by Aer Lingus on February 10th, 2017

​As well as cheering on Ireland in the Stadio Olimpico this weekend, there’s so much to see, do and eat in the Italian capital. Follow our guide to the best places to eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere on your rugby weekend in Rome. 

​Transport guide

GETTING INTO ROME WHEN YOU LAND

The Leonardo Express runs between the Leonardo da Vinci airport and Termini station in central Rome every 30 minutes. When you land in Leonardo da Vinci Terminal 3, follow the train signs to the station. The journey takes 30 minutes and the fare is €14 one way.

GETTING TO STADIO OLIMPICO:

There are no metro stations near the stadium, but it’s easy to reach by tram. Take Tram 2 from metro stop Flaminio on line A (close to the Villa Borghese gardens and Piazza del Poplo) in the direction of Mancini and get off at stop Mancini. A short walk across the river (over Ponte Duca D’Aosta) and you’ll see Stadio Olimpico. Individual tram tickets will set you back €1.50.
 

​When in Rome...

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO

1. Take a food tour. Eating Italy Food Tours run daily food tours around two of Rome’s original foodie neighbourhoods, Testaccio and Trastevere. Make sure you’re hungry - guests will be treated to up to 12 delicacies along the way. Tickets start at €75. 

2. Learn to speak the ‘language of wine’ with wine specialists Vino Roma. You’ll find their studio on Via in Selci, not far from the Colosseum. Tastings start at €50 per person. 
 
3. Do as the Romans do and explore the city on a Vespa. My Vespa Sightseeing Tours come highly recommended – their offices are at Via Cavour 80, a short walk from Termini train station.
 
4. Pay a visit to Piazza Navona, one of the city’s most beautiful squares. The elegant piazza is home to baroque palazzi (mansions), ornate fountains and the stunning Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. Sit back and watch the world go by over an espresso and biscotti at one of the many pavement cafés. 
5. Soak in the spectacular sights at Gianicolo Hill. It’s a bit of a climb to reach the top, but the picture-perfect panoramic of Rome more than make up for the exertion. If you’re in need of a breather en route, stop by Terraza San Pancrazio on Via di Porta San Pancrazio, for an aperitivo.  Bellissima!

A few basics to help espresso yourself:
Hello  / Goodbye: Buongiorno / Arrivederci
Please / Thank you: Per favore / Grazie
Excuse me: Mi scusi
What a great try!: Che splendida meta!
Jesus lads, it’s very tense…: Mamma mia ragazzi, è combattutissima…

​Food guide

BEST OF THE BEST

BREAKFAST: Coromandel, Via di Monte Giordano 60. Choose from a great menu of freshly baked breads, omlettes, bacon, pancakes and more.  And remember, cappuccinos are only drunk at breakfast time. After that, order un caffè (a shot of espresso) or un caffeè macchiato (a shot of espresso with a dollop of steamed milk).
PIZZA: Pizzeria da Remo, Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice 44. Located in the heart of the Testaccio neighbourhood, this bustling eatery is home to the finest thin-crust pizza in Rome. Make sure to sample the arancini (risotto balls covered in crispy breadcrumbs) alongside your pizza.

PASTA: Pasta Imperiale, Via dei Coronari 160. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a slap-up meal in Rome. This little gem serves up some of the city’s best homemade pasta at just €5.50 a pop.Round of your meal with a mouth-watering tiramisu or nutella-filled pastry.
GELATO: Gelateria del Teatro, Via dei Coronari 65: Choose from 40 scrum-y flavours of ice creams, including Amalfi lemon, white chocolate and basil and Straciatella mint. Prices start at €2.50. If you’re still feeling peckish, don’t miss Cucina del Teatro right next door. Freshly made pasta and supremely good pizza await.

APERITIVO BAR: Take part in the early evening tradition of aperitivo at Freni e Frizioni (‘brakes and clutches’) on Via del Politeama 4/6 in Trastevere. Head to this super cool former mechanic’s workshop to sip on a classic spritz and snack on the daily selection of aperitivo.

by Aer Lingus on February 2nd, 2017

As well as cheering on the boys in green at Murrayfield this weekend, there’s so much to see and do in the Scottish capital. Take a trip up Arthur’s Seat, explore Edinburgh Castle, or enjoy a ramble along the Royal Mile. Follow our wee guide to the best places to eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere on your rugby weekend in Scotland.

