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Turkish Service Could Go To 17 Weekly Next Year

Turkish Airlines, which operates from Dublin to Istanbul and onward to its rapidly increasing worldwide network, is definitely on the way back...

The twice daily service had been reduced to 10 flights a week but is now back to the full 14, and, according to Turkish Airlines' Onur Gul, could increase to 17 weekly next year.

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Free Onshore Spending Money on June Cruise Bookings

Fred. Olsen has launched a new sales campaign, 'Free On Shore Spending Money & Added Benefits', for new bookings made until the end of this month (June 30, 2017), on all 2018/19 cruises of seven nights and more, which depart from April 3, 2018 onwards.

Guests will be given 'Free On Shore Spending Money' of 200 Euro per room (or equivalent, depending on the currency), and they will be entitled to additional 'added value' benefits that change from week to week, enabling them to sample one of Fred. Olsen's onboard services or enjoy one of the many fascinating shore tours available.

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Flybe Launches Improved 'Price Lock-Down' Fare Option

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has launched an improved 'Price Lock-Down' fare option which gives customers the opportunity to 'hold' their preferred online fare for 24 hours (conditions apply).

It guarantees that the price of their chosen flight itinerary is held so customers have the benefit of being able to check and finalise all their travel details before confirming and paying for their Flybe flight.

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Christmas Charters to Toronto Announced

Air Transat, the award-winning Canadian leisure airline, has announced that due to demand they will operate flights from Dublin to Toronto this Christmas.

The flights will depart from Dublin on December 20, 2017 and return on January 2, 2018, offering passengers the opportunity to spend both Christmas and New Year in Toronto with friends and family or simply enjoy a magical festive break.

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Summer Savings at Haven Holiday Parks

News likely to appeal to families who have yet to book a summer holiday is the announcement from Irish Ferries of a price reduction at a number of popular UK Haven Holiday resorts.

Bookable by July 1 and valid for arrivals between June 9 and July 28 inclusive, savings amount to 125 Euro (seven nights) and 70 Euro (four nights) respectively.

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Virgin's Novel Departure Beach Concept

Virgin Holidays has revealed plans for The Departure Beach, a Virgin branded area on Brownes Beach in Barbados where customers can hang out after they've checked out of their accommodation.

It will have a private air-conditioned lounge, 'premium' bathroom and showering facilities, a beach-friendly bar and restaurant and a Virgin Atlantic check-in.

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Hundreds of Villa Options Now Direct from Belfast

Northern Ireland holidaymakers have even more choice from Jet2holidays from today, following the launch of Jet2Villas, a brand new villa offer with hundreds of properties on sale.

The new proposition gives independent travel agents the option to offer their customers the freedom of a villa holiday with the benefits of a package holiday included.

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Record Summer Ahead and 90 Destinations Direct from Belfast

Belfast International Airport is expected to deal with a record 2.3 million passengers between now and the end of September.

The peak months of July and August will see the Airport welcome over 1.2 million passengers through its doors en route to and from a wide range of UK and international points.

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Cruise Line's Belfast Departures Get the Axe

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the pioneers of cruising programmes direct from Belfast in recent years, has decided to withdraw its Belfast departures, with effect from the 2018/19 cruise season.

The company has been offering departures from Belfast since 2013 and blames the decision on insufficient numbers of local cruisers wishing to take the home port option.

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Culloden's 50th a Hastings Family Affair

Northern Ireland’s leading collection of hotels is celebrating 50 years of the ownership of the jewel in its crown, the Culloden Estate & Spa.

Hastings Hotels purchased the luxurious property in June 1967, and over the course of the last 50 years, under the direction of Sir William Hastings, has transformed the Culloden in size and luxury.

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Subsidise Ferry Travel - Tax Aviation, Say Greens

Green Party Leader Steven Agnew made a few ears prick up in the travel industry when interviewed on The Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster the other morning.

The local political parties generally have little to say about travel in the run-up to an Election but the Green Party chief put the cat among the pigeons by revealing that one of his proposals is to subsidise ferry travel from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

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