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Air Passenger Duty Could be Axed in DUP Deal

The shock General Election result a fortnight ago, which has pushed the Government into negotiating a deal with the 10 Northern Ireland DUP MPs, has raised hopes that the abolition of APD (Air Passenger Duty) could be part of the price for a political deal.

According to reports, APD is on the DUP wish list - along with investment in health and infrastructure - but there is known to be strong opposition to the move from the Treasury.

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P AND O


Four Anniversaries Celebrated at International Airport

It all began with the very first holiday customers in June 2007, and yesterday Jet2holidays celebrated its tenth anniversary at Belfast International Airport with customers and staff.

To mark the occasion, Jet2holidays staff and Belfast International Airport staff cut a specially created cake which was handed out to departing customers.

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Virgin Flights Begin as 2018 Seats Are Trebled!

Virgin Atlantic saw their first flights for the summer season take off in style this week from Belfast International Airport.

The Mackin and Perry families from Lisburn were some of the first passengers to check in for the direct service from Belfast International to Orlando.

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STENA


ABTA Ratchets Up 'Stop Sickness Scams' Campaign

ABTA has this week launched its political and consumer-facing campaign, Stop Sickness Scams, with the support of its Members and partners from across the travel industry.

Stop Sickness Scams calls on the new Government to crackdown on fake holiday sickness claims and warns holidaymakers about the consequences of making a false claim.

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WESTJET

Haven-ly Summer Savings on the Irish Sea

Leading ferry company Stena Line is giving families the chance to save up to £150 (conditions apply) on their summer holiday this June and July with Haven holidays four and seven-night breaks.

All Haven late availability holidays include return ferry travel with a car, a choice of four or seven nights' accommodation in a choice of family holiday parks, free entry to park Splashzones and free kids' activities and nightly shows.

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BIA

Smaller Cruise Ships Gaining Popularity

Holidaying on board ships with a smaller passenger capacity is on the rise among travellers - and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has uncovered some interesting facts about small ship cruising.

"The small ship sector is a vital and constantly-evolving part of the overall cruise industry that excels at creating unmatched travel experiences, making it more popular than ever," said Cindy D'Aoust, President and CEO, CLIA. "Small ship cruising allows for a unique and intimate cruise unlike any other."

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AIR CANADA


New Stopover Pass to Beat 'Wasted' Travel Time

Icelandair, which recently launched a new service from Belfast City to Reykjavik and onwards to a number of US and Canadian destinations, has launched a new free service, Icelandair Stopover Pass, which aims to defeat wasted time whilst travelling.

The service allows passengers to transform their boarding pass into a Stopover Pass, offering them access to series of entertaining performances.

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TERRA TRAVEL


Inspiration Award for Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport triumphed at the 2017 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards by scooping the Career Inspiration Award.

The award was presented at a gala dinner in Titanic Belfast recently  with business leaders from across the province gathering for the sold-out awards ceremony.

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Price Cut If You Book Wizz Flights Today

Wizz Air, which operate to Vilnius, Lithuania and Katowice, Poland from Belfast, are today offering 20 per cent off all flights from the UK with a flash sale, but you'll have to act right away as it ends at midnight tonight.

Wizz are celebrating the launch of their first UK base at London Luton Airport, by offering a fifth off all their flights from the UK.

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