The world this week
THE CANARIES: Ireland West Airport, or Knock to you and me, has taken delivery of three new flights to the sun. Ryanair has just started a new route to Tenerife, which will operate every Wednesday, and another to Gran Canaria on Tuesdays. In April, a new Thursday service will run to Lanzarote.
The routes will operate yearround, adding to existing scheduled flights to Alicante, Faro, Reus- Barcelona and six UK airports. Fares start from €60 return, including taxes and charges. Aer Lingus flies to Gatwick four times a week from the airport, BMI to Birmingham and Manchester and FlyBe to Edinburgh.
Confusion reigns at Dublin Airport for passengers stepping out of the gleaming new terminal in search of an Air Coach to take them into the city and the south suburbs.
When I landed late one night last week, there wasn’t a sign in sight for the Greystones service, but a high-vis worker told me if I wanted the bus, I’d have to traipse all the way over to Terminal 1 to catch it there.
When I reached the Air Coach stand, on the brink of hypothermia, it was a different story. The staff there said they do indeed stop outside T2 but they haven’t been allowed to advertise it properly.
Whatever the problem, could we stop this nonsense now and get some decent signs up please?
Things are looking up for one of the planet’s most endangered species. A breeding programme to save the critically threatened white rhino has made a promising start. Ever since four of the world’s last eight northern white rhinos were moved from a zoo in the Czech Republic to their new home in the wilds of Kenya, love has been in the air and it is hoped that babies might soon be on the way.
Poaching and civil war has all but wiped out the species, and while the last survivors had no interest in mating in their old home in the Prague snow, it seems they’ve lost their inhibitions now that they’re back in the African bush.
Bounded by vine-covered hills and the lush foliage of the Black Forest, Stuttgart is one of the best cities to live in Europe, with countless parks and the highest salaries in the EU. From next month, the home of Porsche, Jürgen Klinsmann and the world’s tallest flower (Titan Arum) will be within easy reach, thanks to a new direct flight from Dublin. The Aer Lingus route will run four times a week, with fares from €80 return including taxes and charges. The city not only has a dozen natural health springs, it’s also a car lover’s dream. The Mercedes-Benz Museum has dozens of vehicles on display, including the world’s first motorbike, while the new Porsche museum is worth a detour.