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Irish business activity levels have improved further through the summer months to push the KBC Bank Ireland/Chartered Accountants Ireland Business Sentiment Index to its strongest levels since the survey began in late 2006. The improvement was broadly based, with all sectors reporting an improvement in business conditions and all the components of the index stronger than in the second quarter. The survey rose to 124.8 in the third quarter of 2014 from 121.8 in the previous three-month period. This increase puts the index at its highest level since the survey was first compiled in the final quarter of 2006. The improvement is consistent with a range of evidence suggesting the…

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CityJet beefs up London City to Dublin route

CityJet has announced a 25pc expansion of its London City to Dublin route and, starting this week, will operate up to nine flights every weekday. The airline said it will also start operating the earliest flight out of London City Airport with a 06:45 departure. The independent airline currently serves over 250,000 passengers on the route every year. “As an Irish-based carrier, the Dublin to London City route has always been, and remains, very important to us,” said Patrick Lukan, CityJet’s chief commercial officer. “We continue to listen to our customers and they tell us that schedule and service are key to them making their buying decision which is why…

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Wow Air to operate new Dublin-Reykjavik year-round service from summer 2015

Icelandic carrier Wow Air is to launch a new year-round Dublin-Reykjavik service from next summer. The new route, the first scheduled service between the two cities, launches on 2 June 2015 and will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, using either an Airbus A320 or A319 aircraft. The flight time will be around two hours 20 minutes. Flights will depart Keflavik Airport at 06.20 arriving in Dublin at 09.40, while the return flight will depart Dublin at 12.10, arriving Keflavik at 13.35. Tickets for the service will go on sale later today. Wow, which started flying in May 2012, is a low-cost carrier that currently operates 16 routes from its home…

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Aer Lingus Regional wins tender for Dublin-Kerry and Dublin-Donegal PSO routes

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has 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 the Aer Lingus hub at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2. 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…

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Emirates

Emirates has announced that it will be back in Ireland during October and November for recruitment events in Dublin, Limerick and Galway as it seeks to fill 5,000 cabin crew positions. The airline, which commenced its second daily flight from Dublin to Dubai this month, said the continuous growth of the company means its cabin crew requirements continue to evolve. The recruitment events are as follows: Hilton Charlemont Place, Dublin 2 on 25 October by invitation only; an open day the Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick City on 30 October; and an open day on 24 November in Galway, at a venue still to be confirmed. Each open day…

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Irish CityJet passengers are set to enjoy reduced check-in times at London City Airport as the airline today announced the introduction of the Sonic ‘phase 5’ Self Bag Tag system at the airport. Check-in time is now reduced from a couple of minutes to just 50 seconds. London City Airport already has the shortest check-in time in the UK, and this system provides passengers flying with CityJet the fastest option for checked-in baggage. The system is simple; having checked in online or at the airport kiosk, passengers weigh their bags and use their boarding pass at the Self Bag Tag kiosk to generate a label for their bag. CityJet passengers…

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Open access network operator Enet is building ‘Ireland’s first fibre-enabled town’ in Claremorris, Co Mayo, involving a €500,000 investment in broadband infrastructure. Being launched at 3pm today, Enet Fibredirect brings fibre directly into every business in the town with services delivered over the network via AirSpeed Telecom. Supported by Claremorris Chamber of Commerce and Mayo County Council, is a genuine 100pc fibre service, with fibre optic cables being delivered directly into premises. Other so-called ‘fibre’ services connect to a local telecoms exchange or cabinet, but still rely on older copper networks to reach premises, resulting in a significant loss of performance, according to Enet. Construction of the new Enet Fibredirect…

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Ryanair

Ryanair has signed a long-term deal with Navtech Inc, a leader in flight operations software and services, to provide aeronautical charts and flight management system (FMS) data for use on board its fleet of 300 Boeing 737-800s. Ryanair converted to Navtech paper charts and FMS data in August and is currently transferring to ‘electronic flight bags’ with Navtech’s state-of-the-art cockpit solution iCharts EFB, which provides pilots with quick and easy access to the most up to date data as well as customisation options based on user and organizations size. “Ryanair is pleased to launch Navtech Charts and FMS data on board our flights this summer. In Navtech, we found a…

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Aer Lingus Regional wins tender for Dublin-Kerry and Dublin-Donegal PSO routes

Aer Lingus Regional adds Leeds Bradford to route network The expansion of the airline’s route network follows the ongoing success of the franchise agreement between Stobart Air and Aer Lingus, which saw both a Shannon to Bristol and Cork to Newcastle service launched earlier this year. This announcement is the first time that Aer Lingus has operated flights to Leeds Bradford in 14 years. Aer Lingus Regional 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. According to managing director of Stobart Air Julian Carr, the launch of the route marks a significant…

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The industries most impacted by the economic downturn – including manufacturing and motoring – showed continued signs of improvement in August 2014, according to new figures from Vision-net.ie. The manufacturing sector experienced 50pc fewer insolvencies last month (five) when compared to August last year (10), while the motor industry saw no insolvencies during August 2014. Vision-net.ie said, however, that overall insolvencies across all sectors increased by 19pc (108 v 91) in August when compared with last year. Forty-five percent of last month’s company insolvencies were recorded in Dublin, followed by 19pc in Cork and 6pc in Galway. Leitrim, Offaly, Laois, Sligo and Westmeath experienced no insolvencies during August. The figures…

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