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Busiest Summer Ever at Belfast Airports

The peak summer season has begun in earnest at Northern Ireland's airports. And Belfast International says it will be 'a summer like no other summer we've ever experienced'.

In the nine days up to July 13, Belfast International expects to see almost 200,000 passengers through its doors - an increase of more than 30,000 or 15 per cent on last year. And at Belfast City Airport around 10,500 travellers are expected to travel through the terminal every day.

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French Tourism Medal for Author of Trew's Travels

Award winning travel writer John Trew, who pens the popular Trew's Travels in Northern Ireland Travel News, has been awarded the 'Medaille du Tourisme' by the French Tourist Board.

The ceremony was held in the Wellington Park hotel earlier this week when the special presentation was made to John by Agnes Angrand of Atout France, the French Tourist Board, on behalf of the French Minister of Tourism.

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Biggest Ever Winter Programme from Belfast has announced its biggest ever winter programme from Belfast International Airport with more than 50,000 seats available in 2016/17 - a huge increase of 25 per cent year on year.

The desire of Northern Ireland holidaymakers to soak up some sunshine during the long winter means that the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist has increased its winter 2016/17 capacity by a massive 10,000 seats between October 30, 2016 and March 25, 2017, including more seats to winter beach break destinations such as the Canary Islands and Alicante.

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New Self Service Kiosks at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has invested 2 million Euro to improve the check-in experience for four of its major airline customers.

The Airport has installed 62 new self-service kiosks (SSKs) between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 that will allow the airport and its airline customers to process greater numbers of passengers by increasing the peak check-in capacity.

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Cruise Line Launches Fly for Free Campaign

There's exciting news for those looking to book a 2017 cruise with Royal Caribbean, as the cruise line has just launched its 'Fly Free' campaign.

Royal Caribbean guests on this side of the Irish Sea can enjoy Free Flights to selected 2017 UK and European Sailings.

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Irish Passport Office Hires Hundreds More Staff

Hundreds of temporary staff have been hired at the Passport Office in Dublin to process a surge in applications for Irish passports.

A total of 233 additional clerical staff have been hired to process the 53,139 applications in the system as of July 1, the Republic's Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has confirmed.

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Extra Flight on Belfast City to Leeds Route

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has started operating a fifth daily weekday flight between Belfast City and Leeds Bradford airports that, due to increased demand, will operate year round.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe Chief Revenue Officer, comments: "We are delighted that demand for this route supports the addition of an extra week day frequency year round and that we can now offer passengers a greater flexibility with even more options for convenient day return travel."

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Meditate the Way to Your BA Destination

British Airways customers can now meditate their way to a more relaxing flight, thanks to a new in-flight entertainment channel on the airline's long-haul routes.

The Headspace video channel is packed with content designed to help travellers unwind in the air, by practicing simple meditation and mindfulness exercises.

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Claire Latest Monthly Winner of Blue Insurance Draw

Local travel agent Claire Mulligan of Clubworld Travel is the winner of the Blue Insurance June draw.

The competition to win a 'Polo Magnifico', is being run by Blue Insurance in association with Ireland's Largest Volkswagen Dealership, Frank Keane Volkswagen.

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Win A Family Pass to the Mela Festival!

Northern Ireland Travel News, in association with ArtsEkta, is offering ten lucky readers the chance to win a Family Pass (two adult and two Children under 16) to the 10th annual Mela Festival.

There will be more than a taste of the exotic in store as pioneering ethnic arts organisation ArtsEkta celebrates its tenth anniversary in colourfully eclectic style with its most ambitious Mela Festival ever!

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Summer Break for Public E-Shot

The weekly Thursday e-shot for the Travelling Public is taking a two-week summer break.

The next Public e-shot will be on July 28.

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John Trew


Following seven eventful years as front-line Editor of the Belfast News Letter, John Trew wisely opted for the quieter pleasures of travel journalism.  Now, after 23 years and 270,000 miles, he is living proof that travel not only broadens the mind but the buttocks.

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