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Are The Airports Really Worth It?

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014

As the UK enjoys another week of sunshine and children run from the school gates with a “summer holidays are here” smile, airports are bracing themselves for an additional 100,000 departures. Suitcases and hand luggage are being carefully packed so as to not exceed limiting restrictions offered by some of the European budget airlines, and there is of course that ever present fear of summer delays caused by rerouted air traffic, local strikes and of course overcapacity. In fact, it would be true to say that European travel, especially through holiday periods, can be incredibly stressful, not to mention expensive.  So, what of the “staycation”, is this not a better option? Even with our motorways and roadworks, surely traveling to a UK destination is easier? There's none of that relentless airport parking and cueing, €4 charges for soft drinks...

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EasyJet Offer New Cabin Bag Guarantee

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Easyjet have announced a new scheme that guarantees that you can keep your carry on bag in the cabin, even on the busiest flights when they usually place cabin bags in the hold when locker space is limited. Although you will still be able to take a cabin bag on board with dimensions up to 56 x 45 x 25cm, you may find on busier flights that it is placed in the hold. To take advantage of the new guarantee of keeping your bag in the cabin, your bag must be with 50 x 40 x 20cm. We would recommend that you check out the review of The Right Size Cabin...

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British Tourist Released

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013

The BBC reports that two British tourists who were kidnapped in Egypt while on their way to a beach resort have been released. According to the AFP news agency, the pair, thought to be a husband and wife aged 51 and 49, were travelling by car from Cairo to the popular tourist hotspot of Sharm el-Sheik when they were seized by gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula. The Bedouin kidnappers told reporters they wanted the release of four people held over arms trafficking. It was also reported that an Egyptian military intelligence official said the tourists had been freed just hours after their kidnapping. The official added that the British couple is safe and in a security building in Ras Sidr in southern Sinai.   He explained that the couple was freed after police promised the Bedouin they would release...

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Thomas Cook Job Cuts

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013

U.K. travel agent Thomas Cook plans to close down 195 retail travel agencies, which will result in the loss of approximately 2,500 jobs. “It is never easy to make decisions that impact directly on our people, but we also owe it to our customers to shape the business effectively and ensure that when they book their holiday with us, our administrative costs are as low as possible,” said Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser. He went on to say “Even after these changes, we will still have one of the largest retail networks in U.K. travel.” Thomas Cook currently has 15,500 employees and these cuts would mean a 16% reduction in their workforce....

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Balloon Owners 2nd Crash in 18 Months

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It has emerged this evening that “Sky Cruises”, owners of the hot air balloon that crashed earlier this week killing 19 tourists,have admitted to another crash only 18 months ago. They have stated that there were no serious injuries in the 2011 crash and it is understood that the pilot no longer works for the company. It was also reported by the BBC that the owner hopes to be flying again within 6 months. There were a variety of nationalities including 3 brits on board the hot air balloon that this week plummeted 1,000ft close to the ancient city of Luxor.They had booked the flight across some of the most ancient parts of Egypt with tour operators Thomas Cook who have chosen Sky Cruises as their preferred carrier for several years. The area is famed for its pharaonic-era ruins...

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EasyJet Allocated Seating

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

EasyJet today announced that from November 2012 all flights across their network will feature allocated seating. It was only a few weeks ago that we told you about Easyjet's allocated seating trial and what a difference it had made to a recent trip to Malaga. Well, it seems that EasyJet have been listening to the 800,000 passengers during their allocated seating trial which spanned 6,000 flights through the summer. 70% of these passengers felt that it improved EasyJet's present system of boarding and apparently, 60% of passengers during the trial said that they were more likely to fly with Easyjet because of this improvement.   So, what were the favoured seats during the trial? Well, it seems that passengers chose seats on the left hand side of the plane with seats A, B and C being preferred to D,...

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