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Fri May 10, 2019 1:58 pm

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What exactly have the Hainan loads to Beijing been like recently?

Apparently the Shenzhen loads were only in the 20-30% range?


Put it this way if you want 15-20 rows of 3-3-3 to yourself on most flights then its the way to go.
 
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Fri May 10, 2019 3:40 pm

Hi all. Long time no post. Just curious about the EI graduate programme. Has anyone any experience with it? There's not much given away on the site and I'd be curious what someone (me, hopefully next year) with a BA in English & Spanish would do on it.
And one other thing...do BA crews still commute from DUB?
Thanks :smile:
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Fri May 10, 2019 9:35 pm

Just saw this article on IAG and EI T/A expansion.
https://www.breakingnews.ie/business/ia ... 23424.html
Curious if there is any real hope for service from SNN or ORK?
 
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Sat May 11, 2019 2:45 am

Curious that he said that ORK doesn't/couldn't support a WB aircraft, but most of the growth EI seems to be planning is based around A321LRs. I don't think there is "no" chance, but I suspect that if there is a service, EI/IAG will play hardball with ORK, and indeed with SNN for further services (and you can be sure that any negotiations with DUB will be fairly aggressive as well!)

Good to see that Sean Doyle is continuing his predecessor's work in driving t/a growth.
 
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Sat May 11, 2019 12:14 pm

aerdingus wrote:
Hi all. Long time no post. Just curious about the EI graduate programme. Has anyone any experience with it? There's not much given away on the site and I'd be curious what someone (me, hopefully next year) with a BA in English & Spanish would do on it.
And one other thing...do BA crews still commute from DUB?
Thanks :smile:


Lots of LHR based BA crew commuting from Dublin and indeed other parts of Ireland and Europe.
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Sat May 11, 2019 1:05 pm

tonystan wrote:
aerdingus wrote:
Hi all. Long time no post. Just curious about the EI graduate programme. Has anyone any experience with it? There's not much given away on the site and I'd be curious what someone (me, hopefully next year) with a BA in English & Spanish would do on it.
And one other thing...do BA crews still commute from DUB?
Thanks :smile:


Lots of LHR based BA crew commuting from Dublin and indeed other parts of Ireland and Europe.


Thanks Tony
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Sat May 11, 2019 9:21 pm

In a few weeks I'm back in the old country and any tips/experience here would be much appreciated. I have a 5.30 pm flight booked back to Germany from Kerry, since flights from Dublin on 2.6 were extortionate and unfortunately I don't have any flexibility bar flying back on 2.6. I'm wondering if it's better to take the €24 train from Heuston departing 10.00 arrive 14.30ish with a change in Mallow or make the trek to Dublin airport and fly on the turboprop at 13.45 for €47? My heart says the train but I'm wary of Irish Rail perhaps leaving me delayed or stranded somewhere. On the other hand, Heuston is handier and while regional flights themselves are probably quite chilled out, I don't fancy Dublin airport if I can relax on the train and perhaps sip a farewell pint in Farrenfore with a few leisurely hours to kill. Would be travelling with a small backpack only since it's a short trip.

Am I being overly paranoid about Irish rail, or is there a chance that I may end up needing to take a taxi in Mallow if the train doesn't show on time? Also, any tips for Kerry airport, I drove by it once as a kid nearly 30 years ago and I imagine it's quite relaxed. Do most people walk out from the village / station?

Thanks for any info and tips
 
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Sun May 12, 2019 4:32 am

I haven't heard of Irish Rail doing something like that; they seem to run a pretty reliable operation. We'd certainly have heard about it in the media if they breeaking down all over the place. The option of going from KIR and getting a plane down seems good enough (I'm assuming you mean the DUB-KIR flight with Stobart/EI); these are pretty reliable and for $47 you can't really go wrong. They're rarely late and I don't know what time your connection back to Germany is, but it sounds like a decent way to travel. Either option would be safe and reliable, but if I were you, I'd choose the plane. I don't know what price the train would be, but it probably wouldn't be a lot less than the plane.
 
