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Europe’s November Passenger Traffic Up 7.9%

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Passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by 7.9% in November, according to the latest monthly analysis from ACI Europe. Growth was marginally up from the 7.8% increase in October.

Passenger volumes at EU airports grew by 6.8%. However ACI Europe said the increase would have been even stronger were it not for “a series of airline-caused disruptions” including Ryanair cancellations as a result of the airline’s pilot rostering issues.

However ACI Europe said the primary impact came from Air Berlin and Monarch having ceased operations, contributing to traffic losses at Berlin-TXL (-21.1%), Dusseldorf (-9.1%), Vienna (-0.1%), Birmingham (-1.5%) and Copenhagen (-3.5%).

Non-EU airports continued to lead the growth in passenger traffic, with November volumes increasing by 11.6%.

Georgian airports led the dynamic, with growth of 31.8%, while Iceland, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia also saw their airports achieving double digit growth.

Among Europe’s major airports, the biggest November growth was seen at Frankfurt (+21.1%), Palma De Mallorca (+16.4%), Moscow SVO (+16.4%), Istanbul IST (+15%) and Istanbul SAW (+10.7%).

Among Europe’s Group 2 airports, the highest November growth was seen at Ankara (+32%), Tel Aviv (+17.4%), Lisbon (17.3%), Budapest (+16.9%) and Prague (+15.1%).

21st January 2018


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Tourism Ireland Marketing Plans 2018

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Building on this year’s success and sustaining growth into the future is at the heart of Tourism Ireland’s strategy for 2018. Their marketing plans for 2018 aim to build on this year’s growth to deliver €6 billion (+5%) in overseas tourism revenue to the island of Ireland, by welcoming 10.8 million visitors next year.

They noted factors, such as new flights to Ireland favouring this growth – including the first ever direct flight from the Asia-Pacific region, with a new Cathay Pacific service from Hong Kong set to launch in June, as well as new Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Seattle and Philadelphia.

Other positives highlighted by Tourism Ireland include the strong economies in many key source markets; as well as their strength in digital and social media to reach new audiences. The release of Star Wars: Episode VIII – which will feature various locations along the western seaboard – will also give them a truly unique opportunity to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland in 2018.

They acknowledged that 2018 will undoubtedly present some challenges – not least Brexit, which is likely to continue to impact on consumer confidence and, in turn, on outbound travel from Britain making investment in year-round marketing programmes more important than ever. In Britain, with the depreciation of sterling against the euro means that value for money will continue to be a key message for them into next year.

Tourism Ireland also detail in their plans how they will continue to work with Fáilte Ireland, tour operators, air and sea carriers, regional airports and sea ports, to foster the greater dispersal of visitors around the regions of Ireland and right throughout the year, highlighting Ireland for shoulder and off-peaks breaks.

The key strategic areas that will underpin their marketing activity include:

  • ​Focusing resources: Tourism Ireland will focus its investment on the basis of market potential and will continue to implement its market diversification strategy. They will continue to maximise holiday revenue through investment in Mainland Europe and North America. They will implement actions arising from comprehensive reviews of the US and German markets. They also plan to optimise investment in Australia and will exploit new access opportunities from Asia and the Middle East to grow business from emerging markets of high potential.
  • New global ad campaign: They plan to develop an inspiring new global advertising campaign, to refresh and reinvigorate the presentation of the island of Ireland overseas, for roll-out in 2019 and beyond.
  • Digital and social media: In 2018, Tourism Ireland will continue to leverage its strength in digital and social media. They plan to make a step-change in their digital marketing capability by undertaking a significant ‘refresh’ of the international website, Ireland.com, to increase the site’s appeal to prospective visitors and to drive over 4 million referrals to our partners’ websites; and by implementing a new data-management platform to enable more targeted and personalised digital communications.
  • Tourism Ireland is now the fourth most popular tourism board in the world on Facebook (4.1 million fans), number four on Twitter (451,000 followers) and number three on YouTube (over 35 million views). Tourism Ireland’s international website, www.Ireland.com, attracted a record 19.37 million visitors in 2017.
  • Target audiences: They plan to intensify their focus on key ‘culturally curious’ audience (discerning travellers, aged 45+, who want to expand their horizons by exploring landscapes and getting under the skin of local heritage and culture), who have the strongest propensity to visit the island of Ireland. They plan to target a ‘social energiser’ audience (younger travellers, seeking to enjoy a fun time with friends in places that are new, unique and vibrant) in markets where significant potential exists, including North American, Britain, France and Spain. And, Tourism Ireland will also target some niche segments – including golfers, business and incentive visitors, as well as the diaspora in Britain, North America and Australia.
  • Key promotional themes: Tourism Ireland will promote iconic holiday experiences – Ireland’s Ancient East, Dublin and the Wild Atlantic Way. Other key promotional themes will include the Causeway Coastal Route, Titanic and Belfast.
  • Collaboration: Tourism Ireland will collaborate with key partners, including air and sea carriers and the international travel trade, to deliver sustained connectivity and sales growth. They will provide thousands of promotional engagements for Irish tourism enterprises and overseas travel trade partners – to help them do business overseas and facilitate them to ‘close the sale’, particularly in the digital space.
  • International publicity: Tourism Ireland will also ramp up its publicity programme around the world – placing increased focus on digital channels and working more closely with online media, including bloggers. This year, Tourism Ireland’s publicity activities generated thousands of articles and broadcasts, worth an estimated €327 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2018: 2018 will mark the ninth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative – when hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green to celebrate our national day.

