland can deliver the first low cost EU presidency.’

The new additional service marks Ireland’s return for a six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), commencing on January 1, 2013. Cyprus is currently the president of the EU council.

The airline is also offering a seat sale of airfares from £12 for around 1,000 routes in November this year, for passengers willing to travel with carry-on luggage only, and not opting for the airline’s priority boarding service. The seat sale runs until the end of today.

British Airways Increases Service from London Heathrow to Dublin

British Airways, the UK based airline, will be offering double the number of flights between Dublin and London Heathrow airport in its 2012-2013 winter schedule.

The route was earlier operated by British Midland International (bmi) airline, and was recently acquired by UK-based airline holding company and parent company of British Airline, International Airlines Group (IAG).

British Airline has announced its winter 2012 schedule and a new timetable, offering increased daily services to Dublin – from four to eight return flights. The new schedule will be effective from October 28, 2012. The route will be operated using 150-seater A319 aircraft.

Simon Daly, the airline sales manager in Ireland, said, ‘I am delighted to see the British Airways colours back in Dublin after an absence of 20 years. We appreciate the importance of air links to London and are pleased to announce that less than two months after taking over this route, we are now able to respond to customer demand and increase capacity.

Our improved schedule also sees us adding a new early morning departure time from Dublin which will mean that passengers will be able to extend their working day should they need to.

In addition, it offers both business and leisure passengers greater choice in terms of connections to our extensive global network at London Heathrow bringing destinations on the world map closer to Ireland, benefiting Irish businesses, tourism and Ireland as a whole.’

The airline is offering all-inclusive fares, with a 23kg baggage allowance, complimentary online check-in, and choice of seats.

Failte Ireland Announces Tourism Incentives to Build Dublin Brand

Failte Ireland, the Irish tourism development authority, has announced its initiatives as part of a programme for developing tourism in Ireland.

Previously, the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) had released a report on the best ways of exploiting Dublin’s potential for boosting tourism in Ireland.

Failte Ireland has already implemented many initiatives for increasing Ireland’s tourism potential, including the city’s new EUR4 million themed heritage trail, named Dubline; investing around EUR5.5million in developing Meeting House Square, The Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College, and the Dublinia as tourist attractions, among other projects.

Failte Ireland is also offering a new and dedicated, Visit Dublin division, to endorse Dublin as a premier travel destination. Visit Dublin will be rolling out a new marketing campaign across the globe, aimed at changing the way that tourists from around the world look at the city. The campaign will include, amongst other things, significant investments in major festivals for the city, and the launch of an updated version of the Visit Dublin App for smartphones.

Keith McCormack, the head of Visit Dublin, Failte Ireland, said, ‘The recovery of tourism in Dublin will depend on a team approach. This will involve the public sector agencies, tourism businesses and, crucially, the wider business community’s involvement.

We particularly welcome the emphasis in ITIC’s report on partnership across all of Dublin city’s stakeholders. The business of tourism is not just for tourism businesses – there is something to gain for every business in Dublin if tourism continues to grow.’