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Sun May 12, 2019 7:33 am

DAA says cut to passenger levy puts Dublin Airport expansion at risk

Aviation regulator says levy paid to airport should be cut from €9.65 a head to €7.50

Air travel watchdog, the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR), wants Dublin Airport to cut the passenger charges it levies on airlines to €7.50 a head for the 2020-24 period.

The commission proposed the 20 per cent or so cut this week in a consultation document that marked the beginning of a five-month process at the end of which the regulator will determine how much the airport can charge airlines for flying passengers from there.

The airport’s owner, State company DAA, says bluntly that reducing its charges to €7.50 a head will mean it cannot afford to proceed with a proposed €1.8 billion plan to boost Dublin’s facilities to enable it handle 40 million passengers a year, a figure it could hit during the next decade. The company based its investment plan on keeping its 2018 price of €9.65 a head unchanged in coming years

www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-a ... -1.3888183
 
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Sun May 12, 2019 8:12 am

The train is pretty reliable, provided no engineering works involve partial bus transfers. There have been weekend works on the Dublin - Cork line in recent times, I don't know when you are travelling but if at the weekend consider that factor. Advance information re such works is not widely publicized, even in the station. If using the train, seats are now very commonly reserved in advance, by internet bookers, so that casual empty seats can be scarce. The most likely problem with the air service to KIR would be if wind speeds exceeded the maximum for the ATR, not so likely at this time of year but with the increasing presence of strong wind storms in seasons not usually so foul, not impossible either.
Enjoy your trip home.
 
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Sun May 12, 2019 9:36 am

dangerhere wrote:
In a few weeks I'm back in the old country and any tips/experience here would be much appreciated. I have a 5.30 pm flight booked back to Germany from Kerry, since flights from Dublin on 2.6 were extortionate and unfortunately I don't have any flexibility bar flying back on 2.6. I'm wondering if it's better to take the €24 train from Heuston departing 10.00 arrive 14.30ish with a change in Mallow or make the trek to Dublin airport and fly on the turboprop at 13.45 for €47? My heart says the train but I'm wary of Irish Rail perhaps leaving me delayed or stranded somewhere. On the other hand, Heuston is handier and while regional flights themselves are probably quite chilled out, I don't fancy Dublin airport if I can relax on the train and perhaps sip a farewell pint in Farrenfore with a few leisurely hours to kill. Would be travelling with a small backpack only since it's a short trip.

Am I being overly paranoid about Irish rail, or is there a chance that I may end up needing to take a taxi in Mallow if the train doesn't show on time? Also, any tips for Kerry airport, I drove by it once as a kid nearly 30 years ago and I imagine it's quite relaxed. Do most people walk out from the village / station?

Thanks for any info and tips


If you book a connection at Mallow and there is a delay then the connection waits or alternative transport will be provided.
 
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Sun May 12, 2019 9:52 pm

I see Emirates EK164 that departed Dublin tonight was a 777LR, is that regular?
 
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Mon May 13, 2019 6:35 am

Aer Lingus seeks to recover Storm Ophelia costs
UPS, Sky Handling Partner and DAA are named defendants to the legal case

er Lingus has gone to court seeking to recover costs incurred in repairing an engine that was damaged during Storm Ophelia in 2017.

The airline, owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), said an Airbus A320 aircraft was damaged at Dublin Airport on October 16th, 2017, “when an unsecured unit load device container . . . struck one of the engines on the aircraft”.

