Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, today announced the addition of East Midlands Airport to its Dublin route network with twice daily flights due to begin on 5 February, 2015.
The airline expects to carry up to 70,000 customers annually on the new route and will operate all services on the company's brand new fleet of regional aircraft. All flights to and from East Midlands will operate from Aer Lingus' hub at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2, where passengers can avail of US Customs and Border Pre-Clearance for onward travel to the US.
The addition of East Midlands to the airline's route network follows the ongoing success of the franchise agreement between Stobart Air and Aer Lingus which saw a Cork to Newcastle route launched earlier this year and most recently a new service from Dublin to Leeds Bradford which will commence on 23 October.
Today's announcement is the first time that Aer Lingus Regional has operated flights to East Midlands in 18 years. East Midlands Airport is located close to the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester in the UK.
The addition of East Midlands to the route network means Aer Lingus Regional now serves 28 major UK cities from Ireland.
The route will offer daily return services to accommodate business passengers travelling to Dublin and will enable UK-based passengers to connect to Aer Lingus mainline transatlantic services to New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. The new Aer Lingus business class cabin from March 2015 will offer brand new two-meter flat beds and new state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment via a 16 inch high definition multi-touch screen.
Speaking today, Mr Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Stobart Air, said that the launch of this route is a significant milestone as it marks the 28th route launch for Stobart Air under the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus.
Mr Fagan said: "We are delighted to announce the launch of our 28th new route under our franchise agreement with Aer Lingus. This route to East Midlands from Dublin Airport will offer more options, choice and convenience for Aer Lingus Regional customers travelling between Ireland and the UK. We hope to facilitate strong ties between Dublin and the East Midlands region.
"We are pleased to link Dublin to a region which has eight major universities including Loughborough University and University of Leicester, as well as being home to the headquarters of some of the UK's most iconic businesses including Rolls Royce, Aero and Marine, JCB and Boots.
"This new route will also enable UK-based passengers to connect with Aer Lingus mainline services in Dublin where they can pre-clear security and customs for some of the main US cities, in advance of making their onward trip. It is estimated that this service will save passengers up to two hours on arrival at US destinations.
"Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing our customers with easy, convenient and great value in regional connections and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new route," Mr Fagan concluded.
Dublin Airport Managing Director, Mr Vincent Harrison welcomed the launch of the new Aer Lingus Regional service to East Midlands, which he said would offer additional choice to passengers travelling between Ireland and Britain and also provide easy connections to Dublin Airport's expanding long-haul network.
"Dublin Airport is becoming a significant European hub for transatlantic traffic, and the addition of this Aer Lingus Regional service will enable even more UK-based customers to experience the excellent transfer product at Dublin," Mr Harrison added.
"East Midlands-based passengers connecting at Dublin have access to a huge range of choice on North American destinations and can also avail of pre-clearance facilities for US-bound flights, meaning all US customs and immigration checks are carried out in Dublin prior to take-off."
Mr Harrison said Dublin Airport executives would be "working closely with Aer Lingus Regional to promote the new service to East Midlands and the recently launched Leeds Bradford service because of the significant potential for onward connections at Dublin Airport".
Source: Stobart Air
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0942h UTC Oct 01, 2014
Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced August 2014 data for global air freight markets showing continued robust growth in air cargo volumes. Measured by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), volumes rose 5.1% in August, compared to August 2013. Capacity grew at a slower pace of 3.4% from the previous year. This is the second strong month for cargo volumes in a row, following the 6.1% year-on-year rise recorded in July.
Carriers in all regions reported an expansion in volumes. Closely following improvements in world trade and business activity, airlines in the Middle East, North America and Asia reported the strongest growth in the 5-8% range. By comparison demand in Europe and Latin America lagged in the 1-1.5% range as a result of Brazilian economic weakness and EU sanctions on business with Russia, respectively.
"The outlook for air cargo is clearly getting better. However, there are some limiting factors on the extent of potential gains. Demand for air cargo is growing more slowly than global economic activity. Businesses are reported to have more confidence in the future, but the list of political and economic risks continues to moderate how that confidence translates into actual activity," said Tony Tyler, IATA's Director General and CEO.
Regional analysis in depth
Asia Pacific carriers grew 6.3%, continuing the acceleration of recent months. Emerging Asia trade volumes have expanded volumes solidly in June and July. A notable rise in Chinese export orders bodes well for future demand growth. Capacity expanded 4.4%
European airlines grew 1.4%. Economic activity within the Eurozone continues to deteriorate, although the latest data does show a moderate pick-up in imports and exports. EU sanctions as a result of the Russia-Ukraine crisis also continues to affect demand. Capacity expanded 4.8%
North American carriers increased air freight volumes by a solid 5.5% compared to a year ago. A rebound in business activity following the weakness in the first quarter and positive underlying economic growth trends should support stronger growth in the coming months. Capacity fell 0.4%
Middle Eastern carriers reported cargo growth of 7.8%, a little below the year-to-date average of 9.6%. The Middle East continues to expand strongly on its growing links to developing markets, as well as diversifying into important commodities such as perishables. Capacity was up 6.0%
Latin American airlines saw air cargo grow by a sluggish 1.1% compared to August 2013. The weakness in Latin American freight volumes reflects declines in regional trade activity and the anemic performance of the Brazilian economy. Capacity expanded 7.6%
African airlines reported the strongest growth of air cargo demand with a 9.2% year-on-year expansion. Although this is the second consecutive month of strong growth, the volatility of African data, coupled with the slowdown in key African economies such as South Africa, means it is too soon to understand the extent to which this represents a real and sustainable acceleration. Capacity grew 4.2%.
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0852h UTC Oct 01, 2014
DUBAI, U.A.E. - Emirates is taking its flagship aircraft, Airbus A380 to Manila on 7th October to celebrate the airline's move to the International Terminal (T3) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and its commitment to the Philippines.
Emirates began flights between Dubai and Manila in 1990 and due to the consistently strong passenger and cargo demand continued to increase its flight frequency to its current triple daily, non-stop passenger services.
Emirates' one-off A380 service, which will be flown by Captain Franklyn Mallari Desiderio from the Philippines, will depart Dubai International Airport on 7th October as EK334 at 0920hrs and arrive in Manila at 2210hrs. The return flight will depart as EK8335 at 0115hrs on 8th October, arriving back in Dubai at 0540hrs.
Barry Brown, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East, said, "We are thankful to the Government of Philippines for allowing us to operate three daily flights in to Manila. The Philippines is one of our major markets and we have seen the demand for our services continuing to grow. Since we connected the two cities 24 years ago, Emirates served over 6.6 million passengers and carried over 150,000 tonnes of cargo. Each of our flights over those years have contributed the growth and development of Philippines' trade and tourism as well as providing ease of travel for overseas Filipino professionals.
"In 2013 Emirates welcomed over 820,000 passengers on its three daily Dubai-Manila services with a very high average seat factor demonstrating the consistent strength of passenger demand, choice and award-winning service which Emirates brings to Philippines," Mr Brown continued.
"Bringing our flagship A380 to Manila is a fantastic way to celebrate our move to the new international terminal and also our commitment to the Philippines," concluded Mr Brown.
Emirates currently operates 53 A380s which fly to 31 destinations across the airline's ever increasing global network, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and New York.
Emirates' A380 is renowned for the range of innovations it offers to make the journey more comfortable and enjoyable for passengers travelling in all classes.
First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped Private Suites; the cabin also has two exquisitely designed onboard Shower Spas, ensuring a revitalised and refreshed arrival.
For First and Business Class passengers the on-board lounge is the social highlight, featuring a fully-stocked bar and a selection of hot and cold canapés.
Business Class passengers can relax in seats that convert to flat beds up to 87 inches (two metres) long, whilst those travelling in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches.
Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates' award-winning ice (information, communication, entertainment) Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system, which features over 1,800 channels.
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0851h UTC Oct 01, 2014
DENVER - Frontier Airlines today announced that it is bringing its friendly low fare service to the heart of South Florida with flights to four new non-stop destinations from Miami (MIA) beginning Dec. 20. The airline also reinforced its commitment to ‘Low Fares Done Right' by announcing a one-day only sale from Miami to new destinations New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and Chicago (ORD) starting at an incredibly low $14.99 one-way only at FlyFrontier.com. Introductory fares of $59 - $99 one-way will be available for purchase through Oct. 6.
"We're excited to bring our unique brand of low fares to Miami - a popular vacation and cultural destination - giving more customers the ability to travel," said Frontier Airlines Senior Vice President, Commercial Daniel Shurz. "Frontier is the home of ‘Low Fares Done Right' which means delivering not only an outstanding travel value but a reliable and friendly experience."
"We welcome the arrival of Frontier Airlines at MIA and are thrilled to offer our customers this fantastic low fare option to leading U.S. destinations," said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. "Frontier is not new to South Florida, but their strong lineup of flights from MIA - nearly 40 each week - makes it clear that Miami is key to their future growth plans in the region."
Flights on Frontier Airlines, which will be the only low cost carrier serving Miami, take off to Denver (DEN), New York (LGA) and Philadelphia (PHL), beginning Dec. 20, and to Chicago (ORD) beginning Dec. 21. Frontier also provides low fare, friendly service from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL) to Cincinnati (CVG); Cleveland (CLE); St. Louis (STL); Trenton, N.J. (TTN); and Washington (IAD).
Source: Frontier Airlines
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0843h UTC Oct 01, 2014