Dublin Airport announces double daily Dublin-Lisbon service by TAP

Portuguese airline TAP is set to launch a new double daily service between Dublin and Lisbon from next summer, offering additional choice for passengers travelling between Dublin and Lisbon.

One of Europe’s most popular city break destinations, Lisbon offers 290 days of sunshine per year and a cool nightlife. Dublin-Lisbon is an established route for Dublin Airport with about 276,000 passengers taking flights between the two capital cities in the 12 months ended June 30, 2018.

TAP will operate two flights per day from Dublin to Lisbon starting on April 1, 2019. The new route will also offer convenient onward connectivity to South America and other locations via TAP’s global network.

‘We’re delighted to welcome TAP back to Dublin Airport after an absence of more than a decade,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘We look forward to working closely with TAP to promote this new service,’ he added.

According to TAP Chief Executive, Antonoaldo Neves, the new Dublin service is ‘another step in the path of strong strategic growth that the company has been going through in recent years and will continue to develop.’

The new route will be operated by either an Airbus 319 aircraft with 144 seats or an Airbus 320 with capacity for up to 144 passengers. The morning flight is due to depart Dublin at 10.35 arriving in Lisbon at 13.15. The afternoon service is due to depart Dublin at 17.30 arriving in Lisbon at 20.10. All times are local.

TAP’s new service to Lisbon is the fourth new route to be announced for Dublin Airport for 2019. American Airlines earlier announced a new Dallas service, while Norwegian will add Hamilton Ontario to its network from Dublin and Ryanair will have a new double daily service to London Southend Airport, the airport said.

More than 18 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport so far in 2018, a six percent increase over the same period last year.

Ryanair announces Luxembourg winter 2017 schedule, new Liverpool-Milan Malpensa route

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has launched its Luxembourg winter 2017 schedule, with one new route to Barcelona, three new winter services to Lisbon, Madrid and Milan and extra flights to Porto.

Available for travel in February and March, Ryanair’s Luxembourg winter schedule offers six new destinations, including a new service to Barcelona (operating four times weekly), three new winter services to: Lisbon (five services weekly), Madrid (four weekly service) and Milan Bergamo (also four times weekly) and extra flights ( six weekly service) to Porto. The airline’s winter schedule at Luxembourg will operate 30 weekly flights, delivering over 450,000 customers per annum and creating 340 ‘on-site’ jobs per annum at the airport.

Ryanair presently connects Luxembourg with major leisure and business centres, including London Stansted (daily) and Madrid (four weekly).

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs said: ‘We are pleased to launch our Luxembourg winter 2017 schedule, with a new route to Barcelona, new winter flights to Lisbon, Madrid, Milan and extra flights to Porto with 6 routes in total, which will deliver over 450,000 customers p.a. and support 340 jobs as we continue to grow at Luxembourg Airport.

Customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for winter 2017, so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair and we urge all customers who wish to book their summer or winter 2017 holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Luxembourg.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has launched a new route from Liverpool to Milan Malpensa, with a three times weekly service beginning in October, as part of its winter 2017 schedule.

On the new Liverpool-Milan Malpensa route, Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route from Liverpool to Milan Malpensa, with a three-times weekly service starting in October, as part of our Liverpool winter 2017 service, which will be launched soon.

Liverpool customers and visitors can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for their summer or winter holidays, so there’s never been a better time to book low fare flight to or from Liverpool.’

Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Air Service Development, Paul Winfield added: ‘It’s great to be able to celebrate our first new route announcement of the year so early into 2017 and for another airport in Italy to become linked with Liverpool later this year.

We expect this flight to Milan Malpensa to prove popular with the region’s travellers looking to travel to this part of Italy and also look forward to welcoming visitors to the Liverpool City Region from Italy on this service too.’

Ibis launches fixed rate summer offer for key European destinations

Ibis, a worldwide economy hotel brand and member of the Accor Group, has launched a fixed rate summer offer for the three key European travel destinations of Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Regardless of the format used to book accommodation at any Ibis hotel in any of the three participating countries, the price will be fixed at €45 (£38). The promotion, believed to be the first of its kind for any hotel group, is available to book immediately and will run until May 31. It allows for bookings of one or two people between the offer dates of June 1 and August 31 this year.

The offer is for all 74 Ibis branded properties across the three countries and includes those in the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan and Rome.

Ibis claims to offer competitively priced, well-equipped rooms, welcoming staff that are available 24 hours a day, an uninterrupted bar and snack service daily, breakfast from 4 o’clock in the morning until noon, and free Wifi. The company is also offering its new bedding concept, Sweet Bed by Ibis, which it says has involved a thorough analysis of beds and bedding to arrive at a sleep comfort package to suit the whole family.

The terms of the fixed price offer state that it is subject to availability, that bookings are not cancellable and that it must be prepaid. A list of full conditions for the offer can be found at www.ibishotels.com and at www.accorhotels.com.

Established in 1974, Ibis now has more than 107,000 rooms and 900 hotels in 48 countries around the world.

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