Storm Ophelia was among the worst weather events to hit the Republic in the recent past, causing three deaths and extensive property damage. It was estimated at the time that the cost to insurers would be about €111 million

www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-a ... 1?mode=amp

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Shake-up in air traffic regulation moves closer
Duty for air travel safety to move from IAA to Commission for Aviation Regulation

Long-awaited Government plans to shake up the Republic’s air travel regulators are set to move a step closer in coming weeks.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross wants to move responsibility for regulating air travel safety to the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) from its current overseer, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

His department confirmed at the weekend that it had almost completed a draft version of the Bill needed to make the proposed change in how the State regulates the industry. “Heads of a Bill are at an advanced stage of preparation,” a spokesman said.

www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-a ... 5?mode=amp

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Cut DAA's €40m State dividend payout to boost airports, says aviation regulator

The aviation regulator has questioned whether it makes sense for State airport company DAA to pay an annual dividend worth tens of millions to Government coffers.

DAA paid a dividend of €40m into the Exchequer last year - making it the second biggest semi-State contributor to the Government after Ervia.

Any move to lower the profitable company's dividend could cause a political storm. But the aviation regulator has suggested - as part of its plan to slash airport charges at Dublin Airport - that it may not be appropriate for DAA to pay such a large dividend.

https://m.independent.ie/business/irish ... 00441.html
 
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Mon May 13, 2019 9:28 am

dangerhere wrote:
In a few weeks I'm back in the old country and any tips/experience here would be much appreciated. I have a 5.30 pm flight booked back to Germany from Kerry, since flights from Dublin on 2.6 were extortionate and unfortunately I don't have any flexibility bar flying back on 2.6. I'm wondering if it's better to take the €24 train from Heuston departing 10.00 arrive 14.30ish with a change in Mallow or make the trek to Dublin airport and fly on the turboprop at 13.45 for €47? My heart says the train but I'm wary of Irish Rail perhaps leaving me delayed or stranded somewhere. On the other hand, Heuston is handier and while regional flights themselves are probably quite chilled out, I don't fancy Dublin airport if I can relax on the train and perhaps sip a farewell pint in Farrenfore with a few leisurely hours to kill. Would be travelling with a small backpack only since it's a short trip.

Am I being overly paranoid about Irish rail, or is there a chance that I may end up needing to take a taxi in Mallow if the train doesn't show on time? Also, any tips for Kerry airport, I drove by it once as a kid nearly 30 years ago and I imagine it's quite relaxed. Do most people walk out from the village / station?

Thanks for any info and tips


Irish Rail are very efficient ... especially when you compare them to the incompetent Germans building the new Berlin airport . Hopefully you can take some efficiency lessons back to the fatherland with you ...
 
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Mon May 13, 2019 10:00 am

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I see Emirates EK164 that departed Dublin tonight was a 777LR, is that regular?


No, that's quite rare - nice catch! I think they've only brought in a 77L on two or three occasions before.
 
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Mon May 13, 2019 10:59 am

New April Record With 2.8 Million Passengers

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 7% in April to 2.8 million, making it the busiest April in the airport’s 79-year history.

Passenger volumes to and from Continental Europe increased by 9%, with almost 1.5 million passengers travelling on flights to and from continental Europe in April. UK traffic increased by 2%, as almost 877,000 passengers travelled to and from the UK last month.

Transatlantic passenger volumes grew by 16%, with almost 344,000 passengers travelling to and from North America in April.

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Mon May 13, 2019 1:00 pm

kaitak wrote:
EI321 wrote:
I see Emirates EK164 that departed Dublin tonight was a 777LR, is that regular?


No, that's quite rare - nice catch! I think they've only brought in a 77L on two or three occasions before.

The 77L is back again tonight
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Mon May 13, 2019 1:12 pm

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kaitak wrote:
EI321 wrote:
I see Emirates EK164 that departed Dublin tonight was a 777LR, is that regular?


No, that's quite rare - nice catch! I think they've only brought in a 77L on two or three occasions before.

The 77L is back again tonight


One runway in DXB is closed for resurfacing until May 30th. While it’s had little affect on the DUB route, the EK schedule is reduced by about 25%, and overall DXB schedule is reduced about a third, so that has possibly reduced the numbers connecting onwards while the work is taking place.
 