Getting into Edinburgh when you land:

​Bus to the city:

Take the Airlink 100 from outside the terminal entrance. This express service runs every ten minutes and will take you directly to Waverly Bridge (near Princes Street) in approximately 30 minutes. The Airlink 100 also stops at Murrayfield stadium. Single: £4.50; return: £7.50.

Tram to the city:

Edinburgh Trams run services every seven minutes to the city centre with a journey time of 30 minutes. The tram also stops at Murrayfield stadium. You’ll find the stop across from the airport entrance. Single: £5; Return: £8. 

​Edinburgh rugby pubs – the key players:

1. Biddy Mulligans – Sitting in the heart of Grassmarket, this famous pub is home to good food, live music and the best pick of ales in the city

2. The Three Sisters – Known for its party atmosphere, sprawling beer garden and mega meat platter, this busy bar can be found on Cowgate

3. Malones Irish Bar – Said to serve the best pint of Guinness in the city, make sure you pay a visit to Malones in its brand new home on the Royal Mile

4. Teuchters Bar - Tucked away on William Street, this hidden gem is the perfect place for a post-match stop off. 

5. Dropkick Murphy’s – No matter the outcome of the match, Dropkick’s on Merchant Street is the place to let your hair down and ruck out on the dancefloor
 

​Scrum-y places for grub:

1. Best Scottish fry-up: Angus Fling on George IV Bridge is the perfect spot for a slap-up breakfast

2. Best steak in town: Perched on Picardy Place, you’ll find Steak, a meat-lover’s heaven

3. Best for pub grub: If you’re looking for a top quality gastroscranpub, Scran & Scallie on Comely Bank Road is worth a visit

4. Best for posh nosh: The Witchery is the most spectacular dining destination in Edinburgh – you’ll find it by the gates to Edinburgh Castle.

5. Best for brunch: Family-run Roseleaf in the historic Port ‘o Leith serves sumptuous brunch dishes until 5pm 
 

​Must-try Scottish delicacies:

You can’t visit Edinburgh without a trip to a chippy. Sample the city’s famous ‘salt’n’sauce’ aka. a mix of malt vinegar and brown sauce with chips. Barracuda on Northfield Drive or Eatalia on Brunswick Street serve the best in the city. 
​Here’s to a cracking opening match for Ireland!  

by Luke Fitzgerald on February 1st, 2017

In the first of a series of three guest blog posts covering each of Ireland's away games in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations, Luke Fitzgerald gives his lowdown on Ireland v Scotland. 

The 2017 RBS 6 Nations is almost upon us and I can’t wait for the action to get underway. Here are my five things to watch out for in this year’s tournament.

1. The Irish player to watch out for

Garry Ringrose. He’s not an unknown quantity, we saw that in the autumn internationals when he was superb against Australia. He has been superb for Leinster all season. Internationally, there isn’t as much space but with the attributes he has, he could be the X Factor for Ireland. It will be interesting to see if he can stake a claim for the 13 spot with Jared Payne gone. I think he can.
2. Ireland’s chances

I think we’ve got a great chance this year – I’m touting us for the win. We have England and France at home who are traditionally two of the harder teams.  We have Joe Schmidt as well, who is the best coach in the competition. Ireland are my favourites for the Six Nations.

3. Dark horses

France, for me. They had a good autumn and I think Guy Noves has something there. I think they are still a little bit behind organisationally but they have so much talent and can upset any team on their day.

4. Possible controversy

The new tackles laws. Hopefully it won’t have a big bearing on games but I think it will. It is one of the reasons why I think Ireland are well placed because you have to be really disciplined and it is something that Joe Schmidt is really, really hard on. I hope there isn’t a big yellow card or red card in a crucial game but I think it will have a bearing unfortunately.

5. Can Ireland beat England?
The old foe, they’re coming over to the Aviva on March 18, the day after Paddy’s Day. It looks like a Grand Slam decider if both teams play to their potential. Eddie Jones has tapped into something and they have been unbeaten under him. I think Ireland can overcome them in the Aviva Stadium – they’ve all the tools to do it. We’ve got the team, we’ve got the coach and if the Aviva Stadium can get behind the team on the day, I’m backing the boys to get the win.

Watch Luke Fitzgerald’s RBS 6 Nations analysis on The Left Wing at Independent.ie.


by Aer Lingus on January 19th, 2017

We're delighted to announce that we have been named as the most punctual Irish airline in 2016 at Dublin Airport.
For the past two years, we have been carrying out extensive “Voice of the Guest” surveys, to gather feedback on your experience of our service. We're glad to say that this feedback has been the principal driver of our decisions to enhance and improve the way in which we serve you, our guests. 

