Direct route to Turkey

DIRECT flights from Dublin and Cork to Turkey have helped ease the path for Wings Abroad to build up their profile in the Irish market.

The 2011 programme features a selection of hotels and apartments from 3 star to 5 star catering in Kusadasi, Gumbet, Bitez and Altinkum.

The new operator can also boast exclusivity in many popular Irish property favourites, including the Pine Club, Melissa and Golden Day Wings Hotel.

Prices start from €319 per person, including flights, transfers, bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3 star hotel in May. Wings Abroad direct flight from Cork to Izmir commences on May 15 and will operate until the first week in October from €299 per person.

Contact Wings Abroad on lo-call 1890 929939, log on to or visit any local travel agent.

* TOPFLIGHT has launched its summer sun brochure with the promise of highly competitive prices.

Topflight MD Tony Collins and his business partner Carmel O’Reilly are introducing, where possible, cheaper options without compromising on value.

The message is to book early and save; offers include free children’s holidays, two weeks for the price of one, and better all-inclusive holidays.

More information on 01 2401700, or visit

* VINTAGE shopping, culinary cuisine, super-hip bars and beautiful scenery make the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo a decent option for a spring break.

With SAS operating direct from Dublin to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo — flights can be as little as €57 one way, including taxes and charges — this is a good time to make a break.

The current fares won’t last long, though, with cheapies phased out from March 22.

That’s not to say that there won’t be another promotion in the next couple of weeks because that seems to be the way the airline industry is going.

Visit to check out what’s available.

* DISCOVERIRELAND.IE has launched a new series of special offers for spring, with details on deals throughout the country.

Although it’s hardly appropriate to mention food given the number of people who might now be on the breadline in this country, there is a culinary feast in every area of the land and appropriate festivals to go with it.

There really is a lot to see on this small island and it’s no harm to keep home towards the top of the holiday agenda.

At least, always keep an eye on offers, because those offers are genuinely ongoing week by week and month by month.

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