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Mon May 13, 2019 2:45 pm

Heard from a good source that MSP will be A330 from
Next May 2020, sfo could be going twice daily, mco and sea could also go daily.

Montreal is still on the table but may alternate with Ottawa
Las Vegas will never happen due to being leisure traffic.

A Texas route is also being looked at , possibly hou as it’s a ua hub with connections to South America

Denver is also a contender

They looking at 3 more 330s one being another qr 330. This is on top of the 2 coming at end of 2019.

2020 is gonna be a huge year
 
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Mon May 13, 2019 2:47 pm

shamrock604 wrote:
eicvd wrote:
kaitak wrote:

No, that's quite rare - nice catch! I think they've only brought in a 77L on two or three occasions before.

The 77L is back again tonight


One runway in DXB is closed for resurfacing until May 30th. While it’s had little affect on the DUB route, the EK schedule is reduced by about 25%, and overall DXB schedule is reduced about a third, so that has possibly reduced the numbers connecting onwards while the work is taking place.


I believe Emirates has also parked some aircraft at DWC while the works are ongoing, with some routes switched between A380/77W, it's likely the 77L was just the most suitable/best available aircraft for the route at the time as the usual 77W is probably deployed elsewhere.

The 77L is also a bit of an upgrade for passengers over the 77W, they've all been recently refurbished and are 2-2-2 instead of 2-3-2 in business with a wider seat and a social/snack area, and also have the latest seats in Economy.
 
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Mon May 13, 2019 3:12 pm

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Heard from a good source that MSP will be A330 from
Next May 2020, sfo could be going twice daily, mco and sea could also go daily.

Las Vegas will never happen due to being leisure traffic.



Las Vegas will never happen because it's a leisure market... Is that the official line from EI head office?

You claim MCO (the definition of a leisure market) could be upgraded to daily, it's quite a contradiction from EI expanding a leisure market, if they will 'never' serve Vegas because it's a leisure market.
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Mon May 13, 2019 3:17 pm

Shamrock145 wrote:
Heard from a good source that MSP will be A330 from
Next May 2020, sfo could be going twice daily, mco and sea could also go daily.

Montreal is still on the table but may alternate with Ottawa
Las Vegas will never happen due to being leisure traffic.

A Texas route is also being looked at , possibly hou as it’s a ua hub with connections to South America

Denver is also a contender

They looking at 3 more 330s one being another qr 330. This is on top of the 2 coming at end of 2019.

2020 is gonna be a huge year


Some is true, provided no more Airbus mess ups 2020 will be a big year.

As for existing services MCO wont go daily, SFO would go 10/11 first and SEA could support daily. This is just a personal view on these routes.
 
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dangerhere wrote:
In a few weeks I'm back in the old country and any tips/experience here would be much appreciated. I have a 5.30 pm flight booked back to Germany from Kerry, since flights from Dublin on 2.6 were extortionate and unfortunately I don't have any flexibility bar flying back on 2.6. I'm wondering if it's better to take the €24 train from Heuston departing 10.00 arrive 14.30ish with a change in Mallow or make the trek to Dublin airport and fly on the turboprop at 13.45 for €47? My heart says the train but I'm wary of Irish Rail perhaps leaving me delayed or stranded somewhere. On the other hand, Heuston is handier and while regional flights themselves are probably quite chilled out, I don't fancy Dublin airport if I can relax on the train and perhaps sip a farewell pint in Farrenfore with a few leisurely hours to kill. Would be travelling with a small backpack only since it's a short trip.

Am I being overly paranoid about Irish rail, or is there a chance that I may end up needing to take a taxi in Mallow if the train doesn't show on time? Also, any tips for Kerry airport, I drove by it once as a kid nearly 30 years ago and I imagine it's quite relaxed. Do most people walk out from the village / station?