The overwhelming priority that shines through the survey responses is your desire to be on time. The mission to improve our On-Time-Performance has been the subject of a company-wide programme of change to our operating procedures. We're happy to report that we are making progress. We have just recently been confirmed as the most punctual major airline at our main base in Dublin Airport for every single month of 2016 and we are committed to achieving an even better punctuality performance in 2017.

In addition to improving our On-Time-Performance, we are also making other enhancements. We've cut our bag-drop time to under two minutes in Dublin Airport through the introduction of Express Bag Drop kiosks, we've overhauled every aspect of the Business Class experience, we are currently in the process of bringing you a new-improved loyalty programme as we roll-out AerClub throughout the year, and have added new destinations and extra frequencies on our network. Over an 18-month period, we have also carried out an extensive training programme with 1,600 of our team members to ensure that the service you receive is consistent, no matter where or when you fly with us. 

by Aer Lingus on January 10th, 2017

We're delighted to announce a new Cork to Cornwall Airport Newquay beginning 6 May for summer 2017. The new route will operate twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday, with fares from €34.99 one way including taxes and charges are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.

The Cork to Cornwall Airport Newquay service brings to nine, the number of Aer Lingus Regional routes from Cork Airport in summer 2017.

by Aer Lingus on December 23rd, 2016

We’ve been flying people home for Christmas for the past 80 years, so we know how much it means to land back on Irish soil at this time of year.
 
We also know the magic of being reunited with family – so this year we wanted to do something really special.
 
Earlier this week, we surprised three families by flying their loved ones home to Ireland – just in time for Christmas.
 
Here are their stories. 

Meet the families

Brendan Donohoe

​Brendan aged 33 is originally from Lusk, County Dublin but has been living in New York for the last 10 years. He is the youngest of five children and has lots of nieces and nephews. Living away from Ireland he dearly misses his parents Seamus and Mary Donohue and the entire family. His dad Seamus battled cancer for years and thankfully now has the all clear – but until now Brendan hasn’t been able to celebrate the good news with his family in Ireland. To have been given the chance to fly this Christmas thanks to Aer Lingus means everything to him.

James Lambert

James aged 24 from Dundalk, County Louth is the eldest in the family and has two sisters and a little brother. His family are certainly very lively and huge animal lovers – his sister manages to put together an animal Christmas, with live animals including dogs, cats, a rabbit an even a tortoise. He has been living abroad for almost four years in New York and couldn’t wait to get back again for the animal Christmas!

Tracey Donegan

Tracey aged 40 is originally from Glasnevin in Dublin but has been living in San Francisco with her husband and two boys aged 6 and 13.

While Tracey was home this year to see her family, neither her kids nor he husband have been back since they left over three years ago.

The Donegans are self employed and they haven’t been able to take a family holiday since they relocated. Tracey would love nothing more than to get her husband home to see his father who recently had major heart surgery. Coming home this Christmas means the world to them and she’s predicting lots of tears at their homecoming!

The Soundtrack

Tim Chadwick

The emotive song featured on the video is by Dublin native singer-songwriter Tim Chadwick. After seeing a recent performance of his song ‘Belong’, we knew it was the perfect choice for this year’s short film which focuses strongly on the theme of home and family.
The track is available to listen or buy here: http://smarturl.it/TimChadwick
​Happy Christmas from all of us at Aer Lingus.

by Aer Lingus on December 16th, 2016

We're delighted to announce 1.1 million seats for sale from Cork to London and to popular sun and European city destinations such as Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Palma, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam.
Our Cork base has enjoyed significant growth year on year equating to 31,000 additional seats and next summer will see a further 113 flights to and from Cork due to greater frequency on its London Heathrow route and summer sun routes. Summer 2017 marks a 9% growth in our weekly flights and capacity when compared to 2016 and a 15% growth from 2015. 
The Cork London Heathrow route continues to expand by a further six weekly flights year on year and the 2017 summer schedule boasts an additional 26,000 seats between Cork and London. During the peak summer months (June, July and August) we will operate five daily services from Cork to London from Monday to Saturday which represents 22% growth in weekly frequency and a total of 319,000 seats during summer 2017.
​During summer 2017 sun seekers can take their pick from 319,000 seats to the sun from Cork, jetting off to popular destinations such as Alicante, Malaga, Palma, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, among others. Peak summer will see a growth of almost 50% on Alicante flights, 15% growth on the Cork Barcelona route and increased flights (11%) to Faro. There will also be additional early season flights to Palma and Malaga and additional end of season flights to Las Palmas from Cork.

by Aer Lingus on December 6th, 2016

​Dreaming about a luxurious holiday surrounded by sandy beaches, luscious palm trees and sparkling turquoise waters? Set your sights on south-east Europe where you’ll find one of the continent’s most beautiful countries – Croatia.

Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, sits on the beautiful Dalmatian Coast, where picture perfect coastal mountains and dramatic sea views form the stunning backdrop.

Must see

​The city’s most famous attraction is Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient Roman residence built in the 4th century A.D. This impressive sprawling structure takes up half of the Old Town in the city centre. 
​In 1979, the historic heart of Split surrounding the palace officially became a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.

The area around Diocletian’s Palace is now home to some 3,000 people and its narrow streets are lined with cafés, bars and shops – the perfect place for an afternoon spent wandering in the sunshine.

A visit to Split wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along Riva Harbour. Perfect for people watching, this spot has a wonderful holiday atmosphere. Enjoy an ice cream from one of the many restaurants along the promenade and take in a wonderful view of yachts, boats and cruise liners. 

Eat at

When you’ve worked up an appetite from exploring the city, make sure to sample the abundant local cuisine. There is an endless array of hidden culinary gems dotted around the city. If you’re looking for the best coffee in town to fuel your morning, try 4coffee soul food, a charming little café famous for its cold brew and reasonable prices.

For a fantastic meal with a view, it’s hard to beat Dvor. This elegant and intimate spot has a beautiful outdoor garden with views of the sea. Smart travellers should plan ahead and book a meal at sunset for a truly unique dining experience.

Back to nature

​Take a day to soak in some of the beautiful landscape surrounding the city in Krka National Park.

This serene natural paradise is home to seven spectacular waterfalls and is the only National Park in Croatia that allows public swimming. Taking a dip in these crystal clear waters is a must-do during a trip to Split.

Not a swimming fan? Get your hiking boots on and explore the park’s nature trail which offers a great view of the cascading waters and monastic ruins. This is an experience you won’t want to miss out on, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Day trip

A visit to Rizman Winery makes for the perfect day out. This family-owned vineyard is one of the leading wine producers in the region with a world-class selection of organic wines. Located around two hours away from Split, you can book a wine-tasting tasting tour which also allows you to take in some breath-taking views of the surrounding area. 

Hit the beach

When you’re ready to relax, Split has plenty of beautiful beaches to help you to unwind. The most popular is Bačvice, which buzzes with locals all summer long and is a great spot to watch the acrobatic sport of picigin – a sort of rowdier version of volleyball.

If you’re feeling like a daredevil, why not try a kayak adventure? A great way to enjoy the sights of the city by water, it’s a wet and wild day out you’ll never forget.

Whatever type of holiday you’re after, Split’s combination of action and relaxation makes it a wonderful destination, and with direct flights from Dublin to Split with Aer Lingus, starting your summer adventure is easy.

by Aer Lingus on November 25th, 2016

An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announces Aer Lingus as sponsor of the inaugural StudentLife Summit during National Careers Week, 9th & 10th January 2017

The Launch of the inaugural StudentLife Summit, sponsored by Aer Lingus, took place today at the Aer Lingus Hangar at Dublin Airport, with An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD, Founder and CEO of the StudentLife Summit, Rita Kelly, and President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Betty McLaughlin, in attendance. The StudentLife Summit will take place in Croke Park during National Careers Week on 9th & 10th January 2017, where a number of Ireland’s leading employers, business leaders and innovators will encourage students to reach their fullest potential and set them on the right path to a high-flying career.

Developed with the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, The StudentLife Summit will give Transition, 5th and 6th year students the opportunity to explore a host of career choices and engage with a wide number of career sectors from Airlines and Aviation, Medicine, Healthcare, Media, and Entertainment Technology and Gaming among others. 

Aer Lingus has a long and rich history of career development in the aviation sector. Having trained tens of thousands of engineers, pilots, cabin crew, airline managers and guest services professionals over the past eight decades, we are delighted that in 2016 we remain one of Ireland’s most sought-after graduate employers, as voted for by students and graduates.

