Dublin was London City Airport’s (LCA) second busiest route after Edinburgh, Scotland, in February. Passenger numbers to Dublin climbed 194pc compared to February 2014, with over 35,500 passengers travelling to Dublin through LYC. Dublin is benefitting from increased capacity as a result of new services by Flybe and British Airways, which along with the longstanding CityJet service, mean LCY now offers the most daily flights to Ireland’s capital from any UK airport. Overall, passenger traffic last month was up 33.4pc at LCY compared to February 2014 with the airport reporting Edinburgh, Dublin and Amsterdam as the its busiest routes with a combined total of 112,380 passengers over the month. Declan…

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VLM to operate services from Waterford Airport to Luton and Birmingham

Flights on the Waterford-London Luton route are to resume at the end of next month, with Belgian-based VLM Airlines set to fly 12 times a week in each direction. VLM will also operate a four times a week service from Waterford to Birmingham. Last December, Flybe announced that it would be axing its service on the route on 20 March. This was the airport’s last commercial route following Flybe’s decision a couple of months earlier to cancel its service to Manchester. Aer Lingus Regional , meanwhile, discontinued its service on the Waterford-London Luton route in January 2013. VLM will operate twice-daily Monday-Friday flights, as well as a Saturday and a Sunday service. Operations…

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Aer Lingus Regional to operate new route from Dublin to Robin Hood Airport

Aer Lingus Regional is to run a new service between Dublin Airport and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield from 29 May. The airline, which is operated by Stobart Air, will now serve 14 UK destinations from Ireland. The new route will operate five times a week. “Along with direct traffic to Dublin, we will also target the transatlantic market from Doncaster,” said Peter O’Mara, business development director, Stobart Air. “Passengers can travel to Dublin and seamlessly connect to Aer Lingus’ mainline services to the US and Canada. This will save hours of travel time and queueing in US airports by availing of US Customs and border preclearance facilities in Dublin Airport prior to…

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Aidan Bell, Aramark managing director

Facilities management, food and property provider Aramark Ireland has created 17 new jobs following the integration of Sligo-based Lotus Facilities Management (FM), which was acquired by Aramark in 2013. Since the acquisition, Aramark has doubled the Lotus FM workforce to 34 people, most of whom are based in the north west. Aidan Bell, Aramark managing director, said: “Over the past 12 months we have significantly grown our operations in the North West. By joining Lotus FM’s considerable local knowledge with the investment and resources of Aramark, we have not only added several high value contracts but we have also been able to create valuable employment in the region.” Over the…

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Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland with broadcaster and Meath man Hector Ó’hEoghagáin

Trim, Co Meath has become Vodafone Ireland’s 500th 4G town, which means that its superfast 4G speeds are now reaching 90pc of the Irish population. 4G means ten times faster speeds on smartphones to watch videos with no buffering, instant photo uploads and seamless music streaming, while business customers can download large emails and send files quicker than ever before. Speaking at a reception attended by local business owners, community and public representatives in Trim, Vodafone CEO Anne O’Leary said: “Previously where you lived determined your access to high quality networks but we’re changing this.  We want to provide a service that anyone can use, creating massive potential to access…

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Document and workflow solutions provider Nitro has secured a contract with AIB to roll out a solution to over 1,000 employees, meaning it has reached the milestone of 500,000 customers globally. Australian-founded with global headquarters in San Francisco, Nitro simplifies the way people create, edit, sign, and share digital documents. Nitro officially established its EMEA headquarters in Dublin in January of last year with plans to hire 50 employees in its first two years of operation. Since then, Nitro has experienced over 50pc growth in Europe and plans to expand to over 100 staff in Dublin by the end of 2016. It currently has 40 staff and a new larger…

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Apple has announced plans to build an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway. The company also said it will spend another €850m on a data centre in Denmark’s central Jutland. The two centres, which represent Apple’s biggest projects in Europe to date, will operate on 100pc renewable energy and will power the company’s online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. The centres, which will each measure 166,000 sq m, are expected to begin operations in 2017 and, according to Apple, include designs with additional benefits for their communities. In Athenry, Apple will recover land previously used for growing and harvesting…

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Ryanair launches winter 2015 schedule

Ryanair has reported record bookings from American customers following the launch of its new US Ryanair website in December, which enables flight bookings to be made in dollars. Bookings from the US have increased by almost 50pc in the two months since www.ryanair.com/us went live. London Stansted–Dublin is the most popular route for US visitors, followed by Edinburgh–Dublin, Rome–Barcelona, Paris–Dublin and Frankfurt Hahn–London Stansted, with the most bookings coming from customers living in California, New York, Texas, Florida and New Jersey. “Ryanair launched a dedicated American version of the Ryanair.com website to make it easier for US customers to book Europe’s lowest fares,” said Ryanair’s Robin Kiely. “The response from the…

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Irish Water agrees €100m loan facility with Ulster Bank

Irish Water said today that it has signed a €100m loan facility with Ulster Bank in the first in a series of loan agreements expected to be agreed with other domestic and international banks in the coming weeks. The company said its long term funding plan is progressing well, and will enable it to finance the significant investment that is required in the water network. “The ability to access private sector financing in order to invest in improving Ireland’s water infrastructure was a key reason for the establishment of Irish Water,” said Ervia group finance director, Michael O’Sullivan. “The funds we are borrowing will be used to address decades of…

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€35m investment for Irish dairy sector innovation

The Irish Government has announced a new €35m investment in two innovation initiatives for the Irish dairy sector. The two projects are an Enterprise Ireland-funded €25m Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), hosted by the University of Limerick. The second is a €10m investment by Teagasc and dairy industry shareholders in the expansion of the Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) pilot plant facility in Fermoy, Co Cork. The investment by the Irish Government and the Irish industry is designed to position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation. It will also greatly help to maximise the long term growth opportunities created by anticipated increase of 50pc in the Irish milk pool…

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