Archive for February, 2012

Department rejects Ryanair plan

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The Department of Transport says it has again rejected a Ryanair proposal to bring an extra five million passengers to the state’s three airports, claiming the plan still doesn’t stack up.

Read the full article in the Irish Independent.

Travel advice site is here to stay

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

It used to be that people who had a good customer service experience in a hotel told one or two people, while those who had a bad one told 10. Today, the numbers that can be reached by either camp with a few key strokes is closer to 50 million.

Read full article in the Irish Times.

TripAdvisor ruling welcomed

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Irish Hotels Federation has welcomed a ruling published by the British Advertising Standards Authority this morning which prohibits travel website TripAdvisor from claiming or even implying the hotel reviews it carries are “honest, real or trusted”.

Read the full article in the Irish Times.

Hotel group staff urged to write positive web reviews

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

One of the State’s largest hotel chains planned a campaign involving “a bank” of people aimed at generating false positive reviews on the influential TripAdvisor website.

Read the full article from the Irish Times.

DAA Press Release on Emirates Capacity Expansion

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

DAA Welcomes Emirates’ 52% Capacity Expansion Just Three Weeks After Dublin-Dubai Route Launch

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has welcomed Emirates Airline’s decision to significantly increase capacity on its new Dublin-Dubai route.

Emirates will increase the number of available seats on the route by 52% from July when it introduces a larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the service. The decision to increase capacity comes just three weeks after Emirates launched the new service.

Dublin has already become one of ” the airline’s most successful route launches” with many of the Dublin flights currently operating with 90% plus load factors, Emirates said.

“This is excellent news for Dublin Airport and shows the strength of the long-haul market to and from Ireland,” said DAA’s Director of Strategy, Vincent Harrison. “This is Emirates’ fastest ever capacity expansion on a new route and we look forward to welcoming its larger Boeing 777 aircraft to Dublin,” he added.

Emirates began operating the Dublin-Dubai service on January 9, with a 237-seater Airbus A330-200. “Normally, this would provide enough capacity for the first 2-3 years of a new route operation,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. “However, Dublin is exceeding our expectations much faster than was predicted and we need more seats to satisfy demand,” he added.

Emirates will introduce the 360-seater Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the Dublin-Dubai route from July 1. The Boeing aircraft will offer 310 seats in Economy Class, 42 in Business Class and 8 First Class Private Suites.

Emirates operates from the award-winning Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Terminal 2 will get another new long-haul service in June, when United Continental adds a new Dublin-Washington service to its existing Dublin-Newark operation.

Further information:
Paul O’Kane, 353 1 8141897, 353 86 6090221

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