Aviation


5
Jun 14

New flights Could Land 300 Jobs

Passenger growth at Shannon Airport is set to have a significant benefit for LimerickUP to 300 new jobs could be on the way for the region with the announcement this week that Ryanair will operate five new Winters routes out of Shannon airport.

The airline is continuing a winter schedule with five of the routes which took wing for the first time in April – Berlin, Fuerteventura, Krackow, Warsaw and Paris.

And the low-cost carrier is increasing the number of flights between Shannon and Stansted from 12 to 14 flights per week in a move to capture more of the business flight sector.

Ryanair’s David O’Brien said that the budget airline took the decision to continue into the winter schedule with the routes because they are “very content with the way these routes are building”.

Pointing out that Ryanair has bases at 186 airports across Europe which are all aggressively seeking a bigger slice of the airline’s business, Mr O’Brien said that it was “an achievement” for Shannon to secure ten new routes in April and to have five extended into a consecutive season.

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7
May 14

Dublin-based aircraft-leasing firm Avolon ‘could be worth $2bn in Stock Market Floatation’

Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, left, reacts during a news conference with Domhnal Slattery, chief executive officer of Avolon Leasing Group, on the third day of the Farnborough International Air Show in Farnborough, U.K., on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The Farnborough International Air Show runs from July 9-15. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Ray Conner; Domhnal SlatteryDublin-based aircraft-leasing firm Avolon, which was established by Clare entrepreneur Domhnal Slattery, could be worth as much as $2bn (€1.4bn) if it floats on the stockmarket, according to an analysis by Bloomberg.

Last month, it emerged that Avolon had hired JP Morgan Chase andMorgan Stanley to explore a possible stockmarket listing or a sale of the business. Avolon is owned by private-equity firms including Oak Hill Capital Partners, Cinven and CVC Capital Partners.

A listing would see it make a stockmarket debut in the United States. The Government ofSingapore Investment Corporation is also an investor in the lessor.

Avolon has the youngest fleet of any global aircraft leasing firm and has 47 customers around the world. At the end of the first quarter of this year, it had 115 aircraft in service with clients and a total committed fleet, which includes orders, of 202 aircraft.

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13
Apr 14

New Ryanair Cologne Base Will Create 700 Jobs and Five Routes

RyanairBudget airline Ryanair will create 700 jobs and five new routes when it opens a new base at Cologne in October.

The Irish firm plans to invest more than $90m (€ 64m, £53m) at the German airport and open routes to Dublin, London Stansted, Madrid, Riga and Rome Ciampino.

The move, which will deliver more than 700,000 customers per year for the airline, will see Ryanair conducting 86 weekly flights.

“The state of North Rhein Westfalia is an important part of the European economy and we want to support bringing business travellers to do business, as well as tourists who want to visit a wonderful part of Germany,” said Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer of Ryanair.

To celebrate the announcement Ryanair said it is releasing 100,000 seats on sale from €19.99 for travel in May and June, which are available for booking until midnight 14 April.

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13
Apr 14

€500,000 to Stimulate Aviation Start-ups.

The Government, via Enterprise Ireland, has launched a €500,000 fund aimed at stimulating start-up growth in the aviation and manufacturing sectors.

“The aviation focus follows on from the Government’s publication of the Shannon Aviation Business Development Taskforce final report and the need to encourage and support entrepreneurship in the aviation sector,” Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said.

The fund is open to a range of firms and is looking to provide early-stage funding for key commercial and technical milestones that can ensure delivery of young companies’ products or services.

Brian O’Neill of Enterprise Ireland said the establishment of the fund shows Enterprise Ireland’s focus on the importance of production and stimulating interest in new manufacturing technologies as well as the promotion of new start-up activity in the manufacturing sector.

“We already have in place a world-class aviation eco-system which offers tremendous potential for new businesses with new innovative products and services,” he said.