Thanks for any info and tips


Irish Rail are very efficient ... especially when you compare them to the incompetent Germans building the new Berlin airport . Hopefully you can take some efficiency lessons back to the fatherland with you ...


Very true, I was just reading today on here that the planned October 2020 opening date is now looking like it won't be met. As of March 2019, there were over 11,000 design defects in the airport by and over 9000 are considered serious. :banghead:
 
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The train is pretty reliable, provided no engineering works involve partial bus transfers. There have been weekend works on the Dublin - Cork line in recent times, I don't know when you are travelling but if at the weekend consider that factor. Advance information re such works is not widely publicized, even in the station. If using the train, seats are now very commonly reserved in advance, by internet bookers, so that casual empty seats can be scarce. The most likely problem with the air service to KIR would be if wind speeds exceeded the maximum for the ATR, not so likely at this time of year but with the increasing presence of strong wind storms in seasons not usually so foul, not impossible either.
Enjoy your trip home.


Thanks for this (and to the other posters for their input). In the end I booked to fly down to Kerry for the flight back. Two things made me decide: possible engineering works on a bank holiday weekend (quite possible) and two I'll be at a 40th the evening before and in the worst case the plane might make the pain somewhat more bearable! Actually the online fare I was going to choose included free reservation, €24 quid Dublin to Kerry 3 weeks in advance is excellent value. I'm content to get my train fix on the way down from Belfast and curious how the Kerry flight is. My last propeller flight was Aer Lingus from Glasgow in November 1994 with some serious amount of turbulence!
 
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airBaltic is extending the Dublin route into winter season due to the high demand and positive feedback from passengers. Riga-Dublin flights will complement our winter route map four times a week: https://www.airbaltic.com/en/airbaltic- ... e&sref=SMM
 
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'Exciting times' as Waterford Airport runway extension moves a step closer

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has signed off on a Government memo that paves the way for €5 million in exchequer funding to extend Waterford Airport’s runway.

The runway extension will cost €12 million in total, with the remaining €7 million to be provided by private investors and local authorities in the region.

www.waterfordlive.ie/news/home/380444/e ... loser.html
 
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'Exciting times' as Waterford Airport runway extension moves a step closer

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has signed off on a Government memo that paves the way for €5 million in exchequer funding to extend Waterford Airport’s runway.

The runway extension will cost €12 million in total, with the remaining €7 million to be provided by private investors and local authorities in the region.

http://www.waterfordlive.ie/news/home/3 ... loser.html


I have to ask, what makes Waterford so special? They're in essentially the exact same situation as Galway, 2-2.5 hours away from two of the island's major airports (Dublin and Cork for Waterford, Dublin and Shannon for Galway), and Galway airport is closed now. Arguably Galway is the bigger city with a larger tourist draw too (and far higher passenger numbers during the good times), so if they can't make it work what hope is there for Waterford?
 
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Tue May 14, 2019 3:54 pm

A local push?
No one in Galway said boo when that airport closed
Who ever actually knows and with Shane Ross, God bless him, anything is possible!
 
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Tue May 14, 2019 4:03 pm

Shamrock145 wrote:
Heard from a good source that MSP will be A330 from
Next May 2020, sfo could be going twice daily, mco and sea could also go daily.

Montreal is still on the table but may alternate with Ottawa
Las Vegas will never happen due to being leisure traffic.

A Texas route is also being looked at , possibly hou as it’s a ua hub with connections to South America

Denver is also a contender

They looking at 3 more 330s one being another qr 330. This is on top of the 2 coming at end of 2019.

2020 is gonna be a huge year


Hopefully Detroit is in the cards as well.
the truth does matter, guys. too bad it's often quite subjective. the truth is beyond the mere facts and figures. it's beyond good and bad, right and wrong...
 
