Destination of the week: Corfu
Greek islands are notable by their absence from the schedules of Britain's no-frills airlines; the only destination in Greece is Athens, served by easyJet from Luton and Gatwick and by Flyglobespan from Stansted. However, from this week, Corfu-bound travellers on scheduled flights can opt to go via Cologne, rather than make the usual time-consuming and expensive connection in Athens.
Starting next Tuesday, Europe's third-largest low-cost carrier, Air Berlin (0870 738 8880; www.airberlin.com), will start flying to Corfu from Cologne. The German city is easy to reach from airports across Britain. Flights on the Corfu leg are expensive (typically around €280/£200 return from Cologne), though this compares well with peak-season charter fares.
One problem is that the homebound flight from Corfu reaches Germany too late for a same-day connection, but travellers can turn this to their advantage by including a stopover in the city.
The fares that are being commanded on the new link are likely to provoke one or more UK-based airlines to start flights to Corfu. Thomsonfly.com and some other mainly charter operators offer seat-only services to Corfu from a range of UK airports, but only on a couple of days each week.
British Airways has expanded its services to the southern Adriatic with new links this summer from Gatwick to Tirana and Manchester to Dubrovnik, but has steered clear of Corfu. Given the well-heeled British expatriate clientele on Corfu, it seems likely that Monarch Scheduled, easyJet or another airline will soon begin services.
Warning of the week: an Asbo, Australian-style
The Wild West Saloon in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, celebrates the primitive days of the Gold Rush, but anyone tempted to indulge in uncouth behaviour faces a slew of deterrents.
"Drunken, disorderly or troublesome behaviour will not be tolerated," says the management. "If you become visibly affected by liquor while inside, we have an obligation to ask you to leave the premises. (This is the law.) If you are asked to leave, please do so without arguing."
On the practice of "street drinking", the management warns that "unless you have been living under a rock, you should know this is against the law." Oh, and "no bare feet; no children."
"Other than that," the management concludes, "have a great time."
Bargain of the week: Latin America for less
Fares to Central and South America have been rising steadily for a couple of years, but low-cost airlines have been moving in to offer alternatives to the established carriers. AirMadrid (00 34 902 51 52 51; www.airmadrid.com) has developed a network from the Spanish capital to San Jose, Panama City, Bogota, Cartagena, Lima, Santiago and Buenos Aires. At present, the Argentinian capital is on offer for €712 (£507) in November. You can reach Madrid cheaply from Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester, which makes the overall price highly competitive with offers from airlines such as Iberia and the US carriers. Note, however, that if anything goes wrong with the connecting flights, you are on your own.