Helping Ivan get over his fear of flying on Newstalk

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In 2017 commercial airlines recorded zero deaths worldwide, making flying the safest mode of transport last year. So this is a good time to get your head around any fears that may linger. My advice if you are afraid of flying is to try hypnotherapy. Make an appointment with a recommended hypnotherapist such as Wendy Quinn in Dublin    There are many others around the country.

Try a specialised course with

One day courses from €99 All of our staff are Airline Captains and Instructors with major Airlines. We have thousands of hours safely flying large commercial Aircraft, we also teach Pilots to fly the Boeing 737 to the standards laid down by the main governing body in Ireland, the Irish Aviation Authority.

  • You receive a presentation on basic theory of flight, pilot qualifications, flight time limitations, turbulence and a description of a typical day of an airline pilot.
  • You will then spend a minimum of 4 hours in the classroom with our airline captain and psychotherapist.

How to avoid stress at the airport

  • Don’t stress – Do be prepared and keep all your documents together.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or energy drinks – Do drink lots of water especially on long flights
  • Don’t forget to breathe –  Do put a blue dot on your phone to remember to do this
  • Don’t worry about noises on the aircraft – Do ask your cabin crew for help if you are anxious or nervous
  • Don’t miss out on the in-flight entertainment and it’s a great way to distract from the flight – Do change your watch to the time at your destination to adjust on a long haul flight
  • Do focus on your destination and getting there – picture yourself on a beach or sun-lounger!

Now there’s no excuse to take advantage of all the new routes out of Ireland.

Here are a few….Dublin Airport is introducing 14 new routes and 4 new airlines this summer.

One of the most exciting new direct routes from Dublin to Hong Kong taking just over 11 hours is starting in May. This service will run four times per week. Cathay Pacific website

Classic Resorts have a lovely offer

Hong Kong, 4 nights, fr €999

Package includes –

4 nights at the 4* Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel room only

Return flights in Economy with Cathay Pacific

Return airport transfers 1 Free Night

Free Room upgrade -Half Day tour of Hong Kong Island -One way Peak Tram ride

Travel Sep. Quote ref 68190

Other exciting new routes from Dublin include

Dublin to Montreal with Air Canada starting in June and operating 4 times per week taking 6hrs40mins .

Montreal is Paris with manners – an eclectic mix of gourmet and art with stunning murals and street sculptures


Place Jacques Cartier Montreal

Dublin to Beijing with Hainan Airlines and this starts in June 4 times per week. Direct on Thursdays and Sundays – a short stop in Edinburgh is involved the other days. 11.35 hrs flight time.€465 is the Lead price. There are many good reasons to visit Beijing but the shopping is a good one and savings to be made on phones and leather clothes.

Aer Lingus have started their 4 weekly flights to Philadelphia and will be flying to Seattle from June. Prices start from €209 each way.

There are many reasons to visit Philadelphia and one is the low tax rate on clothes – it’s the historic capital of the ?United States and the Museum of the American Revolutions and the Barnes foundation with the larest collection of Impressionist Art in the world are just some good reasons to visit.

The Travel Broker

SAIL PHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL 2018 – €949 per person sharing

May 24-28 2018

5 Nights Return direct flights with Aer Lingus


Other Long Haul Carriers that offer plenty of options include

Turkish Airlines –  new airport terminal opening in October will be the biggest in the world with 300 destinations flying to 110 countries

Qatar Airways offer a unique 5star service and are fully equiped with Wheelchair access seating.

There are many new European Routes too to Frankfurt 12 flights pw and Marrakesh twice weekly and Luxembourg three times pw with

Croatian Airlines  €188 return May Thursday to Sunday Dublin -Zagreb

Cobalt Air have already began their service to Larnaca in Cyprus

Dublin to Paphos with an offer from

A new weekly flight from Dublin to Dalaman starts this summer and click and go have an offer

New to Click&Go – Marmaris, Turkey in October from €349pp

From €349pp for the 4 star Poseidon HotelPrice is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in October 2018.

Price includes:

Wallace Travel Group

Icelandic Air have started a new route Iceland in October and November using the new Icelandair Route.


OCTOBER WEEKEND 2018 11th – 14th October – 3 Nights
4* Package €699pp sharing & €96pp tax


MID TERM WEEKEND 2018 1st – 4th November – 3 Nights
3* Package €599pp sharing & €96pp tax
4* Package €699pp sharing & €96pp tax




Travel Escapes

5* cruise of the US Pacific Coast featuring return flights to Seattle with Aer Lingus, from €1,669 pp

Explore the beautiful West Coast of the USA on this fabulous 7 night cruise taking you from Seattle, Washington, to Astoria in Oregon, and on to wonderful California calling at San Francisco and Monterey as well as British Colombia in Canada. Featuring 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Seattle. With return direct flights from Dublin with Aer Lingus.

7 Night Cruise + 2 Nights in Seattle. Departing Dublin 21st September 2018

9 Nights from €1,669 pp

Price Includes:

  • Return direct flights from Dublin to Seattle
  • All transfers airport – hotel – port
  • 1 night in a 4* hotel in Seattle before your cruise
  • 7 nights onboard the 5* Ruby Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Transfer from port to the hotel
  • 1 night in a 4* hotel in Seattle after your cruise
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person


– Seattle, Washington (hotel overnight) – Astoria, Oregon – At Sea – San Francisco, California – Monterey, California – At Sea – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – Seattle, Washington (hotel overnight)

Call us today: 01 294 1000

Click here for more information

Avail of the new direct route Dublin to Paphos and check out our great value offer for only €570 pp!

Sun Holiday in Paphos

Avail of the new direct route Dublin to Paphos and check out our great value offer for only €570 pp!

Travel on 14th May and spend 7 Nigths in 1 Bedroom Apartment in 4* Avanti Village in Paphos on a room only basis. The price includes return flights, 10 kg hand luggage per person, return transfers and 7 nights accommodation.

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 1890 289 255 or email

Click here for more information 

Washington with Tour America

Although United have been flying to Washington DC for sometime I had to include this offer because it’s such good value. It’s cherry blossom time in America’s Capital and such a beautiful city to visit for so many reasons. read one of my reviews here Washington DC article

3 nights in Washington, DC from only €379pp
Includes return flights with United Airlines, all taxes and charges
3 nights hotel accommodation
Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing
Travel November 2018

Reference: 622381

DUBLIN: 01 8173535
BELFAST: 028 90998494

Keep an eye out for offers with the Irish Travel Agents Association



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