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EI121 wrote:
airBaltic is extending the Dublin route into winter season due to the high demand and positive feedback from passengers. Riga-Dublin flights will complement our winter route map four times a week: https://www.airbaltic.com/en/airbaltic- ... e&sref=SMM

Good news. The airline has been a very welcome addition, great product and operation in Riga.
 
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Tue May 14, 2019 9:49 pm

alancostello wrote:
OA260 wrote:
'Exciting times' as Waterford Airport runway extension moves a step closer

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has signed off on a Government memo that paves the way for €5 million in exchequer funding to extend Waterford Airport’s runway.

The runway extension will cost €12 million in total, with the remaining €7 million to be provided by private investors and local authorities in the region.

http://www.waterfordlive.ie/news/home/3 ... loser.html


I have to ask, what makes Waterford so special? They're in essentially the exact same situation as Galway, 2-2.5 hours away from two of the island's major airports (Dublin and Cork for Waterford, Dublin and Shannon for Galway), and Galway airport is closed now. Arguably Galway is the bigger city with a larger tourist draw too (and far higher passenger numbers during the good times), so if they can't make it work what hope is there for Waterford?


I think its impressive they have managed to secure 7m from private investors (local), not many airports could manage this given the circumstances at WAT.

You could say the same about Knock who have gotten almost 8.5 million (75%) to re-surface a runway this year. This a profitable airport and charging passengers a development fee yet cannot manage any real capital spend. Goverment subsidizing an operator who refuse to pay more...

When Galway hit it's peak it was never sustainable, if anything RE services via WAT pre-longed GWY during the downturn.
 
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Tue May 14, 2019 10:34 pm

alancostello wrote:
OA260 wrote:
'Exciting times' as Waterford Airport runway extension moves a step closer

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has signed off on a Government memo that paves the way for €5 million in exchequer funding to extend Waterford Airport’s runway.

The runway extension will cost €12 million in total, with the remaining €7 million to be provided by private investors and local authorities in the region.

http://www.waterfordlive.ie/news/home/3 ... loser.html


I have to ask, what makes Waterford so special? They're in essentially the exact same situation as Galway, 2-2.5 hours away from two of the island's major airports (Dublin and Cork for Waterford, Dublin and Shannon for Galway), and Galway airport is closed now. Arguably Galway is the bigger city with a larger tourist draw too (and far higher passenger numbers during the good times), so if they can't make it work what hope is there for Waterford?


Galway > SNN is only about 1 hour 15 mins on the new roads, very very handy ...it just needs a better, more regular dedicated bus service
 
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Dublin pulls further and further ahead of NI’s three airports

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport are soaring in a way that makes it one of the fastest growing facilities in Europe.

It is approaching the list of the top 10 busiest airports in the continent.

Across Britain and Ireland, only London Heathrow and Gatwick have more passengers.

But we do need to be honest that our airport strategy has made it impossible for any one of the airports to compete with Dublin. Last year only six million passengers used NI’s busiest airport — Belfast International at Aldergrove — which was one fifth of Dublin’s total movements.If all NI traffic was concentrated in a single airport, it might then gain a critical mass that would attract not only some of the people who currently travel from NI down to Dublin Airport, but also some southern travellers too.

www.newsletter.co.uk/news/opinion/dubli ... -1-8926023

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OA260 wrote:
'Exciting times' as Waterford Airport runway extension moves a step closer

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has signed off on a Government memo that paves the way for €5 million in exchequer funding to extend Waterford Airport’s runway.

The runway extension will cost €12 million in total, with the remaining €7 million to be provided by private investors and local authorities in the region.

http://www.waterfordlive.ie/news/home/3 ... loser.html



Nothing like elections a comin in to winkle out the promises of money.
If WAT could not thrive before the motorway to Dublin was completed, I doubt that extending the runway will transform the situation. The awful roadworks at Naas must eventually end also.
 
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Has Ryanair, or any other credible airline signalled they will launch routes from Waterford if the runway is extended? Surely EI regional would have made a route work by now if there was money in it?
 
