Something To Declare: BMI domestic flights; Kenya; Eastern Easter; Icelandic spectacular
Friday 13 April 2012
Bargain of the week: BMI domestic flights
While the future of BMI remains unsettled – the takeover by BA has not yet been confirmed – the airline continues to fly its usual schedule, and to sell flights at below cost. From its Heathrow base, there is good availability – particularly between Tuesday and Friday mornings – on its £39 lowest one-way fare to and from its main domestic destinations of Belfast City, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Check out options on the Low Fare Finder (bit.ly/BMI39). You need to book at least 10 days ahead, and be prepared to fly at 7am or even earlier.
The carrier is also selling market-beating fares to Marrakech (£143 return), Casablanca (£174 return) and Amman in Jordan (£207 return).
Assuming the BA takeover goes through, BMI's summer schedule – to the end of October – is set to operate as normal.
Warning of the week: Kenya
The US State Department has issued a new warning to travellers that says: "Those considering travel to Kenya should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas." The Foreign Office has published a list of what it describes as 10 terrorist attacks in the past six months at locations across Kenya. Its latest travel advice says these incidents illustrate the capacity of terrorist groups in Somalia to carry out attacks in Kenya: "One of the most likely perpetrators of an attack in Kenya is al-Shabaab. Kenya is seen by al-Shabaab as a legitimate target because of its military intervention in Somalia in support of the Somali government. Al-Shabaab has previously issued public threats against Kenya."
Destination of the week: Eastern Easter
If the Western Easter was a washout for you, note that in the Orthodox calendar tomorrow is Easter Sunday. If you decide to head for the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens, easyJet has a departure from Gatwick to the Greek capital at 3.20 this afternoon, and another at 9.30am tomorrow. Coming back Wednesday, you can expect a fare of £250-£300.
Tip of the week: Icelandic spectacular
Bookings are now open for flights to Reykjavik in March next year, which is the location for a rare convergence of wildlife and natural phenomena. The Northern Lights are expected to be exceptionally visible next winter, and Discover the World (01737 214250; discover-the-world.co.uk) believes there is also "a small window of opportunity to see large groups of killer whales" from the island's Snaefellsnes peninsula in February and March. The company has packaged flights, three nights' full board, two whale-watching excursions and local transport for £930 per person, based on two sharing.
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