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4
Apr 14

Ryanair Plans to Create 200 New Jobs in Ireland

A major boost has been handed to the economy today with the announcement of around 765 new jobs.

Airline Ryanair has revealed plans to create 200 new jobs in Ireland in a new 100,000 sq ft tech hub in Airside Business Park, Swords, Dublin.

The positions will be made available in technology, software development and digital marketing as the company looks to improve Ryanair.com and released a new mobile app at the end of June.

Ryanair also confirmed that up to March 2015, it expect traffic to grow from 81.5m to over 84m passengers with new bases in Lisbon, Athens, Brussels, Rome and as it expands its Dublin and London Stansted networks.

About 200 jobs are to be created with the expansion of pharmaceutical company Alexion in Ireland.

The firm said it is investing €75 million in a new global supply chain headquarters at College Park in Blanchardstown, west Dublin.

It is expected a further 200 construction jobs will be created during the building of the site over the next three years.

Planning permission has been granted for a 15,000 square metre laboratory, office, packaging and warehouse facility on the 41-acre greenfield site at College Park. It is due to open in 2017.

Alexion, which develops therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare disorders, said it will take on the 200 new staff by 2016 in a number of roles including supply chain, quality control, warehousing and support.

The company already employs more than 60 people at its Park West plant in Dublin. Earlier this year, it announced plans to acquire a second site in Athlone to create a factory for bottling medicines.

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18
Jan 14

Emirates to Double its Services to Dublin

Emirates AirlineEmirates, a global connector of people and places, will serve Dublin with a second daily non-stop flight from 1 September 2014. The airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will add capacity of more than 5,000 seats a week in both directions.

The new daily service will complement Emirates’ Boeing 777 operation that commenced in January 2012. Timings have been scheduled to facilitate more effective onward connections from Dubai to major destinations in Australia and New Zealand, with shorter journey times into Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane. Following the partnership agreement with Qantas, Emirates will continue to offer connections to almost 60 cities across Australia and New Zealand.

Furthermore, the new flight introduces new connections to the Far East, India, East and Southern Africa. Passengers travelling on business trips will be offered a convenient overnight flight option with an early morning arrival into Dubai.

The second service will feature 360 seats in a three-class configuration – eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class. Flight EK163 will leave Dubai at 1600hrs to reach Dublin at 2050hrs. The return flight EK164 will depart Dublin at 2220hrs, and will arrive in Dubai at 0855hrs the next day.

“Air travel is indispensable for tourism and trade, the major engines of Ireland’s resurgent economy.  Emirates’ expanded schedule will offer better connectivity for our customers when travelling between Dublin and Dubai and onwards to the rest of our network, increasing access to emerging markets and encouraging investment and innovation. There is a clear traffic flow taking place from Dublin to a number of destinations in our network, therefore boosting connections makes business sense” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline.

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4
Dec 13

20 New Jobs for Shannon Airport with Expansion of Aer Lingus Regional

Aer Lingus Regional has announced the creation of 20 new jobs at Shannon Aiport following its news that an additonal aircraft will be based at the facility next year.Aer Lingus Regional has announced the creation of 20 new jobs at Shannon Aiport following its news that an additonal aircraft will be based at the facility next year.

The news comes as the airline introduces a new route between Shannon and Bristol, and doubles frequency and capacity on routes to Birmingham and Manchester.

The airline has confirmed that this will bring an extra 100,000 passengers through Clare’s International airport next year.

They also anticipate growing passenger numbers to 240,000 next year and to 250,000 in 2015.

“This welcome announcement by Aer Lingus Regional is excellent news for Shannon and, indeed, the wider West of Ireland region,” said CEO of Shannon Group plc, Neil Pakey.

“There is already very strong demand for Aer Lingus Regional’s Birmingham and Manchester services, while Bristol has in the past been a very successful route here.”

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the announcement was a further boost from the suspension of the Travel Tax in Budget 2014.