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Great flight ATH-DUB with Aegean last night. Loads around 75%. Tourist season has kicked off the majority were Irish tourists followed by Greeks and around 40 passengers connecting from wider A3 network. Fantastic crew as usual and plenty of drinks runs and a decent meal. Lots of info from the flight deck about routing,weather etc... Landing into DUB was one of the smoothest landings I have ever experienced.


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EI321 wrote:
Has Ryanair, or any other credible airline signalled they will launch routes from Waterford if the runway is extended? Surely EI regional would have made a route work by now if there was money in it?

If Stobart had left the flight run to LTN instead of moving to their own airport there’d still be flights from WAT now. If flights from Waterford to LTN (& I think the BA jetstream went to STN) were viable in the quiet 90s they should be viable now. There just isn’t the perfect airline with the right aircraft willing to fly to the right airport(s) around these days. A runway extension isn’t needed IMO. If Loganair were to expand when those ATR-42-600s arrive.....
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Heard from a good source that MSP will be A330 from
Next May 2020, sfo could be going twice daily, mco and sea could also go daily.

Montreal is still on the table but may alternate with Ottawa
Las Vegas will never happen due to being leisure traffic.

A Texas route is also being looked at , possibly hou as it’s a ua hub with connections to South America

Denver is also a contender

They looking at 3 more 330s one being another qr 330. This is on top of the 2 coming at end of 2019.

2020 is gonna be a huge year


Sounds exciting, although I think your source might be slightly mixed up in saying EI are planning to take 5 A330s over the next 12 months, in addition to a similar number of A321LRs? Seems like a lot for EI, unless they plan to replace the -200s one-for-one very quickly and streamline on a LR and -300 fleet, for now.

I don't think a UA hub would be their best choice - they have applied to join the AA/IAG/AY joint venture. Their Texas hub is DFW, but AA already links that to DUB. HOU would need to stand on its own two feet, entirely on O&D. I disagree that LAS would never be served because it is a 'Leisure' destination- its on of the the worlds leading convention markets and seconded only to Chicago in the US. MCO and MIA are also heavily leisure focused. LAS also has an advantage of being year-round and probably weaker in the summer than the winter. Like CPT it would be a decent counterbalance to the East Coast routes.
 
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5 Belfast flights targeted by lasers in 8 days.

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belf ... d-16284054
 
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With all of the consolidation happening in the Canadian market , it would be good to see EI go for much more Canada flights next year, they’ll be gagging for reasonable flights to Europe and it’s already a high airfare county
 
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Dublin pulls further and further ahead of NI’s three airports

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport are soaring in a way that makes it one of the fastest growing facilities in Europe.

It is approaching the list of the top 10 busiest airports in the continent.

Across Britain and Ireland, only London Heathrow and Gatwick have more passengers.

But we do need to be honest that our airport strategy has made it impossible for any one of the airports to compete with Dublin. Last year only six million passengers used NI’s busiest airport — Belfast International at Aldergrove — which was one fifth of Dublin’s total movements.If all NI traffic was concentrated in a single airport, it might then gain a critical mass that would attract not only some of the people who currently travel from NI down to Dublin Airport, but also some southern travellers too.

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/opinio ... -1-8926023

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DUB competes withLHR, MAN, LGW, .... the idea that we have a strategy to undermine the DUB hub is a very damaging idea .

