Extra flights made available for Munster clash

A TRAVEL company says it’s likely to put on an extra flight for the Munster vs Biarritz clash because of the “phenomenal response” by “Red Army” supporters.

Meanwhile, Ryanair yesterday announced extra day return flights for Munster rugby fans travelling to San Sebastian in northern Spain.

The company said they were adding one extra flight between Dublin and Biarritz on May 1, returning on May 3. On May 2 they are also adding day return flights to Biarritz from Cork and Shannon.

Ryanair predicted the flights, with one-way fares from €154, will sell out quickly.

Dawson Travel put package details on its website last Monday morning and within four hours had 400 enquiries.

It seems that even in the middle of a recession Munster supporters will find the cash to follow their heroes to northern Spain — where they hope to win the Heineken Cup semi-final encounter.

Paul Dawson, of Dawson Travel, said the response from fans was far more than they had anticipated.

The company is offering a day trip to the crunch game for €468 (including tax), but it is finding the two-night stay more popular, even though it will set fans back €648 (including tax) — and the prices don’t include tickets.

“The weekend package is selling more. I think that’s because we will be staying in San Sebastian itself. A lot of people haven’t been to that part of the world and are anxious to see it,” Mr Dawson said.

He said that if the weekend package sold out — as he expected it will by early next week — then the company would put on an extra weekend package flight.

“We have the option of an additional flight. The only thing is that the hotels in San Sebastian are very tight. We’d hope to source more beds there, but we could also source them in either Bilbao or Biarritz,” he added.

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