News: mixed news for start-ups; Croatia calls time on drinkers

The best deals, the latest hot spots and what's new in travel


Mixed news for start-ups

Mixed news for start-ups

Travellers in south-east England get a new option from this week that could speed their journeys as well as saving cash. EUjet is due to start flying on Wednesday, 1 September, from Kent International Airport, otherwise known as Manston. Its location in Ramsgate means flight times are shorter than from other south-east airports; the journey time for the first flight of the day to Amsterdam is 50 minutes, 20 minutes less than easyJet from Gatwick or Luton. To Geneva - which begins on 13 December - the flying time from Manston is 85 minutes, offering a 20-minute saving over Luton departures.

Manston is well located for travellers who like to drive to the airport. It claims to be 50 minutes from the M25 at Dartford, and parking costs a modest £5 a day or £20 per week.Fares are currently very low. At the time of going to press, you could fly to Amsterdam next Wednesday and back on Thursday for £29 return. Manston to Copenhagen next weekend is on offer for £71 return; later in the autumn Madrid costs £40 return, and Bergamo (for Milan) £48.

The record of start-up airlines in the past year has been mixed. An airline called Now failed to get off the ground at Luton; Birmingam-based Duo went bust four months ago leaving tens of thousands of prospective passengers out of pocket; but Thomsonfly, with the resources of Europe's biggest holiday company behind it, is flourishing at Coventry. Nexus Airways, a Liverpool-based start-up, was planning to launch flights "to destinations throughout the world" this year, but has now postponed services until 2005.

* FlyBlu, which intended to operate from Birmingham to Florida this year, has put its plans on hold; the airline has been taking "registrations" for winter flights with no definite commitment to operate. The chief executive, Aden Murcutt, says a winter start-up would lose the airline £3m, and "the economics of this period look too bleak to operate". The reservations system has been closed "until we are fully ready for the off". The airline is also facing a legal challenge from the US low-cost carrier, jetBlue, and may be forced to change its name. But Mr Murcutt is confident that flights to Sanford (Orlando), Fort Lauderdale, and the Gulf Coast will start next year.

EUjet (0870 414 1414; www.eujet.com)

FlyBlu ( www.flyblu.com)

Nexus Airways ( www.nexusairways.com)

Croatia calls time on drinkers

Holidaymakers in Croatia who take a glass of wine with lunch risk an on-the-spot fine of 1,500 kunas (£100) - the penalty for motorists with the slightest trace of alcohol in their blood.

The new law was introduced last weekend in response to the high death rate on the country's roads. In Croatia, more than twice as many people are killed by motorists than in Britain.

The fine applies to a blood-alcohol level of below 50mg per 100ml of blood. Beyond this - the prevailing limit in most European countries - the fine doubles and the motorist's licence may also be suspended. The blood alcohol limit in Britain is 80mg per 100ml.

The number of tourists visiting Croatia has risen sharply since the end of civil war in the former Yugoslavia. In the first seven months of 2004, nearly five million visitors travelled to the country, mostly to the Adriatic coast.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
News
people Emma Watson addresses celebrity nude photo leak
Arts and Entertainment
tv
News
Katie Hopkins appearing on 'This Morning' after she purposefully put on 4 stone.
peopleKatie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
Life and Style
fashionAngelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Sport
Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Mario Balotelli
footballRadamel Falcao and Diego Costa head record £835m influx
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint kiss in Doctor Who episode 'Deep Breath'
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Olivia Colman topped the list of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting
tv
Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
Arts and Entertainment
Danish director Lars von Trier
tvEnglish-language series with 'huge' international cast set for 2016
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Life and Style
tech
News
Kelly Brook
peopleA spokesperson said the support group was 'extremely disappointed'
Sport
Andy Murray celebrates a shot while playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
TennisWin sets up blockbuster US Open quarter-final against Djokovic
Arts and Entertainment
Hare’s a riddle: Kit Williams with the treasure linked to Masquerade
booksRiddling trilogy could net you $3m
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    VB.NET and C# developer (VB.NET,C#,ASP.NET)

    £30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...

    Business Development Manager / Sales Pro

    £30 - 35k + Uncapped Comission (£70k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Business Develop...

    Day In a Page

    'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

    'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

    US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
    Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

    A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

    Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
    Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

    James Frey's literary treasure hunt

    Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
    Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

    Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

    What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
    Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

    Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

    Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
    Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

    The big names to look for this fashion week

    This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
    Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

    'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

    Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
    Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

    Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

    Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
    Al Pacino wows Venice

    Al Pacino wows Venice

    Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
    Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

    Neil Lawson Baker interview

    ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
    The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

    The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

    Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
    The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

    The model for a gadget launch

    Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
    Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

    She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

    Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
    Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

    Get well soon, Joan Rivers

    She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
    Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

    A fresh take on an old foe

    Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering