Aer Lingus Regional to Terminate Flights from Waterford in Ireland

Aer Lingus Regional, a service operated by Irish regional airline, Aer Arann, under a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus, an Ireland-based airline, is set to withdraw its base at Waterford Airport in Ireland, from 2013.

The airline will be terminating its routes from Waterford Airport to Manchester, London Luton and London Southend airports in England, from New Year 2013.

The airline chief executive officer, Graham Doyle, said, ‘We have been aware of Aer Arann’s difficulties since before their examinership in 2010 and continued to work with them through these challenges. Regrettably, however, the airline has limited its capacity on the Waterford routes. This has been due to issues elsewhere in their business rather than the market in the Southeast region with a population of almost 500,000.

This has seen services reduced on the consistently high-performing London Luton route in favour of Southend Airport, whose owners are now also Aer Arann’s largest shareholder. The Southend route performed poorly by comparison so that even a major marketing push by Waterford Airport and our partners could not fully mitigate this switch.

It is clearly a blow to have key UK routes withdrawn in these particular circumstances and is especially disappointing given that the Aer Lingus Regional brand was only introduced at Waterford as recently as late March of this year – just over seven months ago.

We were delighted to be working with the Aer Lingus brand but our understanding is that the decision arises from the sale of an aircraft by Aer Arann that necessitates them further cutting their route network.’

Travel Bloggers Heading to Dublin for TBEX Europe Conference in 2013

Dublin, Ireland, will be hosting next year’s TBEX Europe travel bloggers conference, one of the largest conferences, worldwide, for travel bloggers.

Rick Calvert, the chief executive of TBEX, a community of travel bloggers, said, ‘We are very excited to have chosen as the destination for our event in October, 2013. We’ll be hosting hundreds of travel bloggers and travel industry professionals from all over the world for two days of comprehensive educational programming and engaging networking events.

Our delegates will be sharing their unique Dublin discoveries and experiences with the world online. We couldn’t have chosen a better destination, as Dublin is the European headquarters of companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga and Twitter; it’s a thriving social media hub. 2013 is also the year of The Gathering in Ireland and TBEX is proud to be a part of it.’

The Irish minister of state for tourism, Michael Ring TD, said, ‘This is a great achievement for tourism and Ireland. Thanks to the efforts of Failte Ireland, we have won a conference, which will deliver up to 450 travel bloggers to our shores in October 2013. This could not happen at a better time. By that time, The Gathering will be in full swing and I can guarantee that all who attend will experience Ireland at its best and most lively.’

TBEX aims to provide travel bloggers with opportunities for career growth in professional travel media through education and networking with travel industry professionals and direct marketing agencies.

For international travel bloggers, Dublin offers a location to explore and a chance to meet and exchange ideas.

Mary Jo Manzanares, the conference director for TBEX, said, ‘With its history, architecture and culture providing a backdrop to modern city life, Dublin offers something for every travel blogging niche and every travel blogger budget. Failte Ireland with support from Tourism Ireland is rolling out the red carpet to welcome our attendees to their home, and I’m very excited for October.’