“These new services are a major boost for tourism and business in the Shannon region and my Department will now work together with Tourism Ireland to promote them,” Minister Varadkar said.

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17
Nov 13

Ryanair Reveals Nine New Routes

Ryanair has put its money where its mouth is by launching nine new routes in to Dublin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

The low-fares carrier said 300 jobs will be created and 700,000 more passengers carried by the expansion in services, which are due to take off next April.

Another 700 spin-off jobs are expected to be supported at Dublin Airport.

Ryanair insisted the new routes – and extra frequencies on eight other services – are the final part of the one million passenger growth it promised to deliver if Government scrapped the 3 euro (£2.50) travel tax.

Mr Kenny said airline boss Michael O’Leary put his money where his mouth is.

“I think this is a great decision by Ryanair,” the Taoiseach said.

“He did say it. He has done it. Let’s all work together and build on it.”

The new routes to Almeria, Bari, Basle, Bucharest, Chania, Comiso, Lisbon, Marrakesh and Prague were announced jointly by Ryanair and Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

Mr O’Leary said a critical component of the growth will also be 100 extra weekly flights on popular services from Britain, reversing the trend of dwindling tourism numbers from the UK.

Pilots, cabin crew and engineers will be hired next year.

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17
Oct 13

Ryanair Plans New Ireland Routes after Tax Axe

Ryanair plans new Ireland routes after tax axeIreland’s airport operators have been summoned to meet with Ryanair to discuss plans to boost traffic numbers by one million passengers following the Irish government’s move to axe its air travel tax.

Earlier this week the Irish government revealed it would scrap its €3 travel tax from April next year. Yesterday Ryanair said it believed the abolishment of the tax would allow it to grow traffic across Ireland by more than a million passengers next year.

 Ryanair said it would be meeting with Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry airports today and tomorrow to finalise plans to launch new routes and increase frequency on existing routes.

 Ryanair’s deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said: “Subject to final negotiation on new routes and additional frequencies on existing routes with the individual airports, we hope to be in a position to announce details of new route and traffic growth plans at the Irish airports over the coming weeks.”

 Ryanair has fought a long-standing battle against the tax, which was introduced in January 2009 during the Irish financial crisis. The low-cost carrier claims the tax resulted in a passenger decline at Irish airports from 30.5 million in 2008 to 23.5 million in 2012.

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9
Jul 13

Aer Lingus Announces Major Long-haul Expansion, Creating more than 200 Jobs.

There will be a year-round direct service between Dublin and San Francisco from April, 2014. There will be five services per week which will be operated by the Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.

There will be a Boeing B757 service to Canada during the summer season and up to four weekly services will operate in winter.

Two Boeing B757 aircrafts will be based in Shannon so existing flights to Boston and New York can run more frequently. Year-round connections from Shannon to the east-coast will be introduced. This expansion will directly support more than 200 new jobs.

This growth plan will bring Aer Lingus’ long haul schedule to 10 daily transatlantic services, connecting Ireland and Europe to cities throughout North America and Canada. Passengers from England and Scotland will see benefits: they can now get a flight from Edinburgh to Dublin or a flight from Manchester to Dublin and travel on to various new destinations in America and Canada.

Christoph Mueller, Aer Lingus’ Chief Executive, said: “This expansion is extremely positive news for Aer Lingus and for the broader economy in terms of business, tourism and employment. Our transatlantic capacity will increase by 24% in 2014 and this expansion will directly support more than 200 jobs within Aer Lingus and our partner airline ASL Aviation Group.”

Our operation of the San Francisco route will strengthen Ireland’s ties with Silicon Valley (whose technology companies are often headquartered in Dublin) and encourage Ireland’s development as a technology hub for Europe. Toronto is popular with tourists and is home to a large Irish community, so we look forward to welcoming them on board. We are confident that the increased number of flights from Shannon to New York and Boston will bring additional tourists to the Western region.”

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