Travel Tuesday takes to the Skies with New Routes

Come fly with me on TV3’s Elaine show Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 3pm. Catch it here and fast forward to section three

In 2017 airlines recorded zero deaths on commercial aircrafts 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.

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.

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

Other exciting new routes from Dublin include

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


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

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

The Travel Broker

SAIL PHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL 2018 – €949 per person sharing

May 24-28 2018

5 Nights Return direct flights with Aer Lingus

5 Nights accommodation  in the 4* Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia  

Expect a warm welcome and outstanding service at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Centre City, a top choice in Philadelphia hotels. Located on the Avenue of the Arts and nine miles from Philadelphia International Airport. This comfortable hotel provides views of the Delaware River and downtown Philadelphia. Stay at this hotel and be near attractions such as the Pennsylvania Convention Centre, City Hall and the Liberty Bell. Experience the best of Philadelphia hotels in a spacious DoubleTree guest room with high-speed internet access or unwind in the complimentary fitness centre, rooftop atrium pool and sundeck.


Experience the SAIL PHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL on the Delaware River front – 2 days festival entry included in package price.

Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River, will be transformed into a Tall Ships Waterfront Festival where guests can get up-close views of the ships, enjoy interactive programming, family-friendly experiences, and food and beverage offerings. Festival tickets include same-day admission to the Independence Seaport Museum. The festival opens at 11 am and ends at 7 pm and is fully accessible.

Enjoy self-guided tours of one or more tall ships. Timed tickets are designed to minimize wait times and maximize your enjoyment. Ship Tour tickets include same-day festival admission and admission to the Independence Seaport Museum.

Or why not enjoy a 90-minute Day Sail or 120-minute Twilight Sail on one of five tall ships. Sail Away Cruise tickets include same-day festival admission and admission to the Independence Seaport Museum. Twilight Sails include a complimentary glass of wine and snacks. Parade of Sail tickets (Thursday, May 24) include an exclusive three-hour experience on the water with views of the arriving ships and the special opportunity to participate in the Parade of Sail.

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 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 and

Dublin to Paphos with an offer from

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

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

here are some offers for flying solo this summer

Flying Solo

This week we have rounded up a selection of the best offers for solo travellers by ITAA members

Bologna, Parma & Ravenna, 21st August 2018, 5 days, from €1074

St Lucia, 26 August 2018, 7 nights, from €2,599pp

Classical Spain, June and October 2018, 6 nights, from €1199


The new route out of Hong Kong will be popular and with an add on to Bali this may even be a honeymoon option. This offer is from Classic Resorts on the web

Hong Kong & Bali 3 centre

5* Harbour Grand Kowloon, 5* Spa Village Tembok, Bali & 5* Mulia Resort Bali

10 nights BB/FB fr €1749pp

Honeymooners at Harbour Plaza Kowloon receive a guaranteed upgrade to Superior Harbourview Room, a bottle of House Wine and  welcome fruit plate. At Spa Village Tembok, Bali they receive Blessing ceremony by the village priest, purification ritual and  a traditional jamu herbal drink. And at the Mulia they receive chocolates in room.

Spa Village Tembok is based on Full Board and includes 1 Free Night. It also includes a Daily 50min Spa Treatment per person, a welcome head & shoulder massage, foot ritual, and participation in the daily in-house activities.

Prices are based on 2 sharing for 3 nights in Hong Kong on BB, 3 nights at Spa Village on Full Board and 4 nights at the Mulia on BB. Included is a 20% early booking discount.  Includes direct flights from Dublin.

Travel Sep/Oct.

Quote ref 69843

Author Information

Travel Agent: Classic Resort

Classic Resorts

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


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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:

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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

Marriott Key Bridge

 1401 LEE HIGHWAY ARLINGTON 22209 United States

Average price €378 PER PERSON

Situated just across the Potomac River from Georgetown, this hotel offers panoramic views of the United States capital. Only 3 blocks from the hotel, guests will find Rosslyn Metro Station, taking them to the area’s famous landmarks such as the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the National Monuments. The hotel features a sports bar and stunning views of DC from many of the guest rooms and the Capital View Ballroom. There are also conference facilities and Internet access is provided in public areas

Another great offer from Tour America to Florida

7 nights in Orlando from only €539pp
Return flights with United Airlines, all taxes and charges
7 nights hotel accommodation
Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing
Travel September 2018
Reference: 624550
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DUBLIN: 01 8173535
BELFAST: 028 90998494
Just because it’s great value here’s a special from Tour America to Mexico
Cancun ALL INCLUSIVE from only €1399pp
Price includes return flights and transfers
7 nights at the Barcelo Maya Grand
Based on 2 adults sharing
Travel Date 6 October
Our Ref 624210


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