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Celebrations as Flights to Ibiza and Las Palmas Take Off

Thomas Cook has launched two new flights from Belfast International for the coming Summer 2017 season.

Passengers to both Ibiza and Las Palmas were treated to cupcakes at check-in and a celebratory water arch on departure.



Laptop Story Big Worry for Transatlantic Travellers

Passengers on flights to the US from the UK could face a ban on taking laptops into the cabin.

According to The Times President Donald Trump is considering extending his ban on large electronic devices being carried in aircraft cabins on flights from Europe.



Virtual Reality Ship Tours 'Through the Lens'

Crystal Cruises' latest innovation in luxury is conveniently at travellers' fingertips, transporting them to the spacious decks of the fleet's award-winning vessels and global destinations with one click.

Crystal has unveiled the Crystal Preview, taking guests "through the lens" of select Crystal experiences with 360-degree videos of onboard spaces and itinerary locales through interactive videos on the company's website.



US Adventure Specialist Teams up with Greg Evans Consultancy

The Greg Evans Consultancy has been appointed as the UK and marketing office for small group adventure specialist Bindlestiff Tours.

Founded in 2011, Bindlestiff Tours specialises in operating small group adventure tours in the American West with a focus on Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, Pacific Northwest and Alaska offering a range of one to seven-day experiences.



Europe's Aviation Developments Being Planned in Belfast

Belfast has been the centre of the European aviation industry since Sunday when the city began hosting the three-day Routes Europe forum.

Routes Europe annually brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to plan new flights and strengthen existing routes.



More Routes Will Follow From Successful Forum

Belfast International Airport is predicting further airline and passenger growth during 'the monumentally successful' Routes Europe Forum which is taking place in Belfast this week.

Airport Managing Director, Graham Keddie, who is one of the hosts of Routes Europe, said they were revising their passenger figures for 2017 as a result unprecedented growth.



Ryanair - The Future Amazon of Air Travel?

Ryanair has said it wants to become 'The Future Amazon of Air Travel', with its website set to offer customers not only flights, hotel and car hire but travel money, foreign sim cards and sunscreen!

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary made the bold 'Amazon of Air Travel' statement back in 2015, and it’s one that the company hasn’t forgotten.



Munich Airport Overall Winner at Routes Marketing Awards

Munich Airport was announced as the overall winner of the Routes Europe 2017 Marketing Awards at a ceremony yesterday as part of the three-day Routes conference.

The annual Routes Europe Marketing Awards are highly regarded in the aviation industry because they are voted for by airlines.



Two Local Airports Out to Woo Blue!

The importance of the Routes conference in Belfast was evident right from the beginning of this unique aviation get-together on Sunday.

Representatives of Belfast International Airport were in talks with Romanian airline Blue Air prior to the first formal panel session - which included Belfast International's Uel Hoey - and their Belfast City Airport counterparts met the same carrier an hour or so later, immediately after the panel session.



Welcome Party for Delegates in Belfast Restaurant

Acton and Sons restaurant in Belfast city centre was the venue for a welcome party for delegates and guests at the big Routes conference in Belfast's Waterfront Hall this week.

Airline and airport high flyers and executives from all over Europe and beyond partied to the sound of traditional music and Irish dancing on Sunday night, at the event organised by George Best Belfast City Airport and RDC Aviation Economics.



Travel Trends Expert from Google at Big Travel Trade Event

World Travel Centres and Emirates Airlines have once again teamed up to bring an experienced Travel Industry speaker to THE BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT.

This year sees Ross Mooney from Google attending the event to speak to the Northern Ireland Travel Trade.



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