Two week breaks in decline

August 14th, 2017
holiday patterns changing according to ONS

Traditionally the mass market package holiday that became popular in the 1950s was a two week affair in sunny climates like the south of France, Spain, Portugal and Greece. A combination of a post war boom in travel abroad, and amendments to the convention on International Civil Aviation that allowed for a surge in tourism […]

Too tight to pay for airport parking!

August 11th, 2017

Residents of roads close to Luton Airport have shown their frustration with holidaymakers parking their cars by daubing them with graffiti. Airport travellers are allegedly parking in streets close to Luton Airport to avoid airport parking charges. “Too tight to pay for airport parking”, “Respect for residents” and “Selfish git” were some of the comments […]

Stansted airport meet and greet chaos

August 9th, 2017
meet and greet car parking at stansted airport

Meet and Greet airport car parking has always sold for a premium as the most convenient and hassle free option for parking your car at the airport. However, this was not the case for customers of Stansted Airport’s official meet and greet service run by Empark. Over the weekend, 5th August, the company lost customer’s […]

Hand luggage could be the next airline cash cow

August 8th, 2017
toulouse airport

Back in the halcyon days of airline travel, travellers would pay for a plane ticket and be able to travel with as much luggage as they could carry and requests seat allocations at no extra cost. Nowadays, we are used to paying extra for what were seen as part of the service. It’s not uncommon […]

Car hire repairs scandal

August 6th, 2017
car hire keys at toulouse

Europcar is facing an ever growing compensation bill for the scandal for overcharging customers for repairs to their hire cars. The Daily Telegraph was the first UK newspaper to report the scandal by writing about disclosures from a Europcar manager that staff were paid an extra £4 for spotting damage. Staff at car hire companies […]

Heatwave Lucifer hits Europe

August 5th, 2017
lucifer sunshine in europe

Large parts of Europe will be sweltering in temperatures in excess of 100F (40C) this weekend. The heatwave has been nicknamed “Lucifer”, reaching peak temperatures in Greece, Croatia, Italy France and Spain. The European weather station “Meteoalarm” iss issuing red status alarms for 10 countries. Fears of forest fires, drought and heat fatigue for the […]

How early should you arrive for flight check-in

August 4th, 2017

The chaos at European airports continues to get worse with people missing flights due to delays at passport control and security staff strikes. Yesterday we wrote about the delays caused by new EU regulations requiring member states to check all passports from outside the Schengen area against a number of databases including Interpol. Airlines are […]

Shameful airport queues for British holidaymakers

August 3rd, 2017

British holidaymakers are having to wait hours in queues for passport control at European airports this summer due to tighter border controls. There have been reports of people fainting at airports popular with British holidaymakers while waiting in long lines for up to 4 hours just to get through passport control. The airline association, Airlines for Europe (A4E), […]

UK and France to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040

July 28th, 2017

The UK and French governments have pledged to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has warned that Britain “can’t carry on” with petrol and diesel cars because of the damage that they are doing to people’s health and the planet. “There is no alternative to embracing new technology,” he said. […]

Would you like to have your luggage collected from your door before travelling?

July 25th, 2017

Government proposals outlined by a strategy document for the Department for Transport could see the UK adopting systems used in Hong Kong and Japan allowing travellers to drop of their luggage in city centres. These schemes in Hong Kong and Japan are used to save space on public transport. This service is different to the […]