Pictured above Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland, at the Dublin launch of Tourism Ireland’s marketing plans for 2018.

13th December 2017


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Dublin Airport Enjoys Busiest October on Record

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Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport reached almost 2.6 million in October, which was a 4% increase on the same month last year.

The increase in passenger numbers made it the busiest October in Dublin Airport’s 77-year history.

So far this year, Dublin Airport has welcomed more than 25.3 million passengers, which is a 6% increase over the same period in 2016.

The number of passengers flying to and from continental Europe increased by 5%, as more than 1.3 million passengers travelled to and from continental European destinations in October.

Almost 841,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations last month, which was a 2% decrease when compared to October last year.

Transatlantic traffic to North America was up by 14%, with more than 333,000 passengers travelling on North American routes last month.

The number of passengers travelling to other international destinations in the Middle East and North Africa increased by 16%, with over 69,000 passengers flying to these areas in October.

In terms of domestic travel, almost 8,000 passengers travelled on domestic routes last month, which was a 6% increase over the same month last year.

So far this year, the number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to other destinations has increased by 36% to 1.3million.

6 November 2017

 


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Dublin Airport Among Europe’s Major August Growers

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Dublin was among the top growing major airports as European passenger traffic returned its “best August performance so far this century,” according to the latest ACI Europe figures.

However it said the “woes of Ryanair” were already taking their toll on overall European traffic growth.

August traffic at Europe’s airports grew by 8.7% – slightly less than July’s 9.6%, but still broadly in line with the dynamic trend of the previous months.

ACI Europe said the easing in passenger growth in August was mainly attributable to slower, but still impressive, growth at non-EU airports.

It said Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian airports continued to make significant gains, along with airports in Israel, Georgia and Iceland.

Meanwhile, EU airports maintained an almost consistent 7.2% growth, compared to a July rate of 7.6%.

Said ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec: “August confirmed the return of sustained passenger traffic growth in both Russia and Turkey.”

“The good news is that this is not about traffic shifting back at the expense of other markets in Western and Southern Europe. EU airports continue to report very dynamic growth – at a level that is impressive for such a mature market.”

He added “While the macroeconomic environment remains the best in years, we are probably going to see some further softening of passenger traffic growth in the coming months.”

“The woes of Ryanair are already taking their toll and the impact of the bankruptcies of Alitalia, Air Berlin and Monarch has yet to unfold. It is doubtful that the full extent of the capacity offered by these airlines will remain in the market.”

Freight traffic growth across the European network remained consistent with the previous month, coming in at 10.9%.

Among the major European airports, the highest August growth was seen at Moscow SVO (+19.6%), Istanbul IST (+10.6%), Manchester (+7.9%), Oslo (+7.1%) and Dublin (+6.6%).

Among Europe’s Group 2 airports, the highest August growth was seen at Antalya (+55.3%), Ankara (+30.7%), Warsaw WAW (23.9%), St Petersburg (+21.2%) and Prague (+17.5%).

To view the ACI Europe Air Traffic Report infographic, click here.

