New Irish Tour Operator, XL Leisure Group, Launches Bulgarian Destination fromIreland West Airport
On Wednesday evening, January 17th 2007, Ireland West Airport Knock and XL Leisure Group (Ireland) launched a highly demanded new holiday destination to Bourgas in Bulgaria. This new operator and its exciting destination will see direct flights operate from Ireland West Knock every Monday from May 7th to October 1st 2007. XL Leisure Group (Ireland) recently established itself in the Irish market and is a wholly owned subsidiary of XL Airways, one of the world�s leading charter airlines.
The new operation is headed up by Bill Smith, Managing Director and Carol Anne O�Neill, Commercial Director. Both have worked for many years in the travel industry in Ireland. Bill Smith was one of the founding members of Falcon Holidays in Ireland and became managing director and CEO for Falcon/JWT. Carol Anne O�Neill has an extensive background in the travel business in Ireland and was the former Operations Director for Falcon/JWT in Ireland.
XL Holidays, a destination specialist, is expected to introduce strong new competition in the sun holiday market and provide a wider choice to Irish holiday makers. In an industry that has seen rapid changes, XL Holidays comes at a time when both tour operators and the general public alike are seeking new options according to Mr Bill Smith, Managing Director, XL Leisure Group (Ireland). �We believe that the arrival of XL Leisure Group at Ireland West Airport Knock is good news for consumers, tour operators and travel agents in the West and North West region. Thanks to the continued expansion and development of Ireland West Airport Knock, the public in the Airport�s catchment can, and are, taking more holidays abroad than ever before. We believe that the arrival of XL Airways in Ireland West Airport Knock continues to fill an important gap in this market. We intend to offer real variety to consumers and offer a further opportunity to travel retailers to generate extra revenues,� he said.
Commenting at the launch Mr Liam Scollan, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock said: �We are delighted to welcome XL Leisure Group, a very significant new player in Ireland, to our Airport, complementing our ever-widening holiday destination choice. The new service to Bourgas provides people here in our region with a more direct and accessible route to Eastern Europe and to the fastest growing holiday destination from Ireland. We wish XL Leisure Group every success and we look forward to working with them and developing more charters flights from Ireland West Airport Knock in the future.�
For further information on holiday packages and special promotions to Bourgas from Ireland West Airport Knock please logon to www.xl.com or www.irelandwestairport.com.
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