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Up to 40 New Routes Could Come to Belfast - Ryanair

Ryanair has further boosted its presence at Belfast International Airport by announcing three more new flights, all of them to Poland, bringing the number of Ryanair flights to 11.

The new destinations are Gdansk, Warsaw and business destination Wroclaw, described as the "silicon valley of Poland."

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Remove APD from New Routes, Says Ryanair Spokesman

Ryanair's Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs has suggested an intriguing compromise to the continued controversy over Airport Departure Tax on flights in and out of Northern Ireland.

Speaking in Belfast at the launch of three new Polish routes, he said that APD could be maintained on existing routes, thus maintaining revenue for the local executive, but abolished on any new routes that are launched in future.

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Belfast on the Radar of Airlines for New Routes

Belfast is very much on the radar of airlines from outside the UK, according to Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director of George Best Belfast City Airport.

And the airport is hopeful of landing new routes and airlines in the near future.

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Victoria Beckham is Best Dressed Female Flyer

Victoria Beckham has been named the world's best dressed female celebrity traveller in British Airways' Best Dressed Traveller List 2016.

The former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer and husband to David beat stars including Amal Clooney and Angelina Jolie to the top spot, as compiled by the airline and Hollywood fashion stylist and Vanity Fair's contributing editor Elizabeth Saltzman.

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'Happy or Not' Machines at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has positioned more than 30 'Happy Or Not' machines along key areas of the passenger journey in Terminals 1 and 2.

The colourful 'Happy Or Not' machine is easy to use, eye-catching, and provides instant results and real-time feedback.

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Larne Ferries Tempting the Taste Buds

P&O Ferries has unveiled a new menu for passengers travelling on its ships between Larne and Cairnryan which for the first time has traditional local ingredients and meals at its heart.

The new menu, which will change throughout the day to meet the needs of customers at different sailing times, is packed full of mouth-watering dishes including the famous Irish steak and Guinness pie. Chicken curry with Indian condiments and roast dinner with the finest Irish beef are also being served.

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Ferry Company's Haven Booking Incentive

Leading ferry company Stena Line is giving holidaymakers even more reasons to book a Haven break this year with their new offer where travellers will receive up to £50 off the cost of their holiday plus up to £70 worth of food and shopping vouchers to spend in resort!

A family holiday at a Haven resort means jam-packed fun with pools, aqua jets, zip wires, segways, archery, golf, football, tree-top rope trails, kids clubs and much more.

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First Range of Adults Only Cruises

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which is operating a range of cruises starting in Belfast this season, has introduced its first collection of dedicated 'adult-only' holidays, offering a choice of 20 voyages to adult travellers, who must be 18 or over.

Guests can experience adventure on an 'Exploring the Fjords of Greenland' cruise, sail the 'German Waterways', or relax in the 'Azores & Madeira'.

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Plant Fair at Rowallane This Weekend

Rowallane Garden near Saintfield, will be a hive of activity with a Spring Plant Fair, this weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, running from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Plants grown at the famous garden will be available for sale with a mixture of herbaceous perennials, and herbs propagated from the garden nursery.

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