by Isabel Conway –
Up to 30 new routes are opening the world up even more to Irish travellers this year, including the new direct flights between Dublin and Dallas/Fort Worth operated by the world’s largest airline American Airlines .
Exciting onward destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean will open up with the new route.
Travel Times will feature a tale of two cities Dallas and Fort Worth soon in a destination feature. Watch this space for tips and great things to do in Dallas the glitzy high rise big sister (remember JR Ewing and Southfork, from Dallas the famous Soap?). Her country cousin less than an hour away Fort Worth, a mix of culture and cowboys, stockyards rodeos and stunning western museums is a friendly well laid out smaller metropolis.
Among the new routes putting Ireland at the centre of the world are direct services to Calgary in the foothills of the Rockies, Dubrovnik with Aer Lingus from Cork and a seasonal service to Kiev in the Ukraine with Ryan Air.
At World Travel market in London Travel Times met with tourism guides from Chernobyl who reported a big rise in tourists visiting the nuclear power plant on tours that get 5 stars from Trip Advisor.
Other interesting new destinations with direct flights from Ireland include Minneapolis and Montreal, both Aer Lingus, Tel Aviv, and a new service to Tallinn, flying Air Baltic to Estonia’s capital.
Situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland Tallinn has a beautiful old town, many lively affordable restaurants and bars and a ancient history with atmosphere filled cobbled streets that contrast sharply with grim Soviet era flats complexes of the new town. Other new routes include, Shenzen, Bodrum, Carlisle, Cologne, Dalaman, Halifax, Keflavik, Lisbon, Monastir, Nice(from Cork) Split and a new Vienna service to compete with Aer Lingus from Lauda twice weekly.