It is our continued commitment to people and career development that brings us to sponsor the inaugural StudentLife Summit. Aer Lingus is an exciting place to work where our new starters have the opportunity to embrace the latest technology and to deliver, develop and progress along a wide choice of career paths. 
​Students attending the StudentLife Summit will have the opportunity to engage with leading employers including main sponsor Aer Lingus and also the Defence Forces, The Ireland U.S. Council, the National Maternity Hospital, PwC, Accenture, Deloitte, Alltech, Bord Bia, Glanbia and Sherry Fitzgerald amongst others. Trinity College, DCU, National College of Ireland and DIT colleges will also be present for students to research and talk to about potential courses and degrees.

Students will have an opportunity to explore interesting and diverse career sectors with inspirational guest speakers including US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, Betty McLaughlin of the Institute of Guidance Councillors, David Rook of Riot Games, Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales Aer Lingus, and Brian MacCraith, President of DCU.

Employers will have the chance to impress students at their interactive hubs. Aer Lingus will be showcasing all the diverse career options available within the Aviation industry, from becoming a pilot or cabin crew member to engineering, marketing, social media, accountancy and catering. Leading Gaming company Riot Games, will be showcasing how to turn a hobby of gaming into a lifelong career of video game development. 

Admission to the Student Life Summit is €5 and teachers can register their classes at www.slsummit.com.  To celebrate its sponsorship, we're giving away two tickets to any North American destination of your choice for teachers registering classes before December 19.

by Aer Lingus on November 17th, 2016

Fall Under the Spell of Florida's Magic City

​Nestled on the south-eastern tip of Florida where the emerald waters of the Caribbean meet the Gulf of Mexico, Miami is a true American jewel. This vibrant city is one of the most cosmopolitan in the USA, with a multicultural population (around 70% of the city’s inhabitants speak Spanish) who love to lounge on the beach by day and party in some of the country’s most glamorous clubs by night. No wonder the locals call it the Magic City. 
Miami from the air
​The most famous hotel in Miami is the Fontainebleau, a vision in white at the centre of ‘Millionaire’s Row’, which was recently restored to the height of its 1950s splendour. The refurbished hotel now boasts 1,500 rooms and one of the city’s swankiest celebrity hangouts – the ultra-exclusive nightclub LIV. For something a little different, the Standard Spa offers tranquil guest rooms and a range of relaxing activities, including massage, hydrotherapy and yoga. Their gorgeous saltwater infinity pool is the perfect spot for a relaxing swim.

The hottest place in the city is the famous South Beach, where wannabe superstars (and some genuine superstars) strut their stuff on the golden sand. The ultimate people-watching spot, you’ll feel like Hollywood royalty as you lounge on the beach or sip a cocktail at one of the many chic bars that line the shore. 
feel like a star on South Beach
​Try The Regent Cocktail Club, which brings a touch of old-school glamour thanks to luxurious leather seating, a cigar lounge, and live jazz sessions. Further afield, The Rum Line serves up exotic Cuban-inspired cocktails on its pleasant outdoor terrace. As the name suggests they specialise in rum - with over 100 varieties available - and the deluxe versions of summery classics like the Caipirinha and Mojito will knock your socks off. Meanwhile, smart shoppers should head to Bal Harbour at the northern end of the shore. This classic Miami shopping destination is bursting at the seams with deluxe designer stores and lined with tranquil pools where koi carp laze the days away. 
pouring a Cuban coffee in Little Havana
​For a taste of the Caribbean, head to Little Havana - the heart of Cuban culture in Miami. Smart travellers will start their day the local way with a Café Cubano – the strong, sweet variation on espresso that fuels the hectic pace of life.. There are plenty of cafes to choose from in the area, but you won’t find a better brew than the one served from the takeout window at Versailles on South 8th Street. Each March, this street (known as Calle Ocho to the locals) is taken over by a gigantic open-air party which has to be seen to be believed. 
the party never stops in Miami
​The area is also home to many of Miami’s liveliest nightspots - like the iconic Ball & Chain. This historic bar and lounge has some of the best live music in the city and a mouth-watering menu of Cuban bar bites. If you’re a fiend for the dance floor, visit Hoy Como Ayer. Almost every day of the week you’ll find the party-mad patrons shaking their thing to salsa, jazz, and more. Get ready to dance the night away – if you can keep up!
 
Forget the weather back home, grab an Aer Lingus flight to Miami and you could be sunning yourself on South Beach in no time. 





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