Yes let’s give lots of love and support to regional airports but it’s everyones interest that DUB continue to grow and prosper for the all Ireland economy
 
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Galwayman wrote:
With all of the consolidation happening in the Canadian market , it would be good to see EI go for much more Canada flights next year, they’ll be gagging for reasonable flights to Europe and it’s already a high airfare county


Actually Canada has some pretty cheap airfares from YYZ to Europe.
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Booked to come home from Erasmus on the Ethiopian from MAD. Very excited even though I've to get up at ridiculous o'clock to travel from Valladolid first. I can't really get my head around their baggage policy though, they're saying €140 per extra bag...but haven't said what's included :|
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aerdingus wrote:
Booked to come home from Erasmus on the Ethiopian from MAD. Very excited even though I've to get up at ridiculous o'clock to travel from Valladolid first. I can't really get my head around their baggage policy though, they're saying €140 per extra bag...but haven't said what's included :|


How many checked bags do you need? Most tickets are giving 2 pieces.
 
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aerdingus wrote:
Booked to come home from Erasmus on the Ethiopian from MAD. Very excited even though I've to get up at ridiculous o'clock to travel from Valladolid first. I can't really get my head around their baggage policy though, they're saying €140 per extra bag...but haven't said what's included :|


How many checked bags do you need? Most tickets are giving 2 pieces.


Just the two! I eventually found that I have 2 pcs when I clicked on my ticket no in my email. So happy days :-)
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aerdingus wrote:
OA260 wrote:
aerdingus wrote:
Booked to come home from Erasmus on the Ethiopian from MAD. Very excited even though I've to get up at ridiculous o'clock to travel from Valladolid first. I can't really get my head around their baggage policy though, they're saying €140 per extra bag...but haven't said what's included :|


How many checked bags do you need? Most tickets are giving 2 pieces.


Just the two! I eventually found that I have 2 pcs when I clicked on my ticket no in my email. So happy days :-)


Yes ET are very generous when it comes to baggage. I know a few Spanish students who have booked DUB-MAD for when they go back in Summer purely due to the cheap fares and baggage allowance.
 
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OA260 wrote:
Great flight ATH-DUB with Aegean last night. Loads around 75%. Tourist season has kicked off the majority were Irish tourists followed by Greeks and around 40 passengers connecting from wider A3 network. Fantastic crew as usual and plenty of drinks runs and a decent meal. Lots of info from the flight deck about routing,weather etc... Landing into DUB was one of the smoothest landings I have ever experienced.


Sounds great. I'm looking forward to travelling this route in less than a month's time. My experience of Aegean is very good, although I can't help but think that much of the hype is around the free meal in economy more than anything else!
 
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Being reported that Aer Lingus have further delayed the introduction of the A321NEO

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aidansnn wrote:
OA260 wrote:
Great flight ATH-DUB with Aegean last night. Loads around 75%. Tourist season has kicked off the majority were Irish tourists followed by Greeks and around 40 passengers connecting from wider A3 network. Fantastic crew as usual and plenty of drinks runs and a decent meal. Lots of info from the flight deck about routing,weather etc... Landing into DUB was one of the smoothest landings I have ever experienced.


Sounds great. I'm looking forward to travelling this route in less than a month's time. My experience of Aegean is very good, although I can't help but think that much of the hype is around the free meal in economy more than anything else!


Of course with few airlines in Europe offering free bar and hot meals in Y it certainly is something that stands out from the competition. Not so noticeable out of DUB but out of LHR for example they are taking passengers from BA and have been for the last 2 years.

A3 product also offers other benefits with a dedicated family check in area at ATH , free kids packs onboard which appeal to families. The aircraft are spotless inside and the crew always professional and well groomed in my experience. Overhead TV showing moving map and other mini videos and the new wifi entertainment system. https://en.aegeanair.com/travel-informa ... an-stream/

So maybe download the App before you depart Dublin. Coupled with a very decent FF program and being part of Star Alliance they are really the only airline I would consider from Ireland to Greece. The fares are also very competitive if you book early enough and some great connections also. For me as Star Gold with them for 10 years now I get lots of additional perks which all add to the attraction of the product.
 
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EI representatives have twice been to CLE , once a few months ago ( the day of the announced 320 NEO delay ) and then a few weeks ago ! Been a few articles in local news and billboards around Cleveland ! Fingers crossed !
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