11th October 2017


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Another Record-Breaking Month In Irish Airspace

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September was another record-breaking month in Irish airspace with 103,925 flight movements, a 4.1% increase on the same month last year.

The latest Irish Aviation Authority figures show that traffic at Dublin and Cork airports grew during September, but flight movements at Shannon declined.

The 103,925 flight movements in September comprise total terminal movements, North Atlantic Communications flights and overflights.

Commercial terminal flights at Dublin Airport were up 5.9% with an average of 659 daily commercial movements. Cork flight movements were up 2.9% to a daily average of 60. However Shannon saw a drop of 3.3% to an average of 59 daily commercial movements.

The IAA said North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US) saw a significant 5.5% increase for the month. There was also a 3.4% rise in overflight traffic movements – flights which do not land in Ireland.

11th October 2017


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CSO reports increase in tourism but decline in British visitors

Dub+ Dublin Airport decline in British visitors

There has been a further decline in the number of British visitors coming to Ireland, according to the latest CSO figures.

British visitor numbers between May and July fell by 3.8% to 978,700, compared to the same period in 2016.

However overall visitor numbers to Ireland for May to July this year grew by 4.4% to 2,967,600 – an increase of 124,200.

This was largely due to a significant increase in North American visitor numbers, which increased by 12.3% between May and July to 713,600. Visits from mainland Europe were 5.4% higher at 1,075,500.

The overall increase was welcomed by Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons who said that the organisation is also “extremely conscious of the decline in tourist numbers we’ve seen for the month of July alone”.

He added “The decline in the value of sterling has made holidays and short breaks here more expensive for British visitors; and economic uncertainty is undoubtedly making British travelers more cautious about their discretionary spending.”

Mr Gibbons said competitiveness and the value for money message are more important than ever in Britain right now.

“Tourism Ireland is placing a greater focus on our ‘culturally curious’ audience, who are less impacted by currency fluctuations. We are also undertaking an expanded partnership programme with airlines, ferry operators and tour operators, communicating a strong price-led message.”

The latest figures show that the total number of overseas trips made by Irish residents during the period May-July this year increased by 5.1% to 2,367,500.

29th August 2017


Record Breaking July In Irish Airspace

July was a record-breaking month in Irish airspace as the Irish Aviation Authority handled 112,200 flight movements – 2.2% higher than July 2016.

The total figure comprises airport terminal movements, North Atlantic Communications flights and overflights.

Total commercial terminal movements at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports were up 3.3%, despite an actual drop in traffic at Shannon.

Commenting on July’s Irish Airspace flight movements, IAA Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan said: “The industry is continuing to grow. We are seeing new routes out of all our airports in 2017 and through Irish airspace and we are continuing to work hard to safely facilitate this demand so we can help keep the expansion going.”

“Our systems and people will cope with these increases. We operate a state-of-the-art and very reliable air traffic management system, which has the capacity to handle more traffic in the years ahead.”

Commercial terminal flights at Dublin Airport increased by 4.1% with an average of 677 daily movements.  Flights at Cork Airport were up 2.6%, with an average of 69 daily movements. Flights at Shannon Airport were down 4.1% with an average of 63 commercial daily movements.

The IAA noted that Dublin Airport is set to handle nearly 30 million passengers this year and is now the fifth best served airport in Europe to North America.

The Authority said North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /US) saw an increase of 5.6% compared to July 2016. Overflight traffic movements were up by 0.8%.

15 August 2017


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9% Growth for Europe’s Airports

Europe’s airports have enjoyed “by far their best first-half traffic performance” in more than a decade, new ACI Europe figures show.

Passenger numbers grew by an “impressive” 9%, driven by a mix of one-off and structural factors.

ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec stressed that the increase came on top of significant longer-term growth, with passenger volumes up nearly 30% since 2012.

“This kind of growth has clearly outstripped the most optimistic forecasts – something that should be borne in mind by anyone who doubts the looming airport capacity crunch facing Europe.”

He added “The outlook is very positive for the rest of the year with the economy – especially in the Eurozone – expected to maintain its growth trajectory and oil prices set to remain contained.”

“Of course, this is assuming there are no new geopolitical upsets. Having said that, Brexit remains the number one worry for many airport CEOs – given the continued uncertainty surrounding negotiations. The countdown to March 2019 keeps ticking and if no progress is achieved in the coming months, we are likely to see negative impacts on aviation kick in already next year.”

