AirAsia X blames APD for decision to cancel Gatwick Service

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AirAsia X  the Malaysian airline is to withdraw its services from London Gatwick and Paris to Kuala Lumpur at the end of March. CEO Azran Osman-Rani said the decision was down to continued high fuel prices, weakening demand and “exorbitant government taxes”. “The implementation of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the escalating Air Passenger Duty taxes in UK, which will rise yet again in April 2012, has forced our decision to withdraw our services to Europe,” he said. Gatwick Airport …

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Thomas Cook Flight Crew to strike?

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Thomas Cook Airlines cabin crew have decided to strike after redundacies were announced.  They  voted in favour of industrial action over 498 job losses. In a consultative ballot, the members of the Unite union decided to take industrial action over the  redundancy plans. This followed a break-down in talks with the company’s management over its refusal to improve the redundancy terms.  At the moment, Thomas Cook Group are offering two weeks per year redundancy pay. Unite is demanding a minimum of …

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Mobile Phones & Internet access on planes is not wanted

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In a surprising survey less than 5% of passengers want in-flight mobile and internet access according to a survey by a leading flight search engine, Fly.com. The survey, which asked over 1300 frequent travellers, found that more than 30% of travellers would actually be put off airlines offering these services. Amongst objections raised included disturbance from people talking on phones and interruptions from emails and social networking sites while travelling. Meanwhile, 62% of travellers are still concerned about the safety risks …

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Fear of flying courses, flying phobia

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If you have a fear of flying and find the idea of jetting away as an in surmountable challenge, then there is a solution to your problem. Virgin operate courses and will take you on an aircraft, give pre flight support and actually fly you on a aircraft with in-flight support courses are not cheap at £249, but if it solves a problem which can cause such, distress and partnership problems.    Please see link  

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Ryan Air steals a march on rivals by launching its own pre paid Mastercardrivals

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Ryanair lanched its own prepaid Mastercard on the 12th of September, if you remember in one of our previous posts we recommended using one of these cards to waive credit card charges, Ryanair as always is best at  innovation and they have launched their own card to tap this market, it’s managed by Access Prepaid Worldwide and is launching on the 04th of October 2011.  The card purchase fee of £6 will be reimbursed to Ryanair passengers since each cardholder …

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Londons New Airport that already exists but everyone is ignoring,

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Manston Airport in Kent (Kent International) has one of the best runways in the UK, its 7 miles from the coast and the local district Council is in favour of it developing as a major passenger airport, its only 16 miles from the High Speed rail link and is already operating as an airport, so why is the Coalition Government ignoring this vital bit of infrastructure that could take the pressure off Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted  

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New York flight for a snip at £299

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Found a New York Return fare for £299 inclusive of taxes for travel up to 30th November 2011,  It’s on Kuwait Airlines which is a dry airline (No alcohol) but it’s direct  on a Boeing 777-200 which is a very young aircraft and operates on Tues/Thurs/Sat in both Directions, flights are from Heathrow  and into New York JFK,  link for this is Southall Travel see hotel story for good 3* and 4* hotel rates from $225 per night  link  

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City Break Best Value & Best Suggestions

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If you want to get away for a city break and want to get the best value in this age of auserity then can I suggest the following break;  Budapest a city  (2 city’s in reality  Bud & Pest) of culture and history,   best price I found for the 4th of November for 3 nts was with Wizz Air out of Luton  £86,  I used Skyscanner which I have recommended on a number of occasions, there is no connection …

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Worlds Safest Airlines – Official figures from ATRA

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The Swiss Based (ATRA) has published a list of the World’s safest airlines. The safest airlines in Europe are British Airways, Air France/KLM, & Lufthansa, the Safest in the US are American & American Eagle, Continental, Delta, No Frills airline Southwest, United and US Airways. The Australian Airline Qantas failed to make it to the top ten due to the incidents relating to the A380 incident, the only airline outside Europe & the US was Japan Airlines. ATRA used available …

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Chase the winter sun, where to go

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It’s always great to travel away to the sun in the winter, if you are on a tight budget, then the Canaries is the answer, it’s low cost, 4 hours away and tax free, so cheap drinks and tobacco.  Best place to search for seats is Skyscanner.net,  I find prices for flights at about £82 (incredable price for 8.5 hours of flying) and for accommodation beds I would suggest  hotelshotelshotels.co.uk I found a 1 bedroom apartment for £126. Egypt is a …

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