Road Warrior


The business of travelling for work

Call that an airport? Beijing to go large

The world’s biggest airport will open in five years’ time 46km south of Beijing. It will be able to manage more than 130 million passengers a year – almost double Heathrow’s 69 million.

Daxing International Airport will be the busiest airport in the world and will cover an area of 55 square kilometres, about the size of Bermuda. It will have space for up to eight runways and the integrated transport hub will bring passengers into Beijing in 30 minutes on a high-speed railway.

Beijing Capital International airport handles 74 million passengers a year and is the second-busiest airport after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in the US.

Putting on the Ritz

Getting silver and bronze may not be as good as gold, but it can be rewarding. The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt came second to the Bellagio in Las Vegas as the best overseas incentive hotel while Dublin was named one of the best incentive destinations after London and Cape Town in Conference and Incentive Magazine’s hot list of places to take your business. Let’s hope we see it translate into some serious business next year.

Got a spare jet?

Does anyone have a lightweight twin-engine jet aircraft they no longer need?

DIT is in the market for the delivery and installation of a secondhand aircraft for maintenance training purposes in the school of mechanical and transport engineering.

The aircraft does not have to be airworthy but does need to have avionics/radio systems, air data instrument systems and the engine turning over. Details on

Drop into Emirates

Customers are welcome to call into the new Emirates office at 2 Hume Street, Dublin 2, from 9am-5pm, where 14 staff will be based to deal with both leisure and business travel customers.

Since Emirates began services on January 9th this year, the airline has carried more than 160,000 passengers and 6,000 tonnes of freight.

Pictured are Margaret Shannon, country manager in Ireland, and Richard Jewsbury, senior vice president commercial operations Europe.

Travel forum

The Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM) will be holding a forum and networking event on Thursday, November 20th, in the Burlington Hotel (above). The event is open to members and non-members.

Topics on the agenda will include online booking tools for travel, how social media, mobile technology and gamification affects travel programmes. Industry professionals will give a perspective on the business travel industry. Free to members and €30 for non-members and ITM connect members. Book places with, or at tel: 00-44-1494-618497.