Irish Travel Industry Comments on Thomas Cook Irish Closure

DATE: 16 January 2014

16th January, 2014: The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has expressed concern over the closure of Thomas Cook’s Irish office and the termination of chartered holidays from Ireland from 30th April 2014.   Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “This move by Thomas Cook will impact Irish consumers as there will now be between […]

Passengers up at Dublin Airport for busiest year since 2009

DATE: 14 January 2014

Irish Times.com Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 6 per cent to 20.2 million last year, as an extra 1.1 million people used the airport. The increase was driven by a 13 per cent record-breaking jump in transatlantic traffic. On the back of such strong passenger numbers, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has disclosed […]

Travellers warned of visa changes for visiting Turkey

DATE: 10 January 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014 A change to Turkish foreign visa rules means Irish people travelling there will no longer be able to purchase a visa on arrival. From Apr 17, an electronic visa will replace the traditional ‘sticker visa’ issued at border crossings. The e-visa must be obtained prior to travel and is valid when […]

Deep Arctic freeze grips US disrupting travel and business

DATE: 7 January 2014

  07 January 2014 – Irish Independent A blast of Arctic air has gripped the vast middle of the United States with the coldest temperatures in two decades causing at least four deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.   TRAVEL SNARLED Some 4,000 flights were canceled and 7,500 delayed, […]

Santa has excited children on cloud nine as he pays flying visit

DATE: 16 December 2013

Kathryn Hayes – 16 December 2013 THE magic of Christmas was all around the skies over the weekend when thousands of children got flights to see Santa courtesy of Aer Lingus Regional and Ryanair. In Dublin scores of children from Crumlin Hospital got to meet Santa during a special visit. The Aer Lingus Regional ‘Santa Express’ […]

Give the gift of a holiday this Christmas!

DATE: 10 December 2013

    ITAA Travel Deals of the Week    Give the gift of a holiday this Christmas!       Italian Ski offer, Sestriere, Olympic Villiage Apartments, 7 nights, €389pp  For the athlete: The Olympic Village Apartments are just a short five minute walk from the nearest ski lift to the top of the mountain. Created for […]

Travel Trade Family Fun Day successfully raised €45,000 for charity

DATE: 5 November 2013

Press Release Date: 4th November 2013 It was announced today that the Travel Trade Family Fun Day has once again surpassed its fundraising target and successfully raised €45,000.   This year’s chosen charities are Pieta House, the Make a Wish Foundation and the charities in the “Helping Hand Fund” Cheeverstown House and Footsteps for Alex. […]

ITAA Comments on Ryanair’s Announcement of new routes

DATE: 30 October 2013

25th October, 2013: The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has welcomed the announcement that Ryanair has launched eight new services from Shannon Airport to destinations across Europe, including Berlin, Paris and Warsaw.   Pat Dawson, ITAA CEO said, “The ITAA are delighted to see airlines following through on their promise to produce at least one […]

ITAA Deals of the Week 24/10/2013 – for football fans

DATE: 25 October 2013

It’s that time of year again when football fever takes its hold. Make sure you’re part of the action and avail of some great savings by booking one of our football fan deals of the week! Deals of the Week 24/10/2013  Premier League Hotel and Match ticket packages  See Manchester United vs. Arsenal or Liverpool […]

Decline in queries regarding airline compensation

DATE: 15 October 2013

  Decline in queries regarding airline compensation by Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner Tuesday, October 15, 2013   The number of queries from air passengers about their rights to compensation as a result of cancellations and delays has decreased by 9% in the first half of 2013.   Figures published yesterday show the Commission for Aviation […]