Something To Declare: Dependable packages; kidnapping in Africa; terminal confusion; Eastbourne
Saturday 06 August 2011
Bargain of the week: Dependable packages
After the collapse of Holidays 4U, other tour operators have raised prices to take advantage of a surge in demand from 50,000 disappointed future customers of the failed firm. However, Thomas Cook's budget Sunset brand has self-catering options in Corfu, flying from Gatwick next Friday, at £313 per person for a week. Those of the right age can fly from Manchester on a Club 18-30 holiday on the same day, and pay £227 for a week (thomascook.com).
The best offer from Thomson, the UK's biggest holiday company (thomson.co.uk), is a fortnight on Rhodes in a hotel with breakfast included, for £275 flying from Glasgow on 16 August. This equates to less than £20 per day. Prices from Manchester are slightly higher.
For more advice on the Holidays 4U collapse, see ind.pn/r80exc
Warning of the week: Kidnapping in Africa
The Australian government has just warned of a "high threat of kidnapping against Westerners in north, west and east Africa". Kenya is among the countries considered particularly high risk. "In the past, foreigners have been kidnapped from their vehicles. Road travel should be undertaken in daylight, in convoy and with a local guide." The bulletin also warns that "Cultural festivals held in north and west Africa are attractive places for terrorists and criminals to identify and target tourists for kidnapping. These bring people to predictable locations along unsecured routes." Foreigners are advised "not to attend major festivals such as the Tuareg Festival in the Desert and the Sahara Nights festival in northern Mali and the Tamadach Festival in Eastern Mali".
Tip of the week: Terminal confusion?
Flying British Airways from Heathrow to Spain or Eastern Europe? Prepare to change terminal. The airline's services to Madrid or Barcelona currently use Terminal 3, which is shared with its sister airline, Iberia. But from 30 October, BA's flights to Spain's largest cities will switch to Terminal 5, while Iberia's remain behind. BA and Iberia sell each other's flights to Madrid and Barcelona under a "code-sharing" agreement, so check the terminal.
To make room for the Spanish flights, services to five destinations are shifting from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3. Passengers to four Eastern European capitals – Bucharest, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw – plus the main Cypriot airport, Larnaca, will be affected.
Destination of the week: Eastbourne
The East Sussex resort has many attributes, writes Richard Madge: it is one of the sunniest places in mainland Britain; Marx and Engels liked to holiday there; and the UK's biggest free air show, known as "Airbourne", takes place this coming weekend (11-14 August; eastbourneairshow.com).
The Red Arrows aerobatic team will perform at 7pm on Friday, 1.30pm on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.
Eastbourne is served by half-hourly Southern train services from London Victoria (hourly on Sundays), all of which call at Gatwick Airport.
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