ACI Europe said 2017 first-half growth factors included “markets affected by terrorism last year bouncing back, the return of strong passenger demand in Russia and to a lesser extent in Turkey, continued improvement in the economy and oil prices consistently remaining below $55 per barrel.”

It said the strongest growth was mainly at secondary hubs and medium sized airports, reflecting evolving competitive dynamics largely driven by low-cost carriers and non-EU full service carriers.

Decreases in passenger traffic were largely concentrated on smaller airports, handling less than five million passengers per annum.

It said a marked 8.7% improvement in freight traffic – the best first half performance since 2010 –  also reflected improved economic conditions, not just in Europe but globally.

Among the largest European airports, the biggest first-half traffic increases were seen at Moscow SVO (+17.7%), Manchester (+12.6%), Moscow DME (+10.1%), London LGW (+9.4%) and Amsterdam (+8.7%).

Among Europe’s Group 2 airports, the biggest first-half traffic increases were at  Antalya (+29.2%), St Petersburg LED (+26.0%), Warsaw WAW (24.7%), Brussels (+23.4%) and Lisbon (+22.3%).

10th August 2017


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Robust Growth In Global Passenger Traffic

Robust Growth In Global Passenger Traffic

Global passenger traffic rose by 6.2% in May year on year, according to the latest official monthly figures from Airports Council International (ACI).

It stated that international passenger traffic remained the main growth driver, reaching 8.1%.

Europe posted the highest traffic increase at 8.2%, driven by strong international passenger growth of 9%. European domestic traffic grew by 6.1%.

The Russian Federation, Portugal and the Netherlands posted growth rates of 21.3%, 16.8% and 9% respectively.

Asia Pacific delivered the next highest regional increase, at 7.9%. Growth was distributed more evenly between international (7.7%) and domestic (7.9%) traffic.

Indian and Chinese airports continued to contribute to the region’s sustained expansion despite Beijing Capital International experiencing slower growth.

The Middle East experienced a significant slowdown as growth fell back to 4.1% compared to 11.4% in May 2016.

ACI said the ban on personal electronic devices on flights from Middle Eastern and Northern countries, between March and July, may have hindered traffic gains in the affected states.

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27/07/2017


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Tourism Ireland confirms +4.2% growth for first half of 2017

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Tourism Ireland has announced +4.2% growth in overseas visitors for January-June 2017 after figures were released from the Central Statistics Offices (CSO) yesterday.

According to their report, visitor numbers climbed to almost 4.6 million in the first half of 2017, representing – an additional 182,000 visitors when compared to the same period in 2016. It was also the best ever month of June for tourism to Ireland, with almost 1 million arrivals – an increase of +8% on June 2016.

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Commenting on figures published yesterday by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January to June, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am pleased to see growth of +4.2% for the period January-June, coming on the back of a record performance in 2016 and years of solid growth in overseas tourism. It is encouraging that this was the best ever month of June for Irish tourism, with almost 1 million arrivals (+8% on June 2016).

“Particularly welcome in today’s CSO figures is the continued strong performance from North America, with an increase of +21.6%. Tourism Ireland has prioritised North America for 2017, as a market which offers a strong return on investment, in terms of holiday visitors and expenditure. A number of factors are working in our favour, including more airline seats than ever before, from more gateways across the US and Canada. Visitor numbers from Australia and Developing Markets for the first half of 2017 are also really strong, up +20.6%. And arrivals from Mainland Europe grew by almost +6% – with important markets like Germany, France and Spain continuing to perform well.”

“As anticipated, the currency challenge for Irish tourism is very real and the drop in British visitor numbers (-6.4%) for the January to June period reflects that. The decline in the value of sterling has made holidays and short breaks here more expensive for British visitors; and economic uncertainty is undoubtedly making British travellers more cautious about their discretionary spending. This is impacting on travel to Ireland. Therefore, competitiveness and the value for money message are more important than ever in Britain right now. Tourism Ireland is placing a greater focus on our ‘culturally curious’ audience, who are less impacted by currency fluctuations. We are also undertaking an expanded partnership programme with airlines, ferry operators and tour operators, communicating a strong price-led message.”

Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.

27/07/2017