Or is it a plane? Britain's newest "airline" is the Heathrow Express (0845 600 1515). Even though this is a train company, it has just been awarded its own Iata airline code. Just as BA is the code for British Airways and VS is Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow Express becomes 2E*. The 15- minute link will be officially opened by the Prime Minister on Wednesday. The one-way fare in standard class will be pounds 10, in first class pounds 20.
Duty-free sales within the European Union end in a year's time. Until then, expect ridiculously cheap ferry day-trip offers - such as the latest one from Bryant & May. Buy 60p worth of matches, and you get free tickets for five people on P&O's Stena Line from Dover to Calais.
Tomorrow, Air France (0181-742 6600) begins flights from Paris to Havana; this means that travellers from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton and London can reach the Cuban capital with a change of plane at Charles de Gaulle airport. Through agents such as Journey Latin America (0181-747 3108) fares are available for pounds 448 return in June.
The continued strength of Sterling, plus the availability of cheap flights, means Switzerland is once again a competitive destination. The Swiss organisation Reka Holidays, based in the capital Bern, offers family holidays on farms. Prices start at SFr 350 (pounds 200) for a family of four self-catering. Call 00 41 31 329 6633, or fax 00 41 31 329 6601.
The absurd BA World Offer of pounds 299 from London to Tokyo has now been removed from sale, but anyone who got a ticket should call in at Tsukiji market. This is where most of the sushi and sashimi sold in the city originates, and a new restaurant, the Uoshiki, offers a fish lunch for around a fiver.
Bargain air fares to Australia continue until the end of the month; you need not pay more than pounds 600 return. Once there, you could begin drinking vigorously in preparation for the 26th Beer Can Regatta, held in Darwin, northern Australia, on 2 August. The "boats" are made from 6,000 or so empty beer cans. The Northern Territory Tourist Commission (0181-944 2992) says "Cheating and sabotage are mandatory".Reuse content