Tuesday 23 January 2018

The Punt: Dublin Airport up for top prize

Leicester City, and manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: PA
Leicester City, and manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: PA
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Dublin Airport has been shortlisted for the Airport Council International (ACI) Europe's 'Best Airport Award, in the airports with over 25 million passengers per year category.

Dublin will be up against Heathrow, Frankfurt, Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The ACI awards recognise excellence and achievement across a whole range of disciplines including retail, security, operations, facilities, community relations, environmental awareness and customer service.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said: "I am immensely proud to see Dublin Airport shortlisted for such an esteemed award. It is a testament to hard work, dedication and commitment of the airport's employees.

"We constantly strive to improve the passenger experience, and to make Dublin Airport one of the best in the world."

The winners will be announced next month at the ACI General Assembly in Athens. Dublin Airport has welcomed 5.5 million passengers in the first three months of the year, a 17pc increase over the same quarter last year or an extra 817,000 passengers so far this year.

It comes just days after IAG warned that the expansion of Aer Lingus' transatlantic services will be slowed if Dublin Airport doesn't deliver infrastructure improvements to alleviate aircraft congestion there.

Banking on a Hillary victory

Brexit and a Hillary Clinton failure: two things that would make Donald Trump happy.

They're also equally unlikely, with the probability of either around 20pc, according to Standard Bank's Head of G-10 Strategy, Sean Barrow.

He emphasised that it's a subjective call - which, at a time when professional pollsters have produced a string of high-profile failures, may do little to tarnish its authority, Bloomberg has reported.

In contrast with the 5,000/1 odds overturned by the English Premier League champions Leicester City, and manager Claudio Ranieri, below, current polling on these events is too conservative, he has written in a note to clients. Barrow gives Hillary an "over 80pc chance" of victory, compared to 73pc shown in bookmakers' odds, while the probability of the UK staying in the EU is the same, he says, even though bookies assign it a two-thirds probability.

Currency markets are already taking into account the possibility of an end to the UK's 43-year membership of the European bloc, but they don't appear to be giving much credibility to the idea of President Trump.

Walsh: retiring not on the radar

Willie Walsh has insisted he isn't hanging up his wings just yet, despite turning 55 later in the year.

The boss of airline group IAG, which owns Aer Lingus and British Airways among others, said he would have been expecting to retire at 55 in his previous life as a pilot.

But now that he's moved into the corporate world, he's got other plans.

"I was 17 when I started as a pilot," he told the Sunday Telegraph.

"For the first 18 years that I was flying, I was getting used to the idea of having to retire at 55 but now that I am approaching that age, I've realised that 55 is very, very young."

Walsh, known for being much more diplomatic than his Ryanair counterpart Michael O'Leary, once again reiterated his admiration for the latter.

Although O'Leary recently dismissively said that Walsh "hasn't done much so far" with Aer Lingus, the latter is generally more complimentary about O'Leary.

Walsh said Ryanair's transformation since O'Leary pledged to improve customer service has been "stunning".

"You have to give him [O'Leary] credit that when he decides to do something, he certainly goes about it" Walsh said.

Irish Independent

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