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Emirates expect ‘tsunami’ of bookings as demand returns

The Country Manager for Emirates airline in Ireland has said they are seeing high booking levels and he expects that they will go “from a trickle of demand to a tsunami”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Enda Corneille said they are already seeing very strong advance bookings for the rest of the year, especially at Christmas.

“We’re going to get back quicker than maybe we would have thought,” he said.

From today, international travel restrictions ease, as Ireland joins the rest of the EU in implementing the Digital Covid Certificate.

Mr Corneille said while the digital cert doesn’t apply to Emirates, which flies from Dublin to Dubai, “anything that gets people flying, anything that gets people to the airport and comfortable with their experience will be good for the airlines”.

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He said he expects the travel experience will develop through word of mouth and as people compare their experiences.

Mr Corneille said the delay in opening up countries including Australia and New Zealand, will hold them back in bringing back extra capacity.

He said all airlines are entering the riskiest period as they come out this pandemic.

He said Emirates will be taking a “gradual” approach and described today’s opening up as a necessary first step in generating consumer confidence.

Eddie Wilson, chief executive of Ryanair

Meanwhile, Eddie Wilson, the chief executive of Ryanair has said that airline bookings are “very strong”.

Mr Wilson said once travellers adjust to the use of the Covid digital certificate regime, he believes international travel will get back to “normal”.

“Once people know exactly what the rules are, the digital cert is working exceptionally well,” he said speaking on the News at One.

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